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Will adding a new OEM Windows 8 license to the system replace and free the current OEM license?

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  • I have computer (computer A) with a Windows 8 Standard OEM license. I would like this computer to run Windows 8 Pro OEM, and move the Standard license to another computer (computer B).

    Correct me if I'm wrong (and please confirm if I'm right), but as far as I've understood it the OEM licenses have changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and on Windows 8 they are no longer tied to the hardware. Therefore, I assume the license doesn't need the manufacturer's special disc or recovery drive to install. (This is not really an issue, since I have the DVD anyway.) The Windows 8 license should thus be free to move around, as long as it's only installed on one computer at the time and is activated online.

    There should therefor be unproblematic to move the Windows 8 Standard license from computer A to computer B, so that I can install Windows 8 Pro on computer A. If this is true, could I just buy a Pro license, go to Control Panel on computer A and add this license with "Add features to Windows 8.1"? Will this Pro license then replace my Standard license, or will they co-exist somehow? Will the Standard license be free so that it can be moved to comptuer B after I have added a Pro license? I would rather avoid formatting computer A, but I will format computer B.
    • Edited by Henba Saturday, May 03, 2014 5:21 PM
    Saturday, May 03, 2014 3:37 PM

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  • I have computer (computer A) with a Windows 8 Standard OEM license. I would like this computer to run Windows 8 Pro OEM, and move the Standard license to another computer (computer B).

    Correct me if I'm wrong (and please confirm if I'm right), but as far as I've understood it the OEM licenses have changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and on Windows 8 they are no longer tied to the hardware.

    I'm not aware that OEM-supplied/attached licenses are now able to be moved. Can you provide a reference for that theory?

    OEM SB (System Builder) licenses, if you are building for yourself (i.e. not building to resell), *DO* allow transfer

    http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.aspx

    So, here's how I understand it:

    a) if you build your own computer, and purchase an OEM SB for that computer, for your own personal use, that license can be transferred to another computer.

    b) if you buy a computer which is already built and has Windows OEM attached, this Windows license cannot be transferred to another computer


    Don
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    • Marked as answer by Henba Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:17 AM
    Sunday, May 04, 2014 12:44 AM

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  • I have computer (computer A) with a Windows 8 Standard OEM license. I would like this computer to run Windows 8 Pro OEM, and move the Standard license to another computer (computer B).

    Correct me if I'm wrong (and please confirm if I'm right), but as far as I've understood it the OEM licenses have changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and on Windows 8 they are no longer tied to the hardware.

    I'm not aware that OEM-supplied/attached licenses are now able to be moved. Can you provide a reference for that theory?

    OEM SB (System Builder) licenses, if you are building for yourself (i.e. not building to resell), *DO* allow transfer

    http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.aspx

    So, here's how I understand it:

    a) if you build your own computer, and purchase an OEM SB for that computer, for your own personal use, that license can be transferred to another computer.

    b) if you buy a computer which is already built and has Windows OEM attached, this Windows license cannot be transferred to another computer


    Don
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    • Marked as answer by Henba Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:17 AM
    Sunday, May 04, 2014 12:44 AM
  • A Windows 8.1 OEM license cannot be transferred to a different PC.  The license is permanently bound to the PC it was originally installed and activated on.  Upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro would not change this fact.

    Carey Frisch

    Sunday, May 04, 2014 7:06 AM
  • It seems I have confused the OEM SB license with regular OEM.

    I can't understand why there's no reasonable price to upgrade a single license from Standard to Pro. Would I really have to buy en entirely new Pro license and discard my Standard license? I'm not paying $200 just to get the Pro features, when I already have Standard, especially considering the price difference between Pro and Standard is $30–40 or something.


    • Edited by Henba Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:17 AM
    Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:09 AM