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How to transfer Windows 10 license to another computer

If you have a Windows 10 computer with a valid license key but want to install the same license on another Windows 10 machine, you can do so with the help of this tutorial. It is possible to transfer Windows 10 license to another computer. However, few things you should keep in mind and they are:

  1. If you have purchased the license key or product key of Windows 10, you can transfer it to another computer. Your Windows 10 should be a retail copy. The retail locense is tied to the person.
  2. If you have purchased a laptop or desktop computer and the Windows 10 operating system came as pre-installed OEM OS, you cannot transfer that license to another Windows 10 computer. The OEM locense is tied to the hardware.

Knowing this, if you want to transfer Windows 10 license to another Windows 10 machine, follow these steps.

Read: How to find Windows Product Key.

Transfer Windows 10 license to another computer

The basic thing is you need to do is Uninstall the current license from the existing computer, and only then install it on another. Here is how you go about it with the help of Command Prompt.

From the WinX Menu, open a Command Prompt with administrator privilege and execute this command to uninstall the Windows Product Key

slmgr.vbs /upk

Transfer Windows 10 license to another computer

You can see a Windows Script Host window with a message called Uninstalled product key successfully.

Now, install Windows 10 on another computer and make sure you have chosen I don’t have a product key when it asked you to enter a valid product key.

In simple words, install Windows 10 without entering any product key.

After installation, open Command Prompt with admin permission and enter this command to install the Product Key

slmgr.vbs /ipk <Your new Windows product key>

Don’t forget to replace <Your new Windows product key> with your original product key. It should install the license key without any problem.

You can also activate your new Windows 10 machine after calling or launching the Customer Support. In that case, you need to provide the Installation ID after choosing a region.

Related reads:

  1. How does Windows 10 licensing status change with changes in hardware configuration
  2. Activate Windows 10 free license after changing computer hardware.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

One Comment

  1. Nerdebeu

    It seems to me that we can also disable the old computer (delete device) in device management BEFORE installing the license on the new device.

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