OEM or Retail: both types of Windows 10 license
Microsoft Offers Windows 10 licenses through different channels to which different standards apply. As a user, we can buy keys Detailor receive them OEM if the device includes them. Retail licenses, even if we have used one of the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems, may be used on the desired computers when they are disabled on the computer where they were first.
Unfortunately, if you use an OEM key, such as that which may include a laptop When you buy it, you can not pass this license from one computer to another because it is related to the motherboard. Or at least what the theory says, because apparently Microsoft has no way of knowing (or does not want) whether a key is OEM or Retail. Therefore, you can try to run this process in both cases.
Before going through the deactivation process, one thing to do is: associate a Microsoft account with your computer. For example, if you have a Hotmail email, you can sign in to Windows 10 with it and, from Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the Windows key is associated with that account. If you log in with this account on the new PC with the new motherboard, it is very likely that you enable the installation and that the new card is associated with your license.
To find out if you have an OEM or Retail license, you need to go to the command prompt and type slmgr -dli so you can see the next window where you will see the last 5 digits of your license and if your installation is OEM or RETAIL:
To know your license, you can also get it by using the program. Produkey. It's important to keep in mind that if you have a Windows 10 Home license, you must install Windows 10 Home on the computer you want to activate, since a Home license will not work on a Pro.
First: disable Windows 10 on the old PC
If even with this does not work, it is when we can choose the following method to disable one system and activate another. We already say that your license does not matter, we recommend you try it if you have nothing to lose. This process should only be performed if the old computer continues to be used. If we disable it, we will prevent Microsoft from detecting the same key used on multiple devices.
First of all, we need to disable Windows 10 from our PC. To do this, go to Command Prompt (CMD) and run it as an administrator. There, we enter the order slmgr / upk so that the installation is disabled and warns us with a window stating that "The product has been uninstalled successfully". If the window does not appear, run the command several times until it appears. In addition, we must execute the command slmgr / cpky remove the license from the registry.
Second: activate Windows 10 in the new installation
Once we have disabled the original computer, we activate Windows 10 on the new PC. This can be done in two ways. The easiest way is to access Configuration – Update and Security – Activation. There, we give Change the product key and we can enter it manually.
If for any reason this method fails, we have two additional options: the first is to access the system symbol, open it as an administrator and write the following command:
slmgr / ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
Where the X's are the 25 digits of our activation key. If we press Enter, it should appear that the password has been correctly installed. To check if the system is activated, we write slmgr / dlv and at the bottom we will find "License status: with license". From there, we activated our new PC.
If, for any reason, we could not activate Windows 10 in this way, another option we have is to do it through the Microsoft Technical Service phone number. To do this, go back to the command prompt, run it as an administrator and write the slui 4 to open the activation window. This window may not be open, because in order to open it, it is necessary to associate the Windows 10 digital license with our Microsoft account. Slui 4 is linked to the Microsoft account activation assistance, so you need to connect to the new PC.
Once the window is displayed, we present our region and call the toll free number Microsoft. There we will have to give our installation ID, and give it to Enter Confirmation ID, which will tell us the technical service of the company. Once we introduce it, we give Activate Windows in the lower part. From there, we will have activated the operating system and we will most likely see in the Configuration section something like "Windows 10 is activated with a digital license associated with your Microsoft account".
If you do not want or can not initiate the call, or if the slui 4 does not work in any way for you, you can also perform this procedure via the Microsoft Technical Service, which takes the call. application in charge. Get help included in Windows 10.