1.    28 Feb 2017 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2017
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    windows 10 Pro

    Q: Moving license from one PC to another

    Details pls:

    3 yrs ago I purchased Windows 8.1 Pro (Retail !)

    I reinstalled to have Windows 10 pro.Now I want buying a new PC.

    Can I move the license to the new PC?

    If not:

    Can I add an HDD, and change CPU?

    Thanks guys :-)
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  2.    28 Feb 2017 #2
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,829
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Yes you can transfer the retail license you purchased for 8.1 to a new machine. You have rights to transfer the upgraded windows 10 to the new machine in place of the Windows 8.1 installation. Not both. If you have a Microsoft account linked to your Windows 10, the activation after transfer should take place automatically.

    You must remove the Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Pro from the old machine to comply with EULA terms. If the old machine had a license for an earlier version of Windows, you can reinstall that older version for transfer to a new owner, or for reuse by yourself.

    If, instead, you wish to add an HDD, and change CPU, that should not affect your Windows 10 installation.
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  3.    28 Feb 2017 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2017
    Posts : 2
    windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thank you so much Fafhrd!!!


    I couldn't expect any better answer.

    I'm very glad to know my Retail license of 8 is good to serve as a 10 in a new computer.
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  4.    28 Feb 2017 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,829
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Your'e welcome! Welcome to Tenforums.
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  5.    28 Feb 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,373
    Windows 10 Pro

    Here's a couple Microsoft links to help you, @Dowin,


    Look at "You recently made a significant hardware change" in the link above.


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