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Help! Transferring Pre-Installed Windows 8 To a New PC

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    Help! Transferring Pre-Installed Windows 8 To a New PC


    I have a pre built HP desktop with Windows 8 Pre-Installed. I am about to build an all new gaming PC with all new parts, including motherboard and hard drive. That said, I was wondering if there is ANY way to transfer the pre installed Windows 8 license to the new rig, so I can avoid buying a new Windows 8 disc (they aren't cheap).

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    The simple answer is NO. The Windows 8 version in the HP is an OEM version and the product key is married into the Mother Board. You'd have no choice but to buy a new copy.
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    Yep... Asked on Tom's hardware, said the same thing. Just needed confirmation... Welp. Guess my build is gonna have to wait.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    About $60 as I recall.
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