Windows 10: How to recover Windows 10 Product Key/Activation from old PC

Discus and support How to recover Windows 10 Product Key/Activation from old PC in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I recently (a few months ago) decided I wanted to change some of the specs in my PC. Along with selling my old GPU, power supply, and case; I sold my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by AndrewBartlett326, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. How to recover Windows 10 Product Key/Activation from old PC


    I recently (a few months ago) decided I wanted to change some of the specs in my PC. Along with selling my old GPU, power supply, and case; I sold my 500GB SATA SSD in favor of a 1TB M.2 model. Before I made these changes and sold the parts, I was smart enough to wipe the ssd clean.


    I was wondering if there is any way I can use my Microsoft account to restore my activation of windows and maybe access the product key? Any help on this confusing topic would be much appreciated.

    :)
     
    AndrewBartlett326, Sep 17, 2019
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  2. FinZak Win User

    Product key association disable on old pc


    Hey,


    I sold my old pc to a friend. He installed some missing parts (HDD, GPU and RAM). Then we installed Windows 10 Home 64-bit version from USB stick. I was surprised to see that windows was automatically activated after that. I did some digging and found out that it is using my product key, which i use now in my own new pc. My friend does not have his own product key, the idea was that he just uses the unactivated windows with limited features.


    I uninstalled my Windows 10 product key via command prompt in friends computer (as i understand this is only local solution, if he reinstall windows or clicks the active button, it reactivates automatically with my product key) and now it says windows is not activated, but my product key is still shown with Produkey app in his pc. So far windows is still activated my own pc.


    My questions:

    1. Is this all i need to do?
    2. How do i get rid of product key showing still with product key showing apps on my friend's computer?
    3. Is there a way to get rid of association of my product key on that old pc that i sold to friend?

    EDIT: I originally installed windows 10 via upgrade option from Windows 7, if that matters.
     
    FinZak, Sep 17, 2019
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  3. NavyLCDR Win User
    Product key association disable on old pc


    It's not "your" product key. It is the generic Windows 10 product key that everyone gets when they upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1.
    Clean Windows 10 Install for Free: This is the Only Way | PCsteps.com

    Scroll down to Can I Find the Windows 10 Product Key

    And, BTW, using Windows 10 unactivated with the limited features violates the End Users License Agreement:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Uset...10_English.htm

    Your friend that has the computer now should just enter the generic Windows 10 Home product key and let it activate from the digital license stored on Microsoft Activation Servers.

    This is the Windows 10 Pro Product key from an upgrade (on my computer):

    How to recover Windows 10 Product Key/Activation from old PC [​IMG]


    this is the Windows 10 Home Product key from an upgrade (also on my computer):

    How to recover Windows 10 Product Key/Activation from old PC [​IMG]
     
    NavyLCDR, Sep 17, 2019
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  4. GB1985 Win User

    How to recover Windows 10 Product Key/Activation from old PC

    windows activation key for a new PC

    Hi,

    i have an old laptop in which i bought and activated a windows 10 product key.

    i upgraded the laptop to a new PC.

    when i tried to activate windows 10 on the new PC with the same product number i got an error.

    so my question is: how do i use the old key on my new PC? can i recover it from somewhere?

    thanks
     
    GB1985, Sep 17, 2019
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