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Transferring WIndows 10 to a new PC question(s)

  ivesy 15:09 27 Jul 2019


I've taken the plunge and ordered a new PC, to stay within budget I had to omit a couple of things one of which was the O/S. I thought it would be straightforward but I can't see anything online that helps so I thought I'd try here as it's been a great help in the past for me.

Ok, I have a boxed version of Windows 7 home with the key on the booklet. I upgraded to Windows 8 (and I've literally just found the email with the key) via an email from Microsoft to take advantage of the upgrade offer. From then I upgraded again for free to Windows 10.

My question is will I be able to somehow transfer my Windows 10 licence onto the new PC?

If not, what are my options? I've looked online and can prices are all over the place for Windows 10 Home. To further complicate matters, if I do need a new version it would have to be on a flash drive as (another cost cut) I thought I wouldn't need a DVD drive! I've seen prices online ranging from £109 to £15 on eBay.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and I hope all that made sense :)

  ivesy 16:47 27 Jul 2019

quick update. Been on a chat with Microsoft seems I can't transfer as it can only be done once. I'm currently downloading Windows 10 so my next question where is the best place to get a genuine key? Microsoft are quoting around £100 but Groupon are doing them for around £35.

  Secret-Squirrel 17:22 27 Jul 2019

Been on a chat with Microsoft seems I can't transfer as it can only be done once.

That's correct advice. Even though you have the retail version of Windows 7, it's already been upgraded once, so you won't be able to get Windows 10 for free and there's no point faffing around trying things that won't work.

Groupon are doing them for around £35........................... £15 on eBay.

At those prices it's highly unlikely that you'll be getting a genuine version of Windows that will work forever.

If you want a guaranteed genuine copy then here's the official Microsoft link. You can choose to have it delivered on a USB stick.

  alanrwood 21:35 27 Jul 2019

A lot of the Windows licences on eBay are taken fro scrapped machines by companies/individuals who are quite legally allowed to resell them. There was a court case about this and it was deemed legal. I have personally updated 5 machines at small cost from eBay sellers with lots of sales and good feedback and had no problems however there is a small risk I would admit.

  BRYNIT 00:30 28 Jul 2019

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  Forum Editor 10:27 28 Jul 2019

The first theing to say is that the only third-party company allowed to sell retail Windows licences is Amazon.

Microsoft-licensed computer sellers or refurbishers can sell OEM licenses, but those must be on a machine - they can't be sold separately via a retail channel.

MSDN licenses are sold via the Microsoft Software Developer Network (MSDN) or TechNet for IT Professionals who pay a subscription fee. The big advantage with these licenses is that they never expire, but are intended to be used by a named individual and nobody else. This system can be and is abused however. You'll see these licences being sold, but buying one is a risky process. Someone who has a 10-activation MSDN licence may sell it to more than 10 people and in that situation person number 11 is going to find that it will not activate. Microsoft will detect the activation attempt, and will block the license from further use.

  ivesy 18:56 28 Jul 2019

Thank you very much for all of the replies.

  rickf 16:12 29 Jul 2019

Why not just clone it to the hard disk in new PC?

  ivesy 17:09 29 Jul 2019

Thanks for the response. How do I do that? I'm willing to give it a go! :)

  wee eddie 17:25 29 Jul 2019

If you can, it will save you money to ask the PC Makers to include an OS in your purchase. They pay very little for an OEM Version of Windows

  rickf 20:06 29 Jul 2019

Try wee eddie's suggestion. A few £s more but saves you a lot of hassles.

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