Windows 10: Replace Windows 10 OEM key with a retail key?

Discus and support Replace Windows 10 OEM key with a retail key? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hello. I'm currently running Windows 10 Home with an OEM license. I need to replace my motherboard, but I can't buy the same model because it's no... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Michael Pettitt, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Replace Windows 10 OEM key with a retail key?


    Hello.


    I'm currently running Windows 10 Home with an OEM license. I need to replace my motherboard, but I can't buy the same model because it's no longer being manufactured. Since I have my Windows installation set up the way I want it, I'd like to replace my OEM product key with a retail one so that I can install the new motherboard without having to completely reinstall Windows. I've read several conflicting articles on whether or not this is possible, so I thought it would be best to come to the source. If I were to buy a Windows 10 Home product key from Microsoft, would it count as a retail key? If so, could I then use it to replace my OEM product key?


    (As a side note, I've linked my current install to my Microsoft account. Don't know if this will cause any conflicts.)

    :)
     
    Michael Pettitt, Nov 30, 2019
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  2. OneMoar Win User

    my windows 10 oem didn't come with a product key

    indeed OEM's have embedded keys a OEM upgrade is for machines with OEM copies and DO NOT COME WITH A KEY! sadly many vendors confuse the two because pre-windows 10 'OEM" came with a key
    a end user should always buy a Retail OR "System builder OEM" copy when it comes to windows 10 system builder is not `OEM` you can blame microsoft for the retarded terminology screw up

    it sounds like the op bought a pirated copy with no key microsoft does not ship windows 10 on optical disks .... they use flash drives
     
    OneMoar, Nov 30, 2019
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  3. EviLZeD Win User
    activate windows 7 oem key

    Ive installed windows 7 using retail disk but with an oem key it worked fine you can always change the key from right clicking my computer-properties then selecting change product key
     
    EviLZeD, Nov 30, 2019
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  4. taz420nj Win User

    Replace Windows 10 OEM key with a retail key?

    my windows 10 oem didn't come with a product key

    LOL yes they do. Legit OEM copies DO come with a key - on a sticker that you affix to the case. OEM and SLP (System Locked Preactivation) are NOT the same thing. SLP is what large OEMs like Dell, HP, etc do, where every system came out of the factory activated with the same "Manufacturer's Master" key in XP, Vista, and 7. Reinstalling with the factory image preserves this activation. However if you dig that key out with Magical Jellybean and try to do a clean install with it, activation will fail. That's why every machine that came out of a factory ALSO had a COA with a unique key. That is what you need to use for a clean install. Starting with 8, large OEMs began embedding the unique key into the BIOS, which is why they no longer come with a unique key sticker. However, you can still buy legit OEM versions of every version (the ones that small shops would use for their custom machines) - including 10 - which come with the sticker with a unique key.

    The only differences between OEM and Retail versions is that the OEM version locks to the first motherboard it is activated on, while Retail can be moved to a different one. OEM also come with no support.
     
    taz420nj, Nov 30, 2019
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