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    Transfer win 8


    Hi all can someone please tell me if i can transfer win 8.1 to another laptop, At the moment i have it on Acer and i have just purchased a Toshiba qosimo and i want to transfer it to that, I know i cannot use it on two laptops but from what i have read on this forum i can remove it from one and put it on the other but cannot find out how i go about it (how do MS know i have removed it from the old laptop). I i could get this info it would be good i am in UK so i don't want to ring MS in US.
    Thanks in advance Dell

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    i have just purchased a Toshiba qosimo
    What OS is Pre-installed?
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    Sorry the Toshiba has win7
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    You will need reinstall the ACER with the old OS, than upgrade the Toshiba.


    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by microsoft
    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new
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    That may be a problem as my wife threw win 7 out can i remove it and put some other OS on it.
    And do i use the old key on new laptop
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    1) Yes, but you must remove Windows 8.

    2) What old key & for what OS?
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    Ok just to get this right in my mind i remove win 8.1 from my Acer and i will put linux on it, Then install win 8 on to the Toshiba then activate it using the key i have for win 8 although the key is for win 8 and not win 8.1.
    Thanks Theog for all your help Dell
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    When an OS installs, it reads the motherboard, and that mobo, CPU and associated hardware become a part of the OS and it's licensing information. It becomes "Locked" to that PC, as it were.

    Now if you make a backup copy of the PC's hard drive and try to restore it to a computer with a totally different mobo and CPU, it will PUKE! That's old school.

    Now, in conflict with that age old demon, I recently took a hard drive out of one computer and put it in another computer of different manufacturer and age, but with the same AMD CPU. The transplanted HD booted up just fine and the OS went about the process of installing drivers for the new hardware that it just found. Blow me down! It defied all logic. But had the new PC not had the same CPU as the old PC, it would have, I'm sure, been a totally different ball game.

    Good Luck..... and OH, Happy New Year!

    TM
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    Thanks for all the reply's but now a new problem i have got win 8.1 installed but could not activate it it said already used on another PC so i eventually went onto the MS free phone no and after inputting a lot of no's to phone and inputting a lot of no's into PC it was activated (checked on system page) then to days later had to do it again and again tonight.
    Please Please help.
    Thanks in advance again Dell
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    then to days later had to do it again and again tonight.
    You should not have to repeatedly activate -- unless, the other PC continues to be used. If it is still being used, it will repeatedly reset the activation status and eventually, you will not be able to reactivate this PC.
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