Question Transferring or Activating my windows serial from my old laptop to a new one?

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I have a laptop that I used since 2015, it just completed went black, I made an attempt to repair it but the places I took it to all had the same thing to say about the laptop. They all said the motherboard has gone bad. So now I am looking to get a new laptop (No OS installed) and then install windows 10 from a bootable USB stick on it. My question is this, can I transfer my windows 10 from the older laptop to this new laptop? The laptop wouldn't come on so I don't know how to get access to my old serial or activation key for windows on that laptop. Can someone help me out here?
 

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I have a laptop that I used since 2015, it just completed went black, I made an attempt to repair it but the places I took it to all had the same thing to say about the laptop. They all said the motherboard has gone bad. So now I am looking to get a new laptop (No OS installed) and then install windows 10 from a bootable USB stick on it. My question is this, can I transfer my windows 10 from the older laptop to this new laptop? The laptop wouldn't come on so I don't know how to get access to my old serial or activation key for windows on that laptop. Can someone help me out here?
An OEM license from a laptop is rarely transferable.

Where did the OS license come from?
 
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That's up to Microsoft. There are legit sites to get keys for a decent price.
Are these keys legal? not the "cracked" versions? Hope youy don't mind if I as but can you give some of these websites where I can get legit windows keys?
 

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Are these keys legal? not the "cracked" versions? Hope youy don't mind if I as but can you give some of these websites where I can get legit windows keys?
If you want a legit key rather than a gray market one, sites like NewEgg and Amazon. PCPartPicker is usually pretty good at only showing Windows versions from non-shady sites.
 

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Are these keys legal? not the "cracked" versions? Hope youy don't mind if I as but can you give some of these websites where I can get legit windows keys?
"Not Cracked" is not the same as "Fully legal".

They may be "legit", as in originally purchased from Microsoft.
But also, a conduit for money laundering.

There is no 'cheap + valid' when it comes to licensed software.
 
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Windows 10?
If you log on to your MS account, what does it say about that particular system and license?

For the laptop you're buying (from where?) what is the price difference between OS and No OS?
Yes, Windows 10. Previous laptop was from the UK got that one in 2014, the new one I intend to get is from Germany. There's a 300 euro difference between the laptop with an OS and the one without an OS. I don't think I registered my previous laptop to MS (can't remember anyway), is it possible to use my laptop serial number to figure out if it was registered on MS
 
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If you want a legit key rather than a gray market one, sites like NewEgg and Amazon. PCPartPicker is usually pretty good at only showing Windows versions from non-shady sites.
How much do these normally go for compared to getting directly from Microsoft?
 

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Previous laptop was from the UK got that one in 2014, the new one I intend to get is from Germany. There's a 300 euro difference between the laptop with an OS and the one without an OS. I don't think I registered my previous laptop to MS (can't remember anyway), is it possible to use my laptop serial number to figure out if it was registered on MS
300 euro!
Highway robbery!

Win 10/11 Home is only ~$100, direct from a valid source.

Did you never create an account with Microsoft for the previous license?
If not, then it is NOT transferable.
 
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300 euro!
Highway robbery!

Win 10/11 Home is only ~$100, direct from a valid source.

Did you never create an account with Microsoft for the previous license?
If not, then it is NOT transferable.
Here are both of them, the one with an OS and the one without an OS

Lenovo Legion 5i 15IAH7H 82RB007DGE


Lenovo Legion 5 15IAH 82RB00LLGE i7-12700H 16GB/1TB 15" WQHD RTX3070 nOS

I can't remember if I created an account, is there a way to confirm this using the old laptop serial number?
 
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300 euro!
Highway robbery!

Win 10/11 Home is only ~$100, direct from a valid source.

Did you never create an account with Microsoft for the previous license?
If not, then it is NOT transferable.
Can you help me with the link where I can get this for about $100?
 

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Can you help me with the link where I can get this for about $100?
Microsoft, $139
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/d/windows-10-home/d76qx4bznwk4?rtc=1&activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Amazon, $110
https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Builder-Windоws-Intended-Upgradable/dp/B00ZSI7Y3U

Newegg, $110
https://www.newegg.com/microsoft-windows-10-home-64-bit/p/N82E16832416892


If yo find it much cheaper elsewhere, you have to ask yourself...how?
What illegal/not valid magic does that site have?
 
Eh gray area isn't illegal. I can point you to a site that is recommended by a former Microsoft employee that has verified with Microsoft that the keys are legit and legal.
 

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Eh gray area isn't illegal. I can point you to a site that is recommended by a former Microsoft employee that has verified with Microsoft that the keys are legit and legal.
It's not necessarily "illegal".

But, what is that low price supporting?

It may well be a valid license, bought directly from MS.
With a stolen credit card, supporting money laundering.

Personally, I'd prefer not to support that.
YMMV.
 
ive got win 8 licence back when microsoft had promo on it (as nobody wanted it), for just 60 bucks, still works now on win11 :)

btw if you purchase online windows key and it comes from non microsoft email, then such key is not legit
 

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