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Discus and support Question on Windows 10 free upgrade license. in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I have an old machine that was originally running Windows 7 Pro(Retail) and I upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro through the free upgrade process. I believe... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by feeppers, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. feeppers Win User

    Question on Windows 10 free upgrade license.


    I have an old machine that was originally running Windows 7 Pro(Retail) and I upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro through the free upgrade process. I believe I tied it to an MS Account with my email, but cannot remember. I logged onto my account from another computer and see my system listed under devices, but it does not tell me if Windows 10 is linked. I might not be looking in the right spot if it is there or know what to look for. Anyways, the problem I am having is that the Motherboard of this old system has probably just died. I have not done any troubleshooting on it just yet, but want to get a head start on getting this system repaired/upgraded. I can always just install Window 7 Pro on the machine and do the upgrade process once again, but I really would prefer a clean install of Windows 10 if possible. I cannot get the machine started, but am sure all my data is on the drives on the machine. Is there a file I can pull off the System Drive to tell me if it is linked to an account? I can pull the drive out of the machine and use a dock at work to get to all the data on the drive.

    :)
     
    feeppers, Dec 28, 2018
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  2. krimetal Win User

    Windows 10 upgrade license

    The interesting question is that: the upgrade takes place before 29 of July. If I upgrade the PC (change the MB), and I transfer the Win 8.1 license to this new PC (cause 8.1 is retail FPP), will I be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Or a upgrade license must be bought?
     
    krimetal, Dec 28, 2018
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  3. krimetal Win User
    Windows 10 upgrade license

    Hello guys,

    I have 1 license of WIndows 8.1 FPP/retail license. I want to upgrade to WIndows 10, but I one thing is unclear to me.
    If I upgrade, will WIndows 10 license be retail or it will "turn" into some sort of OEM license?

    I ask this because I upgrade my PC, you know, more memory, replace HDD, and I intend to upgrade the MB and CPU to Kaby Lake platform sometime in the future, (and of course sell the replaced hardware)
    This thing is not clearly mentioned anywhere.

    Thank you.
     
    krimetal, Dec 28, 2018
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  4. trparky Win User

    Question on Windows 10 free upgrade license.

    Potential upgrade to AMD Ryzen

    There are two types of Windows licenses...
    • Retail
    • OEM
    Retail licenses of Windows can be legally transferred between hardware because it's a retail license. Upgrade licenses if it was an upgrade from a retail license maintains the same license freedoms that the original license held, Windows 10 upgrade licenses are the only exception to that rule. OEM licenses however cannot be transferred from hardware to hardware. Upgrades from OEM licenses of course have the same restrictions that the original OEM license had.

    However, right now Microsoft is still accepting old licenses of Windows as an upgrade to Windows 10. All you have to do is type in your old key and it will accept it. Why Microsoft is still allowing this I have no idea but my thoughts are is that Windows 10 adoption numbers are so damn low that they need all the help they can get. *Laugh :laugh:
     
    trparky, Dec 28, 2018
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