Windows 10 OEM vs Retail

Hi there,

I recently just bought a Windows 10 64bit OEM/System Builder installer. In the future can I transfer my license to another PC if I were to upgrade my PC components such as the motherboard, cpu, hard drive etc. ?


Hi Jake,

Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community.

Yes, you can clean install Windows 10.

The only hardware changes that can negatively impact activation status once you upgrade to free version are the changes to the:

  1. CPU
  2. TPM
  3. Motherboard replacement

The following changes are examples of hardware changes that will NOT impact the activation status:

  1. HDD/SSD
  2. Video card
  3. Adding extra memory

If you replace the CPU, TPM, or Motherboard you may have to re-activate but this will not require a purchase of Windows 10.

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Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If the issue persists, do get back to us. We will be happy to assist you.           

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Last updated June 28, 2019 Views 3,348 Applies to: