How to Transfer a Windows 10 License to another Computer

If you have recently purchased a new device, there’s a high probability that it might come with a copy of Windows pre-installed. However, if you’ve built a custom PC or are upgrading from the previous pre-installed copy of Windows to another version, you may need a Windows 10 license to activate. Nonetheless, a user is entitled to have his license transferred depending upon how the key was purchased. This post will guide you on How to Transfer a Windows 10 License to another Computer.

How to Transfer Windows 10 Product Key to Another PC

How to Transfer a Windows 10 License to another Computer

Essentially one could obtain a Windows 10 license only through two channels, comprising a Retail and an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). If one has purchased a retail license of Windows 10, then one can transfer the product key to another device.  However, if you have a device that came pre-installed with a copy of Windows, then that’s an OEM license and cannot be transferred.

Usually, there’s no limit on the number of times one can transfer a license to the other computer until it is activated properly. However, in case you find some error, we’d recommend you contact Microsoft support for help.

Note: You can only use a product key of the version specified to activate; that is, you cannot use a Windows 10 Home product key to activate a version of Windows 10 Pro or vice versa.

Transferring a Windows 10 license from a computer to another involves two steps; deactivating the older PC’s license and activating it on the newer one. Here’s how:

Deactivate License on Older Computer

Uninstall Windows Product Key

If you have a retail copy of Windows, here’s how to remove the product key from your computer:

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt window by searching for Command Prompt or CMD in the Start Search Box. Next, right-click the main listed result and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Type or copy and paste the below-mentioned command and press Enter to execute the query.
slmgr /upk
  • Next, to remove the key from the Windows Registry, type in the below-mentioned command:
slmgr /cpky

Once done, you’ll find a pop-up window stating the Product Key has been uninstalled, and one for it has been cleared from the registry.

Install Windows 10 License Key on New Computer

Install Windows 10 Product Key

Now, to activate your Windows 10 computer with the old product key, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt window by searching for Command Prompt or CMD in the Start Search Box. Next, right-click the main listed result and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Type or copy and paste the below-mentioned command and press Enter to execute the query. (Replace the key with your product key)
slmgr /ipk <Windows Key>
  • Now, to verify the activation of the product key on your computer, execute the below-mentioned query.
slmgr /dlv
  • In the new window that pops up, under License Status, you should find the text Licensed, meaning; it has been successfully activated.

Next up, instead of using Command Prompt for activation, one could also use Microsoft Support to activate. Here’s how to do so:

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt window by searching for Command Prompt or CMD in the Start Search Box. Next, right-click the main listed result and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Next, type in the below command and press Enter to run.
slui 4
  • Now, in the wizard, select your region and press Next.
  • Call the toll-free number provided by Microsoft.
  • Check and Confirm the Installation ID and click on the Enter Confirmation ID button.
  • On this page, enter the Confirmation ID provided to you by Microsoft Support overcall.
  • Finally, now click on the Activate Windows button to complete the installation.

With that said, how often do you shift product keys from a PC to another? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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