1. sprtfan's Avatar
    Hate to read to much into this, but I saw thing quote from Gabriel Aul "Once you upgrade W10 w/ the free upgrade offer you will able to clean reinstall Windows 10 on same device any time" I have the full retail versions of Windows 8 and Windows 7. If I upgrade to 10 come July 29th will I still be able to move the license to a completely new computer when I decide to build one? I understand this would not be able to be done with an OEM install but the "on same device" part made me curious if I'd still be able to when upgrading a full retail install.
    06-03-2015 09:35 PM
  2. Harrie-S's Avatar
    I general most people have a OEM version and for that it has to be the same device.
    But it would be very strange that for a full retail version it had to "stay" on the same device.
    So I think you read to much into it.
    06-03-2015 10:00 PM
  3. sprtfan's Avatar
    I was thinking I probably was and since most people probably have an OEM version it makes since that he would be addressing those. I just wanted to try and make sure since I'm planning on building a new computer later this summer or fall but would do it sooner if there could be an issue moving the license over or would wait until later to upgrade my retail license. I'm pretty excited about 10 though so doubt I'd be able to hold out to long though.
    06-03-2015 10:09 PM
  4. sprtfan's Avatar
    License key can only work on the same hardware environment.
    If you build a new computer, you'll have to purchase another license key.
    As of Windows 8, if you bought a full retail license, you could move it to a new computer as long as it was no longer installed on the original. Are you saying this is no longer the case with 10? or are you referring to an oem license.
    06-04-2015 12:25 AM
  5. sprtfan's Avatar
    Sorry to bump this question back up, but an article I read today made me question again if I'd be able to move my upgraded to 10, Windows 8.1 Retail install to a new computer build.
    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/windows...141500175.html

    However, people running an upgraded version of Windows 10 will likely need to buy a new copy of Windows 10 if they switch to a new machine or "significantly upgrade the device" - which Microsoft counts as replacing the motherboard.

    Ian Moulster, Windows product manager, said: "My understanding is it's licensed to the device and not to you, so it's specific to the device and you wouldn't be able to use it elsewhere," he said.
    07-02-2015 02:49 PM
  6. maddogmoffit's Avatar
    As for as I can gather from the text hey are covering OEM installs. What I would like to get an assurance on if I'm able to move a full license like the Windowns 7 Ultimate to a new motherboard (planning to upgrade motherboard, processor, memory and GPU) after upgrading to Windows 10.

    Sorry to bump this question back up, but an article I read today made me question again if I'd be able to move my upgraded to 10, Windows 8.1 Retail install to a new computer build.
    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/windows...141500175.html

    However, people running an upgraded version of Windows 10 will likely need to buy a new copy of Windows 10 if they switch to a new machine or "significantly upgrade the device" - which Microsoft counts as replacing the motherboard.

    Ian Moulster, Windows product manager, said: "My understanding is it's licensed to the device and not to you, so it's specific to the device and you wouldn't be able to use it elsewhere," he said.
    07-08-2015 07:15 AM
  7. maddogmoffit's Avatar
    After reading up a bit more on what little communication there is from Microsoft I gather that there will be an major change on how an license work. You should wait with upgrading to Windows 10 you plan to upgrade the hardware in a short time, at east as I understand it.
    I plan to upgrade from my old lynnfield platform (i7 860) to skylake i7-6700 and will involve a new motherboard, new memory and a new processor and probably a new GPU. As it is now I can do that by moving my old hard drive into the new system and reactivate the windows 7 ultimate installation I have on the hard-drive. After that I will upgrade to windows 10. If I get what has been written it will not be possible to first do the OS upgrade then the hardware upgrade. This will of course push my OS update to later this year possible at the end of the year.
    07-08-2015 08:24 AM
  8. mjperry51's Avatar
    It depends on the type of Windows 7 or Windows 8 license you have. I understand if you have a retail license, you can upgrade hardware after the Windows 10 upgrade. IF it is an OEM license (came with the PC from a PC vendor) then the Windows 10 upgrade is licensed to the computer (motherboard).

    I purchased a Windows 7 Upgrade disk set from MicroCenter when I upgraded this machine. Does anyone know how confirm if a Windows Disk is considered retail or OEM??
    07-08-2015 08:50 AM

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