Windows 10: Can this OS be moved to a new build computer?

  1.    17 Sep 2016 #1

    Can this OS be moved to a new build computer?


    I want to move the OS (Win 10 pro) from an older computer to a new build.
    The sys. started as a Win 7 full retail sys. Then was updated Win 8 / 8.1. Then updated to Win 10.
    Can someone say if this can be moved and then activated? Thanks, undine.
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  2.    17 Sep 2016 #2

    It should; if it is truly a truly a retail key. The upgraded OS to 10 should have converted the product key to a 10 key. So, using the MS media creation tool with the ISO on a USB (easiest IMO) and doing a clean install with your current key should work just fine. If not then a phone call to MS to activate it over the phone will work.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/950929
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  3.    18 Sep 2016 #3

    Plankton, Thanks for your reply and link. I'll give it a try.
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  4.    18 Sep 2016 #4

    undine said: View Post
    I want to move the OS (Win 10 pro) from an older computer to a new build.
    The sys. started as a Win 7 full retail sys. Then was updated Win 8 / 8.1. Then updated to Win 10.
    Can someone say if this can be moved and then activated? Thanks, undine.
    If you did an upgrade/update from 8.1 to 10 the answer is no. You will need to get a new retail key for the new build. The key that's used in the upgrade is a generic one and is not transferable.
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  5.    18 Sep 2016 #5

    BunnyJ....did MS change that....as it worked for me using 8.1 and windows 10.... on 10, prior to the Anniversary update.
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  6.    18 Sep 2016 #6

    Plankton said: View Post
    BunnyJ....did MS change that....as it worked for me using 8.1 and windows 10.... on 10, prior to the Anniversary update.
    It's always been that you can't transfer a upgrade license from one PC to another one. The license is bound to that motherboard and unless the new build makes use of the exact same motherboard the new PC will need a new license. Accoring to the OP it states that 8.1 was updated/upgraded to 10 and it wasn't done with a retail key therefore it can't be transferred.

    I hope that makes sense.

    Jeff
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