Windows 10: Moving OEM license key for SSD replacement

Discus and support Moving OEM license key for SSD replacement in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi all, I have an old Dell XPS laptop with what appears to be an OEM Windows 10 key that came bound to the laptop. The laptop itself has a smaller... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by phoenixec, May 7, 2020.

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    Moving OEM license key for SSD replacement


    Hi all,


    I have an old Dell XPS laptop with what appears to be an OEM Windows 10 key that came bound to the laptop. The laptop itself has a smaller SSD, and I've recently acquired a larger SSD that I'd like to replace the old one with. If possible, I'd like to use a system image to do this - my question is as to how to go about it. Would creating a system image automatically transfer the license key? Is the key transferable? Barring this, would I be able to deactivate the current drive and reactivate on the new drive with a fresh install, even though it's an OEM key?


    Thanks!

    :)
     
    phoenixec, May 7, 2020
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  2. Windows 10 OEM Licensing

    Hi

    I have a few questions about windows 10 OEM licensing:

    1. Is OEM licensing acceptable for business use?
    2. What restrictions does OEM licensing have other than the transfer rights?
    3. Can the OS be reloaded without breaching the license agreement, and if so, can I also replace the HDD with an SSD?
    4. What other hardware upgrades can be done under OEM licensing?
    5. What would be a breach of OEM licensing?
    6. What benefits would a business get if they move to Microsoft 365 vs OEM?
    Thanks in advace
     
    Adriaan Rautenbach, May 7, 2020
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  3. Windows OEM Licensed - SSD Upgrade

    Hi guys,

    wanna ask, I just bought new laptop with Installed OEM Windows 10 SL inside,

    Then I wanna replace my HDD into SSD *upgrade.

    So can the OEM licensed used again in the new SSD ? or What should I do to transfer the OEM licensed from the HDD into new SSD, is it possible ? Thanks
     
    Albi Putra, May 7, 2020
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  4. Moving OEM license key for SSD replacement

    Move license OEM

    Information about failed Motherboards with an OEM License:

    You can not replace the Motherboard with an OEM preinstalled License with whatever Motherboard you wish to when you have a preinstalled OEM License (HP, Acer, etc)

    .

    You have to follow the directives or you void your OEM License.

    This was the original link. Microsoft is altering/deleting links, but the information that was originally there remains the same (I copied it before the link disappeared)

    Device Partner Center

    Q. If my customer asks me to upgrade a PC with new hardware components, when is a new operating system needed? When would the PC be considered "new"?

    A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the licence for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the
    motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the licence of new operating system software is required.

    If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC
    as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's warranty.

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    Information about transferring licenses:

    If the Laptop/Computer came with the Windows Operating System preinstalled (Dell, HP, Acer, etc) , that Product Key that came with the Laptop/Computer is for the preinstalled OEM License and is non-transferable.

    The OEM License/Product Key (preinstalled Operating Systems on Dell, HP, etc machines) is tied to the first machine it is installed on and dies when that machine dies.

    The above rule also applies to OEM System Builders Licenses.

    Retail Operating System License, that you buy and install yourself, are allowed to be transferred to another machine.

    But Retail Licenses can also only be installed on one machine at any particular time.
     
    Bill Smithers, May 7, 2020
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