Determine if Windows License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

    Determine if Windows License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

    How to Determine if Windows License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume
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    How to Determine if Windows License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

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    When it comes to purchasing licenses for Windows there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. The most common license types are Retail (FPP (Full Packaged Product)), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), and Volume Licensing. Each Windows license type confers rights and imposes restrictions based on the Microsoft Software License Terms.

    For more information, see:

    Licensing Logic: Whats the difference between OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses? | TechNet UK Blog

    License Type Description
    Retail This when you buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), commonly known as a "boxed copy", of Windows from a retail merchant or purchases Windows online from the Microsoft Store. Product keys can be transferred to another PC.
    OEM Product keys are issued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and are not-for-resale and may not be transferred to another computer. They may, however, be transferred with the computer if the computer is transferred to new ownership. If the OEM PC came preinstalled with Windows 8 or Windows 10, then the product key will be embedded in the UEFI firmware chip.
    Volume KMS Client and Volume MAK product keys, are volume license keys that are not-for-resale. They are issued by organizations for use on client computers associated in some way with the organization. Volume license keys may not be transferred with the computer if the computer changes ownership. This form of licensing typically applies for business, government and educational institutions, with prices for volume licensing varying depending on the type, quantity and applicable subscription-term. A volume license key (VLK) denotes the product key used when installing software licensed in bulk, which allows a single product key to be used for multiple installations. For example, the Windows Enterprise edition is activated with a volume license key.


    This tutorial will show you how to determine if your Windows is activated with a Retail, OEM, or Volume channel license type.




    Here's How:

    1. Open a command prompt.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    slmgr -dli

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    3. After a short moment, a Windows Script Host dialog will open to show you what license type your Windows is using. (see screenshots below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    28 Aug 2017 #1
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    Highlight this: slmgr.vbs -dli Then do A or B below:

    A:
    Press Ctrl+C
    Press Key+R
    Press Ctrl+V
    Hit Enter


    B:
    Right-Click the highlighted command and select 'Copy'
    Press and release the Key OR Click the Icon on the Taskbar
    Press Ctrl+V
    Hit Enter


    Same end result, different entrance.
    (Addding the '.vbs' extension allows it to be run directly minus the console(?).)

    (Could just be my wacky system too... In that case, YMMV!!)

    Opinion Incoming:
    Brink et al., I think EVERY Micro-Soft™©® "agent/rep/programmer/associate/affiliate/help-desk-jockey/..." should be required to obtain, at a minimum, a B+ (Old-School A-F scale) on a seven/eight/tenforums.com +Cert. Program before ever touching a power button or initiating a 'Remote Assistance Session'...
    Keep up the good fight!!
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Aug 2017 at 10:53. Reason: removed broken images
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  2.    28 Aug 2017 #2
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    Problem with this, it does not do anything for telling status of digital licences from a 7/8 upgrade, as you only get a generic 10 key.

    According to EULA, upgrade gets same status as original install, but it is well established that you cannot (as far as we know) tell the history of a digital licence - this is why transferring digital licences to a new device works regardless of compliance with EULA.

    In reality, digital licences have blurred the boundary between oem and standalone.
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  3.    28 Aug 2017 #3
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    Product keys are issued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and are not-for-resale and may not be transferred to another computer. They may, however, be transferred with the computer if the computer is transferred to new ownership. If the OEM PC came preinstalled with Windows 8 or Windows 10, then the product key will be embedded in the UEFI firmware chip.
    You can also buy an OEM license from Newegg for example. Many people do as it is cheaper than full retail even though according to the EULA it is only intended for new build PCs you intend to sell. It still has the transfer restrictions of a built in license but in that case the key isn't embedded in firmware.

    I think a distinction between OEM license you can buy and OEM license that comes preinstalled on a new Dell/Lenovo etc would help this tutorial.
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