1. skydiverian's Avatar
    Need some advice on transferring a retail Win7 licence to Win 10 AND moving it to a new PC.

    I have a spare copy of Win 7 Pro that was to be used on a late 2007 laptop, which died before Win 7 was launched. It's since been used on a spare PC.

    It hasn't been updated to Win 10 but obviously I can do that using the usual method.

    However...

    I'm going to sell the PC it is installed on and am thinking of reusing the licence on a newbuild ITX PC. I know how to transfer the Win 7 licence from one PC to another. However, if I get the Win10 upgrade rights on the existing PC, what would be the best way to activate Win 10 on a new PC using the Win7 key?

    What I need to know is, once upgrading a Win7 licence to 10, does that automatically mean I can reuse that key directly on a clean Win 10 install and have a valid key for activation? If so, would it be best to install Win 10 directly to the newbuild and activate it using the key?
    07-18-2016 04:35 AM
  2. mjperry51's Avatar
    Windows 10 license ties to the hardware. If you upgrade the old PC the you cannot upgrade a new PC using the original Win7 license.

    Someone is going to have to buy a new OS -- either you or whoever buys your old PC. . .
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    07-18-2016 08:07 AM
  3. skydiverian's Avatar
    Windows 10 license ties to the hardware. If you upgrade the old PC the you cannot upgrade a new PC using the original Win7 license.

    Someone is going to have to buy a new OS -- either you or whoever buys your old PC. . .
    On that basis I'll have to get a fresh Win10 copy for the newbuild,, but that seems harsh that I can't take a legit retail copy of a Win10 licence and move it as purchased. Thanks for the input, any sources available?
    07-19-2016 10:12 PM

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