Activate Win10 on a new PC if the old one is inaccessible

asked 2020-09-10T11:51:39.043+00:00
Noire Carte 1 Reputation point

Good time of day or evening!
Could you please inform me on the process of how to activate Windows 10 on a new PC considering that the old one is no longer accessible? I received that Windows 10 when there was free giveaway (approximately in 2015). I installed it on my PC and used it for some little time. Now I have a new PC (a laptop, to be more precise) and want to install it onto it, I do not know how to do it though
Thank you in advance

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  1. answered 2020-09-10T12:20:56.34+00:00
    T. Kujala 8,411 Reputation points

    Hi @Noire Carte ,

    Have you got a product key?

    Here are the methods for activation.

  2. answered 2020-09-11T08:58:41.117+00:00
    Kapil Arya 5,531 Reputation points Microsoft MVP


    From the description you provided, it seems you want to transfer free upgrade license on old computer to new laptop (feel free to correct, if I misunderstood your query).

    For that, you need to confirm that old PC had retail license, when you upgraded it to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1. Here's how to transfer your license:

    In case if old PC had an OEM license, unfortunately you can't transfer the license to your laptop. You'll need to buy new license in that case.


    Note: Included link in this reply refers to blog post by a trusted Microsoft MVP.

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  3. answered 2020-09-21T07:48:26.527+00:00
    Molly Lu 581 Reputation points

    Hi @Noire Carte ,

    Just checking in to see if the information provided was helpful.
    If yes, you may mark useful reply as answer, if not, welcome to feedback.

    Best regards,