Need W10 Pro activation info from dead computer

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  1. WacoJohn's Avatar
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    W10-64 Pro
       #1

    Need W10 Pro activation info from dead computer


    Old Toshiba laptop running W10 Pro died.
    Bought a cheap replacement for it .. out of the box W10 S HOME.

    I can upgrade it from Windows Store to W10 PRO (If I read it right) with either a 'product key' or $99.

    I have a license for Pro sitting on a Toshiba which I MIGHT be able to boot up, but not sure that would help because it was an OEM W7 Pro upgraded to W10 Pro and I read the key is not shown on it anyway,

    Any clear suggestions on what I can do short of spending $99??? Thank you in advance for your time.
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  2. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 21H1 19043.928
       #2

    The license on the Toshiba is of no use to you.

    I see Win10 licenses offered at low prices from sites that I usually regard as legitimate. Example: Guru3D.com However, I have no idea about what you'd get. Maybe the key would work, only to be blacklisted later. Feeling lucky?
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Were you signed in with a Microsoft account on the old computer?
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  4. WacoJohn's Avatar
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    W10-64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    thank you both.


    I will spend the 99$. It's only money. The Toshiba was using a private account not an MS account.
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  5. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #5

    Hello @WacoJohn,

    Just for information . . .

     License Types and Rules

    MS offers Win 10 Licenses in many channels governed by different rules, but for most users, you can only acquire a License through the OEM [ Original Equipment Manufacturer ] or Retail channel.

    An OEM License refers to the License that a manufacturer installs on new devices. If this is your case, the Product Key is NOT transferable, and you can NOT use it to Activate another installation [ unless you are re-activating a new installation on the same computer ].

    A Retail License refers to the License that you acquire when purchasing a copy of Win 10 from your local store or an online retailer [ such as from MS or Amazon for example ]. If you have a Win 10 Retail License, you CAN transfer the Product Key to another computer, as long as you DEACTIVATE the Product Key on the other computer.

    A Volume License is designed for large Businesses, Education, and Government. Usually, a Volume License allows organizations to use one master Product Key to Activate ANY installation of Win 10. Although you can use this License multiple times on different computers, you can NOT transfer it with the device when the system ownership changes, and you are NOT allowed to use the License to Activate devices that are NOT part of the Organization.



    I hope this helps.
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  6. WacoJohn's Avatar
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    thanks,


    Thank you. I have never seen it broken down so well. Will toss it into Google Keep for future ref.
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  7. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #7

    WacoJohn said:
    Thank you. I have never seen it broken down so well. Will toss it into Google Keep for future ref.
    You are VERY welcome.
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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    WacoJohn said:
    I will spend the 99$. It's only money. The Toshiba was using a private account not an MS account.
    That's too bad. Microsoft has been known to move OEM licenses to new computers via the Microsoft account login.
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #9

    WacoJohn said:
    Old Toshiba laptop running W10 Pro died.
    Bought a cheap replacement for it .. out of the box W10 S HOME.....

    It is possible to switch W10 S Home to W10 Home for free, if that's any help.....
    ....There's no charge to switch out of S mode.
    Switch out of S mode in Windows 10 for Free
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  10. WacoJohn's Avatar
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    W10-64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Bree, that's what I thought when I bought the new computer, but when I went to Activation to go to HOME, the only option I saw was $99 for PRO or a product key. Guess ... no, I mean for certain, it's all too late now. Thank you all again.
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