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Painless transfer to a new PC

  1. #1

    Painless transfer to a new PC

    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.


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    You can transfer a Retail Key - it's OEM keys that are not transferable
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Yup, I was aware but still thought Microsoft would make me jump through hoops
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Painless transfer to a new PC
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