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Windows Moving current Windows 10 x64 Pro to new rig

Discussion in 'Software' started by antipcw, 4 Dec 2019.

  1. antipcw

    antipcw Member

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    Two-three years ago, when MS was offering universal Free Upgrades for OS, took the opportunity to move from my existing Windows 7 64-bit Pro to such a free Upgrade to Windows 10 64-bit Pro, so there was nothing to pay or buy.

    Question for OS wizards here is, I am about to build an Intel 9th Generation-based rig, so can anyone kindly advise how I can re-install that existing Windows 10 64-Bit Pro OS to the new rig without the Licence Key, or if that Key was supplied at the time of that universal Free Upgrade, which I do not recall, where such a Key located? I do not want to pay for an OS I already have just because of a new rig.

    Thanks for any potential answers.
     
  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    I've always linked my MS account to my Win10 install, and despite having changed from Intel to AMD, the reinstall was automatically acitvated when I re-linked my account.

    Same happened recently when, although most of the hardware didn't change, I had to reinstall onto an nvme.

    I'm not even sure, now, whether Win10 licenses are assigned to hardware or to the person.

    My Win10 pro license also came from a Win7 upgrade back in the day. I went Ultimate-Pro, so I don't know if that has any bearing, but I doubt it.
     
  3. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    Reinstall and type in your Windows 7 key.
     
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    sandys Well-Known Member

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    This, sometimes I have been luck in that I just drop the old drive in new machine and it activates other times I have had to input my old os key.

    Appears to be no reason why it decides to take one route over another, occasionally I have had to call ms to activate who once satisfied I am not having a laugh issue a new w10 retail key so I don't have to do this again.
     
  5. antipcw

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    I did exactly the same
    Re-install Windows 7 x64 Pro, or the Windows 10 x64 Pro?

    I loathe calling MS. Kept on hold, costs a fortune. Will bear in mind your old drive into new machine trick.

    Thanks, guys for being so helpful so swiftly.
     
  6. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    Install 10 Pro; use 7 Pro key when asked... even if it means saying no key during installation & adding your key through the desktop activation.
    AFAIK, it's an 0800 no. in the UK.
     
  7. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    This ^

    And even if you do get any issues, the automated telephone activation is free to dial and will send a link to your mobile, with a one time portal where you can complete the activation.
     
  8. antipcw

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    Thanks Jeff, and Zoon for that. Noted.
     

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