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Transfer Windows 8.1 SL to another laptop

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can switch from OEM to Retail, if you have a valid Retail product code. My laptop came with a Windows 8.0 factory OEM install. The Windows 8.1 core code is in the BIOS. That doesn't stop me from installing another version and using a retail key to activate it. It's now running Windows 8.1 Pro. When I got it all I did was type in a 8.0 Pro key in add features to go to 8.1 Pro Retail. Now I just use a PID.txt file on my install media to bypass the auto detection of the OEM key and clean install 8.1 Pro. If you have a Retail install on another PC, that you aren't going to use anymore, You could transfer the license to the laptop. After that you cannot use it on the other PC though. Retail keys can only be used on one PC at a time.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You can switch from OEM to Retail.
    How to do this and how much does it cost?
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Suncatcher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You can switch from OEM to Retail.
    How to do this and how much does it cost?
    Depends on what you want to do. There are Pro Packs that will let you upgrade to 8.1 Pro just by entering the supplied product code in add features. In your original post you talked about moving an install from one PC to another. You need to elaborate on that some more with more detail. As mentioned, you can't move a factory OEM install from one PC to another. If you are logged in with a Microsoft live ID a lot of stuff can be synced from one PC to the other.
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