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Using W10 key from old laptop?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a Windows 10 key from my old laptop that I'd like to use to activate Windows 10 on my new PC. I even deleted/unregistered the key on my old laptop and cleared the reg. I still can't activate that key on my PC. It says I don't have a digital license and forces me to buy it from the store. The SLUI 4 method doesn't work anymore so I can't activate anything over the phone. Not sure if MS support can help, though. Is there anyway to reuse the old key or do I have to shell out for a new key? I've heard people using cheap Ebay keys or key gens just fine, but I wonder if those let you get updates.

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Probably an OEM key so you won't be able to transfer it


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1 minute ago, Slottr said:

Probably an OEM key so you won't be able to transfer it

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It's probably and OEM key that was purchased by the company who sold you the laptop and can only be used by the company (If I'm not off-track) and not by an user on another computer 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm not sure if I should ask, but those cheap Ebay keys... are they similar to or better than keygens? I've seen people being satisfied with their purchase, some weren't.

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23 minutes ago, Whateverchan said:

I'm not sure if I should ask, but those cheap Ebay keys... are they similar to or better than keygens? I've seen people being satisfied with their purchase, some weren't.

We cannot discuss keygens as that constitutes piracy. As for cheap keys off eBay, most of them violate the terms of the Microsoft EULA as they're usually not retail keys from authorized resellers. Your best bet will be to purchase a key from the Windows store, from a local box store / retailer, or from Amazon.


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1 hour ago, Slottr said:

Probably an OEM key so you won't be able to transfer it

Agreed with @Slottr, most probably it happens with the OEM keys.

 

One more possibility can be there, if you have ever used pirated Win 10 on that PC, then the activation process tells you that "Could not activate your license due to could not connect to the MS server"


Make sure 'Windows Update' and "Software Distribution" services are in the running state. Hence, make sure Windows is getting updates properly.

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In past it has been enough to connect key with MS account and login. Are you already doing that or just trying to insert activation code?


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