- 6 months ago
I was originally thinking of trying to see if I could transfer my laptop's license. It started as a Windows 7 Home OEM license. Then I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 Pro with a University Upgrade license. Then finally upgraded to Windows 10 Pro through the free upgrade. I'm assuming though I cannot transfer it. I'm not sure if the 8.1 Upgrade license could have changed it to a form of retail or not that makes it transferable. Of course I have a key for 7 and 8... but not 10 so I assume that means I can't really even check anyway unless it was somehow tied to my MSFT account. Back when I was on 8.1, my laptop's motherboard died and had to be replaced so I RMA'd it. I had no issues with windows in doing so, didn't need to reactivate or anything.
Anyway, given the fact I'm assuming I can't transfer the license. Just trying to decide whether to spend the $50 extra (150 vs 200) on OEM vs Retail for my first desktop build I'm putting together. My main concern on not going retail is if I build a new system 7 years down the road from now (that's how long I've been using this laptop) that I have a use for the older system, like a games server or something, then I'd have to buy a license for the new system. Though I'm assuming should I have an issue with the Mobo and have to RMA it, having a retail license still would lead to less of a headache, but I have no idea if I just got lucky with my laptop's mobo replacement years ago.
Just looking for advice at this point as I head off the microcenter to buy the cpu and potentially the OS, ordered all the other stuff on amazon last night.