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Windows 10, buy it again?

naghman13 17 10 December 5, 2015 at 08:48 PM
My current pc used to be Windows 7 and I upgraded it to Win10,

I'm building a new computer, and was curious if I need a new product key.
I will be doing a clean install on a SSD, but using the product key from my old Computer.

is this legal?

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If your old pc has a retail license for Windows then yes. If it's OEM/prebuilt and it came with Windows then no.
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Windows 10 is free, Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) so why would you try to buy itConfused
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Windows 10 is free, Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) so why would you try to buy itConfused
Windows 10 is not free. Its a free upgrade from windows 7/8. OP is not asking about an upgrade.
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Last edited by fenderman December 6, 2015 at 07:16 AM
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Windows 10 is free, so why would you try to buy it
Absolutely right , Upgrade to Window 10 is free
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Windows 10 is not free. Its a free upgrade from windows 7/8. OP is not asking about an upgrade.
Mad Install windows 7, 8, 8.1 Then do another upgrade. Sheesh!
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Mad Install windows 7, 8, 8.1 Then do another upgrade. Sheesh!
Dude! did you read the OP at all?shake head Sheesh!
Let me help you. OP had 7 on another machine that he upgraded to 10. Wants to use that license for 10 on a NEW build. Wants to know it its LEGIT. nate11000 provided the correct answer above (although MS may have put some limitations on transfers if you upgrade a retail key to 10, not sure).
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Last edited by fenderman December 6, 2015 at 07:39 AM
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If anyone that reads this does NOT know how to get Win7 or Win8 directly from Microsoft for free.

My lips are sealed.EEK!laugh out loud
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If anyone that reads this does NOT know how to get Win7 or Win8 directly from Microsoft for free.

My lips are sealed.EEK!laugh out loud
LEGALLY and ETHICALLY, not by lying.
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If anyone that reads this does NOT know how to get Win7 or Win8 directly from Microsoft for free.

My lips are sealed.EEK!laugh out loud
Hehe.
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LEGALLY and ETHICALLY, not by lying.
Here's the moralist fendermen again.

This way is legal because you buy the hardware and similarly this way is ethical because you buy the hardware. No lying required, can anyone really lie to a computer? Anyway Microsoft is completely aware of this and they have chosen for whatever reason not to block it.

Have a great day!nod
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Last edited by dale_101798 December 7, 2015 at 06:55 AM
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BOTTOM LINE:

Technically yes, logistically no.
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I recently replaced the hard drive on a Windows 10 machine and instead of copying everything over I did a fresh install with a USB stick. When it came time to activate I clicked "I do not have an activation code" and Windows proceeded to automatically activate after I connected to the internet. What exactly was Windows able to see from my computer to validate it was the same machine? As long as OP keeps that part, he is good to go.
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http://www.howtogeek.com/226510/h...-hardware/

You Can't Move a Free Windows 10 License to Another PC

Bear in mind that this will only work on the same PC. This does create some an inconvenient situation for people who bought a full retail license -- not an OEM license -- of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Most people don't do this, though -- even people building their own PCs usually seem to buy OEM copies of Windows.

Those retail licenses are portable between different PCs, so you can take them with you from PC to PC. You might have purchased a Windows 7 license and built your own PC. Build a new PC a few years later and you can take that Windows 7 license with you as long as you remove it from the first machine. Rinse and repeat over and over -- as long as you'd like to continue using Windows 7.

However, that free Windows 10 license you get as part of the upgrade process is tied to an individual PC. Even if you upgraded from a retail copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you won't be given a retail copy of Windows 10. You just can't move that free Windows 10 license to another PC. After the first year is up and the free Windows 10 upgrade offer is over, you'll have to buy a new copy of Windows 10 if you want to move it to an entirely different PC.

This may feel a bit inconvenient. But, on the other hand, that Windows 10 license was just a free bonus in the first place. Retail licenses of Windows 10 you purchase can be moved between PCs in the same way.
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Here's the moralist fendermen again.

This way is legal because you buy the hardware and similarly this way is ethical because you buy the hardware. No lying required, can anyone really lie to a computer? Anyway Microsoft is completely aware of this and they have chosen for whatever reason not to block it.

Have a great day!nod
Wait, you have to BUY hardware to get a FREE copy of windows...now you lost me.shake head
Simply because Microsoft does not block it does not make it ethical. If I dont lock my door, it is still unethical for you to come in my home and take my stuff.
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