How to know if your Windows 10 license can be
transferred for use on another computer
It often becomes necessary to upgrade or replace computer
hardware. One of the things to consider is if you can transfer your Windows 10
operating system over to your new computer.
There are three different Windows 10 license types: OEM,
Retail, and Volume. To know if you can reuse your Windows 10 OS license, it’s
important to know which license type you have installed.
An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license refers to the license that is installed on new
computers by the manufacturer. This license can only be re-activated as a new
installation on the same computer. The product key isn’t transferable, so an
OEM license can’t be used to activate an installation on another machine.
A Retail license
refers to the license that comes from purchasing a copy of Windows 10 from a
local store or online retailer. If you have a Retail license for Windows 10,
you can transfer the product key to another computer, as long as you first
deactivate the old device that you’re transferring the OS from.
A Volume license
is typically purchased by large businesses, education entities, and government
offices. The Volume license allows organizations to use one master product key
to activate a number of Windows 10 installations. The license can be used
multiple times on different computers, but cannot be transferred with the
device when the system changes ownership. This type of license also can’t be
used to activate devices that aren’t part of the organization.
To easily find out which type of Windows 10 license you
have, simply follow these steps:
Open Start and type in CMD.
on Command Prompt,
and select the Run
as administrator option.
the following and press Enter: slmgr /dli
the license type from the information available in the Windows Script Host
Once you complete these steps, you’ll know the type of product key that you’re using on Windows 10, as well as if you can transfer the license to another computer.
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