OEM Hard drive transfer

Hey community,
I've read a lot of post on the OEM version and understand it is a licence to one compute and is not transferable. Because I bought the PC with the OEM already installed to a hard drive, if I clean install it to a new SSD I bought will the licence carry over or will I have to buy another one? If anyone has any personal experience would be great! thank you. 
 

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Last updated October 15, 2018 Views 336 Applies to:
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An OEM license only becomes invalid if you change the motherboard or try to transfer it to another computer. 

Changing to a SSD will not do this. 

Windows 10 Digital License

When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have a key and Do this later.

There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already own to reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

Reinstall by Performing a Direct Clean Install

If Windows 10 was already installed and activated on your system, just proceed to perform a direct clean install as described in the following articles.


Step 1: How to download official Windows 10 ISO files 

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