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Transfer Windows 8.1 SL to another laptop

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    Transfer Windows 8.1 SL to another laptop


    Hello guys!
    Such type of question arose before me: how to transfer my Windows 8.1 into new laptop? I bought laptop with preinstalled Windows 8.1 Single language.
    But I heard that activation now is attached to PC hardware (fixed in UEFI). Is this possible to save my license while trasferring Windows to new laptop?

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    No - you can't a transfer OEM license to new laptop. If you get a new laptop with 7 or 8 installed you'll be able to upgrade it to 10 for free though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    No - you can't a transfer OEM license to new laptop.
    What's a shame!
    However, maybe I can change my license type (from OEM to smth) to do this?
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    You can't do that. You are stuck with the OEM version and it is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

    If you "convert" it to a full version that involves buying a new full version.
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    Won't your new laptop also come with a license? Its not like people really build their own laptops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Won't your new laptop also come with a license? Its not like people really build their own laptops.

    There are Linux laptops too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suncatcher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Won't your new laptop also come with a license? Its not like people really build their own laptops.

    There are Linux laptops too.
    Yes, but they are somewhat rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Won't your new laptop also come with a license? Its not like people really build their own laptops.
    OP stated:
    I bought laptop with preinstalled Windows 8.1 Single language.
    So, it looks like what the OP really wanted to do was migrate their old install to the new laptop.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Suncatcher View Post
    Hello guys!
    Such type of question arose before me: how to transfer my Windows 8.1 into new laptop? I bought laptop with preinstalled Windows 8.1 Single language.
    But I heard that activation now is attached to PC hardware (fixed in UEFI). Is this possible to save my license while trasferring Windows to new laptop?
    Transfer oem licence no. But if you want you can transfer your settings and files using Windows Easy Tranfer(of course syncing both to account and OneDrive will do it too)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Thank you for your answers, guys! Now all is clear.
    Last edited by Suncatcher; 11 Apr 2015 at 09:21.
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