"Saving" Retail Pro licenses for use in future systems


  1. Posts : 1,765
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    "Saving" Retail Pro licenses for use in future systems


    I hope this is the right place for this question. I would like to reuse Retail Pro licenses for OEM Home systems.

    I have two old, "broken down" systems with Retail Pro licenses, both included in my Microsoft account. These systems are old, have problem, so I want to "scrap out" these systems (recycle the parts, etc.) At the same time, my wife's new laptop is only OEM Home. I also expect to get an OEM Home license when I get a new laptop later this year or early next year.

    Can I somehow "save" these Retail Pro licenses and then apply them to the OEM Home systems? I don't want to actually scrap out the two old systems until I know how to save the licenses, if that is possible.
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  2. Posts : 2,182
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #2

    As long as they are retail Windows licenses you can reuse them. They will activate fine as long as they are not being used on another computer at the same time. I have done so many times.

    OEM Windows licenses are meant to only be used on one computer and are not transferable.

    BTW, my son gave me an old broken laptop he got at an auto salvage yard. I pulled the Window 7 Home license from it. I reused the key on another computer I have. Note the laptop originally had Windows Vista on it so Windows 7 was probably retail.
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  3. Posts : 18,430
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    Do you have the Windows 10 Pro retail product keys?
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  4. Posts : 1,765
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    NavyLCDR said:
    Do you have the Windows 10 Pro retail product keys?
    Not sure. From the age of these systems, they were Win 7 upgrades. I'll have to check my records. Or, can I retrieve the product keys?

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    MisterEd said:
    As long as they are retail Windows licenses you can reuse them. They will activate fine as long as they are not being used on another computer at the same time. I have done so many times.
    In technical terms, what are the steps?
    • Do I need to deactivate the licenses first on the old systems?
    • Where are the licenses stored? Or, how do I retrieve them?
    • Do I just apply the retrieved keys to the OEM licenses? At that point, do the systems become Retail licensed?


    OEM Windows licenses are meant to only be used on one computer and are not transferable.
    Understood.
    BTW, my son gave me an old broken laptop he got at an auto salvage yard. I pulled the Window 7 Home license from it. I reused the key on another computer I have. Note the laptop originally had Windows Vista on it so Windows 7 was probably retail.
    Good deal. Did that auto salvage yard system boot up? Or did you somehow extract the license after retrieving the hard drive from the salvage yard system?

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    So I look at this problem as an opportunity to extend my technical knowledge.

    As I pointed out in another thread, I'm not an IT professional, but I still seek to increase my technical knowledge. I'm often the go to person for my family and friends on Windows/systems issues. Right now I'm about to install an SSD into the laptop of a friend who runs Linux on his laptop (for his work) and is extremely reluctant to open up any of his hardware. He will plug in cables, but that's it.
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  5. Posts : 18,430
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    Since the old computers were upgrades from Windows 7, their current Windows 10 Product Keys are probably the generic.
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  6. Posts : 2,182
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #6

    If Windows is installed on a computer there are programs that can tell you what the Product Key is. The laptop I had would not even power up. I pulled the hard drive and put it in an external enclosure. I used one of these programs to scan the drive and find the Product Key. Of course if you already know what the Product Key is you won't have to do this.

    ShowKeyPlus
    Download ShowKeyPlus - MajorGeeks

    You don't have to deactivate Windows on the original computer before reinstalling and activating it on another computer.As long as you don't use the original one any more there shouldn't be a problem.
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