Transfer Windows 8 License to New Computer

How to Transfer Windows 8/8.1 License to New Computer

August. 01, 2017 11:13 am / Posted by Michael Eric to MS Windows Tips
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“The computer I originally did the upgrade on I am no longer using and is there a way to deactivate the license on that one so it could be used on the new computer I bought? Also I just want the extras of the Pro version so does it matter it is the license for Windows 8 even though the new computer uses 8.1? Thanks for any input.”

-from Windows Eight Forum

As a matter of fact, moving Windows 8 serial number is not a simple issue, but we can still achieve it. To transfer Windows 8 license from one computer to another and work well just as on the old machine, you can do the following methods.

Note: Be aware that if the Windows 8 license is Retail license, you can move it; if it is OEM license, there is no way to transfer.

Method 1. Move Windows 8/8.1 Product Key with Command Prompt

The first method is to move and activate Windows 8 product key with the command line. See the steps and screenshot as below.

Step 1. Find Product Key of Old Computer.

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Step 2. Uninstall Windows 8 License Key from Old PC.

Press “Windows + X” in the keyboard shortcut and then click “Command Prompt(Admin)”. In the pop-up window, type the command line: slmgr.vbs /upk. Then you will gain the prompt “Uninstalled product key successfully”.

move license upk

Step 3. Add the Serial Key to New PC and Reactivate it.

Now active Windows 8 system in the new computer with Command Prompt. The command line is replaced with slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX.

Windows license move to new computer

Note: You can also reactivate license key with this:

Tap on “This PC” on your computer desktop, then choose “Properties” by right clicking its icon. At the bottom of the window, you will see the “Activate Windows” link, just click it.

windows is not activated

In the “Activate Windows” options, just click “Enter key” option.

activate windows and enter key

At last, enter the product key to activate Windows 8 and follow the wizard to active.

enter product key

Method 2. Transfer Windows 8/8.1 License with Phone Activation

Another way to move Windows 8 license key to new computer is to reactivate by telephone activation. The easy user guide is:

1. To get started, please press “Windows + Pause/Break” option in your new computer and then tap on the “Activate Windows” link with color blue.

windows is not activated

2. Now tap on “Call Support” and continue to the next.

activate windows call support

Note: In Step 1 and Step 2, you could also press “Windows + R” in the keyboard of your new PC and then the “Run” screen will appear. In the “Run” window, type: slui.exe 4 and then type the Enter key.

3. Pick your target country from the drop-down list and select “Phone Activation” option.

 select our country

4. Remain the phone, do not select or press any other options. Then wait for a person to help with activation and then explain your transferring serial key issue clearly to the support person.

5. Just type and provide your installation ID as the support man says.

call and provide your installation ID

6. Now just type the installation ID again to confirm your process and finally click “Activate Windows” button to finish the transferring.

enter confirmation ID

7. Now your Windows 8 is activated.

windows is activated

Note: No matter to move Windows 8 license to new Windows 8 computer, or to transfer Windows 8 license to Windows 8.1 computer, the theory is the same.

If any step on the above information doesn’t work as described and you’re able to transfer Windows 8 serial key to new computer, leave us a feedback in the comment box. Always feel free to contact us for any help with this license problem. If it works to you, click the social button to share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc. Thank you and have a great day.

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