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    License Transfer to New Computer


    Apologies if this has been addressed. I had Win 8 Pro (not an OEM version) running and upgraded to 8.1 Pro via the Windows Store. Can this license with Win 8.1 be transferred to a new computer that I plan on building? Thanks.

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    Upgrade or Full Retail version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Upgrade or Full Retail version?
    Not sure - the box says "Windows 8 Pro". I did do a clean install of Win 8.
    Last edited by slopechz; 08 Nov 2013 at 19:26.
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    Covington, La
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    If you bought the boxed version of Windows 8 Pro, there were only two versions available. One is Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and is used to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro. The second version is the OEM version. In Windows 8 the OEM version can be installed on another PC that you own but if you sell or transfer the PC with the OS then it is locked to that PC for the new owner. This is called the "personal use license" for the OEM version and is only available for Windows 8. The PUL does not apply to an OEM version that came pre-installed on a PC from a vendor. Windows 8.1 is now offered in a OEM and Retail version and does not have the PUL.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    If you bought the boxed version of Windows 8 Pro, there were only two versions available. One is Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and is used to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro. The second version is the OEM version. In Windows 8 the OEM version can be installed on another PC that you own but if you sell or transfer the PC with the OS then it is locked to that PC for the new owner. This is called the "personal use license" for the OEM version and is only available for Windows 8. The PUL does not apply to an OEM version that came pre-installed on a PC from a vendor. Windows 8.1 is now offered in a OEM and Retail version and does not have the PUL.

    Jim
    Makes sense. Two more questions which are not clear to me. How do I determine if I have the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro or the OEM version (I did a clean install of Win 8 Pro, not an upgrade from Windows 8, so it would have to be an OEM version)?

    And if I have the OEM version and I install it on a new PC I build, will the upgrade to Windows 8.1 be available to me in the Windows Store?

    Thanks for the information, things certainly are much more convoluted since the XP days!
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    Covington, La
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    Quote Originally Posted by slopechz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    If you bought the boxed version of Windows 8 Pro, there were only two versions available. One is Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and is used to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro. The second version is the OEM version. In Windows 8 the OEM version can be installed on another PC that you own but if you sell or transfer the PC with the OS then it is locked to that PC for the new owner. This is called the "personal use license" for the OEM version and is only available for Windows 8. The PUL does not apply to an OEM version that came pre-installed on a PC from a vendor. Windows 8.1 is now offered in a OEM and Retail version and does not have the PUL.

    Jim
    Makes sense. Two more questions which are not clear to me. How do I determine if I have the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro or the OEM version (I did a clean install of Win 8 Pro, not an upgrade from Windows 8, so it would have to be an OEM version)?

    And if I have the OEM version and I install it on a new PC I build, will the upgrade to Windows 8.1 be available to me in the Windows Store?

    Thanks for the information, things certainly are much more convoluted since the XP days!
    I assume you have the OEM version which is the only full version available to the consumer. And yes you get a free upgrade to 8.1. You can install on another PC you own but must remove it from the previous PC.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I assume you have the OEM version which is the only full version available to the consumer. And yes you get a free upgrade to 8.1. You can install on another PC you own but must remove it from the previous PC.

    Jim
    Yes, removing the software is a must, the one thing I understood from the beginning. Thanks.
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    sory guys for asking my question here

    if i buy win 8.1 pro (download version) from MS website then it should be full retail , am i right?
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    if i buy win 8.1 pro (download version) from MS website then it should be full retail
    Looking at this Microsoft Operating Systems, Windows OS - Newegg.com one clearly sees OEM \ Full Version \ Upgrade. Seemingly no such clear info on the MS website...
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    Hi guys, i'm a newbie here but I hope I can help solve this issue. When you install the new o/s onto the new build you MUST format the old hard drive to wipe the data off the old system. Once you have installed the o/s onto the new hard drive let it go to the activation wizard and then ring the toll free number and put in the installation ID number into the 9 boxes. it will then say if ur successful or not, if you are successful it will then give you 8 boxes to input 6 numbers, after inputting these numbers it will then say click NEXT, this will then activate windows. (I know this as I have done this with my new laptop as I wanted an SSD installed).

    Hope this helps
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