Possible to transfer Pre-installed Win8.1 OEM license to another PC?

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Hi,

I know this question has been asked before, but I find different answers so I'm a bit confused.
I've got a laptop which came with Win8 pre-installed(OEM), and I upgraded to 8.1. Now I'm putting together a new gaming-rig, and I was wondering if I could transfer the laptop's OEM license to my new pc.(I will install Linux Mint 17 on this laptop after.)Here they say it can be done, but here and here they say it cannot be done.(as I understand it) I searched for the answer on this specific question, so those links describe the answer for the OEM version, not Retail. Microsoft itself isn't very clear on this either. At least, not to me. Can someone confirm whether this can be done or not? I don't want to risk losing my license. If the right answer is in one of those posts, please correct me, but as I understand it, they contradict each other.
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@iKoolLuke: Yeah I know about OEM, but those answers seemed to contradict each other. (maybe they actually do, and they are just wrong) It'l be a hard time waiting for Win10 to come.. :( Is the exact release date know, and how much it will cost?
 

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So it's possible when you buy an OEM license yourself and you have installed it yourself? But what is the difference between an OEM license which is already installed by the manufacturer and an OEM license which you installed yourself?
I've read a self bought OEM license is bound to the first motherboard it's installed on. It's a bit confusing, so as I understand it now, you actually have three"versions" of Win8.1.. Retail, pre-install OEM, and self-bought OEM.
 

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Windows 10 actual release:
Sometime late 2015

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-release-date-price-news-and-features-1029245
http://www.itpro.co.uk/operating-systems/23119/windows-10-release-date-specs-pricing

Cost? Unknown
 

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The licensing changed between Win 7 & 8.
Win 7, an OEM license was strictly tied to that first motherboard.
Win 8, a license that you bought and you installed could be reinstalled on different hardware.
 

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Umm.. I accidentally deleted my post >.<
Sorry for that xD

Quoting trustedreviews.com -
"The Windows 10 release date is set for mid-2015, with the consumer edition preview now firmly pegged for January 21 ..." - So since the preview is coming out this month, it shouldn't be too long for it to come out. As for the cost, I don't really know but it shouldn't be too different from 8.1 :)
 

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Yeah, i've read those very articles myelf, but they are anything but helpful (when you need to know the release date and cost,) so I asked it.. Will there be a trial to your knowledge? (not a buggy dev version)
 

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21january isn't too long no.. I think i'll try that preview, but i suppose this preview isn't very suitable as a main OS.
 

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Oh man, you are asking a similar question to mine. So here's what I can tell you, you can probably dump your SLIC to get the key, and using OEM installation media (read: DVD) you should be able to activate... There's just that little problem that M$ does enforce one machine per key for Windows 8, not sure if they check if the machine is running, or you can only activate one hardware per key, I don't know. Maybe you can get around that using phone activation, and legitimately tell them you replaced the motherboard.

I'm trying to avoid activating on the machine the key came with, so I won't have problem activating on the machine that I will use Windows 8.1 on. That's only if M$ offers a cheap upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Otherwise I'm not gonna bother with 8/8.1 at all.
 

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Tech Preview now.
Consumer Preview probably later this month.

I have the Tech Preview running on a secondary laptop since day one. It's pretty good. But NOT for a primary, main system.
Rumor leads to the thought of current Win 8/8.1 users will get Win 10 for free.
Rumors only, though.
 

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You can't, or M$ says they won't be happy with you?

My understanding is that the SLIC can be read, and you get your 5x5 key out of it. Of course you pair that with OEM installation media.
 

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The activation servers at Microsoft are the final authority. It knows what the license is, and it knows what motherboard that license is associated with.
It almost certainly will not activate.
 

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Does the association of key to the motherboard take place at the factory or the first time the machine goes online?

What about phone activation, you can always say the computer broke and motherboard has been replaced...?

 

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Laptop motherboard replaced with a desktop motherboard is not a viable 'replacement'...:)
The association happens when that license is activated. When you turned the laptop on and used it, or even before, when it was built.
 

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Yeah, but that's the critical part. Whether it takes place at the factory or the first time you use it. It makes all the difference.

And according to M$ laptop to desktop motherboard replacement is quite "viable". ;)
 

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Factory.
And who, specifically, at MS says that is a 'viable' replacement?
 

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The Indian dudes on the other end of the phone at M$. Don't say what kind of motherboard it is. Don't give any non-essential information. Always worked so far.
 

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OK, maybe. As said, the final authority is MS.
But then, you have to come up with an OEM install of the Win 8.1.

Dunno, never done it between laptop and desktop. I generally don't buy a laptop with Windows and then try to move that OS to a new desktop.

A Windows OS is maybe 10% of a new desktop.
 

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While you don't get a recovery or install disk anymore, my laptop had a recovery program which allowed me to burn the recovery partition on a set of dvd's (6! in total). I have retrieved the embedded key with belarc advisor, so would it be stupid to try to install windows on a new pc using these disks you think? I think it's rather unfair from MS to keep you from using your license on another product. You pay for a product but you can't freely use, stingy misers at ms..
 

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I think it's rather unfair from MS to keep you from using your license on another product. You pay for a product but you can't freely use, stingy misers at ms..
It is less expensive for a reason. If you want a freely transferable license, you can just buy a Retail license.
Install on whatever new hardware you want. Only one PC at a time, of course.
 

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Your key is your right to the software. Where you get the OEM installation media is irrelevant.

Also, apparently it's possible to inject the SLIC into another motherboard (including desktop) sometimes. That kind of takes care of the problem.

Besides, I never said that I'll be doing laptop to desktop transfer, it might be another laptop, or even another laptop of the same brand...
 

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In keeping with the original topic of this thread, it was from a preinstalled laptop to a new desktop build.

Where you get the OEM installation media is irrelevant.
According to the MS licensing, it is relevant.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProperty/UseTerms/Default.aspx
 

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