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Painless transfer to a new PC

orlandotek

New Member
Member
I have to admit, I had images of speaking with a Microsoft rep from India on the phone, crying and pleading
and begging. But, that just wasn't the case.

I have (had) a 5 year old PC that I upgraded to Windows 8 (and eventually 8.1) about 18 months ago.

6 months ago the motherboard quit on me,

Today I picked up another new PC and it came with Windows 7 Pro (okay, it was a refurb) I was thinking about
buying a new Windows 8 license when I thought, hey, that license from the old PC was a retail license. I should
be able to transfer it.

So, I called Microsoft and went through the automated system and answered all the question and in less than
10 minutes they had Windows 8 activated on my new PC (I had already installed Windows 8 using that key and
it said it would NOT activate to call Microsoft).

So, now I am working on a clean install of 8.1 using the key.

Awesome!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Nokia Lumia 2520
    CPU
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
    Memory
    2GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    10.1"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB SSD
    Case
    Asus Case
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
    Mouse
    Bornd Bluetooth Mouse
    Browser
    IE 11

KYHI

Well-Known Member
Pro User
You can transfer a Retail Key - it's OEM keys that are not transferable
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

orlandotek

New Member
Member
Yup, I was aware but still thought Microsoft would make me jump through hoops :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Nokia Lumia 2520
    CPU
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
    Memory
    2GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    10.1"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB SSD
    Case
    Asus Case
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
    Mouse
    Bornd Bluetooth Mouse
    Browser
    IE 11
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