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Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

  1. #1


    Teesang Guest

    Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

    Hello all.

    I hope someone can help me understand restrictions (if any) I need to
    consider before purchasing my new computer and moving Vista over to it.

    I've searched the Internet and I can't seem to find a solid answer on this
    issue.

    I purchased Vista Ultimate a couple of months ago. Recently, I've decided
    it's time for a new computer system. I do not purchase name brand computers.
    I custom make mine. So basically I will be buying a new motherboard, case,
    video card etc etc and building a new machine.

    My concern is how to transfer my product key or license, or if I even need
    to do so?

    Can I just build the new computer and then insert my Vista Ultimate DVD and
    install as normal? Or do I need to "remove" or "deactivate" the
    license/product key from my old computer first? I just don't want to run
    into issues when installing or activating Vista on the new machine.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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  2. #2
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    Re: Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

    First is your copy OEM or RETAIL, It matters!

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  3. #3


    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

    On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:43:00 -0800, Teesang
    <Teesang@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > I purchased Vista Ultimate a couple of months ago. Recently, I've decided
    > it's time for a new computer system. I do not purchase name brand computers.
    > I custom make mine. So basically I will be buying a new motherboard, case,
    > video card etc etc and building a new machine.
    >
    > My concern is how to transfer my product key or license, or if I even need
    > to do so?
    >
    > Can I just build the new computer and then insert my Vista Ultimate DVD and
    > install as normal? Or do I need to "remove" or "deactivate" the
    > license/product key from my old computer first?

    There is no such thing as "deactivation," nor is there any need to do
    so. The answer to your question depends on whether you bought a retail
    copy of Vista or an OEM one. If it's a retail one, there is no
    problem--just install and activate normally (worst case, you might be
    prompted to activate by a quick and easy voice call to an 800 number).

    But if you bought one of the cheaper OEM versions, you may *not* do
    this at all. An OEM version comes with several disadvantages (that's
    why it's cheaper), the most severe of which is that its license ties
    it permanently to the first computer it's installed on. It can never
    legally be moved to another computer, sold, or given away.

    It's for that reason that I almost always recommend against buying an
    OEM version.

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    Re: Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

    If it's retail (re: Bare Foot Kid), you will have to reactivate over the phone, explaining that you're installing it on a completely new build. If it's OEM, it's not possible to transfer it to a new build, as it's tied that particular machine.

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  5. #5


    Teesang Guest

    Re: Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

    Hi Ken, thanks for that answer.

    I purchased a retail version of Vista Ultimate. So my new computer will
    keep pretty much nothing form my old computer except the monitors. If I
    understand correctly, I should be able to install without problems, and when
    activating, I may just need to call a 1-800 number. That sounds simple
    enough.

    "Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:

    > On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:43:00 -0800, Teesang
    > <Teesang@xxxxxx> wrote:
    >

    > > I purchased Vista Ultimate a couple of months ago. Recently, I've decided
    > > it's time for a new computer system. I do not purchase name brand computers.
    > > I custom make mine. So basically I will be buying a new motherboard, case,
    > > video card etc etc and building a new machine.
    > >
    > > My concern is how to transfer my product key or license, or if I even need
    > > to do so?
    > >
    > > Can I just build the new computer and then insert my Vista Ultimate DVD and
    > > install as normal? Or do I need to "remove" or "deactivate" the
    > > license/product key from my old computer first?
    >
    >
    > There is no such thing as "deactivation," nor is there any need to do
    > so. The answer to your question depends on whether you bought a retail
    > copy of Vista or an OEM one. If it's a retail one, there is no
    > problem--just install and activate normally (worst case, you might be
    > prompted to activate by a quick and easy voice call to an 800 number).
    >
    > But if you bought one of the cheaper OEM versions, you may *not* do
    > this at all. An OEM version comes with several disadvantages (that's
    > why it's cheaper), the most severe of which is that its license ties
    > it permanently to the first computer it's installed on. It can never
    > legally be moved to another computer, sold, or given away.
    >
    > It's for that reason that I almost always recommend against buying an
    > OEM version.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    >

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  6. #6


    Brian W Guest

    Re: Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?


    "koch" <koch.34xzc1@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    news:koch.34xzc1@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net...

    >
    > If it's OEM, it's not possible to transfer it to a new build, as it's
    > tied that particular machine.
    Generic OEM licences cannot be transferred, but the original machine can be
    'upgraded' as you see fit without breaching the EULA.


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  7. #7


    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: Do I need to move License/Product Keys to a new computer?

    On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 12:59:02 -0800, Teesang
    <Teesang@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > Hi Ken, thanks for that answer.

    You're welcome. Glad to help.


    > I purchased a retail version of Vista Ultimate.

    Good!


    > So my new computer will
    > keep pretty much nothing form my old computer except the monitors. If I
    > understand correctly, I should be able to install without problems, and when
    > activating, I may just need to call a 1-800 number. That sounds simple
    > enough.

    Yes, you understand correctly.



    > "Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:
    >

    > > On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:43:00 -0800, Teesang
    > > <Teesang@xxxxxx> wrote:
    > >

    > > > I purchased Vista Ultimate a couple of months ago. Recently, I've decided
    > > > it's time for a new computer system. I do not purchase name brand computers.
    > > > I custom make mine. So basically I will be buying a new motherboard, case,
    > > > video card etc etc and building a new machine.
    > > >
    > > > My concern is how to transfer my product key or license, or if I even need
    > > > to do so?
    > > >
    > > > Can I just build the new computer and then insert my Vista Ultimate DVD and
    > > > install as normal? Or do I need to "remove" or "deactivate" the
    > > > license/product key from my old computer first?
    > >
    > >
    > > There is no such thing as "deactivation," nor is there any need to do
    > > so. The answer to your question depends on whether you bought a retail
    > > copy of Vista or an OEM one. If it's a retail one, there is no
    > > problem--just install and activate normally (worst case, you might be
    > > prompted to activate by a quick and easy voice call to an 800 number).
    > >
    > > But if you bought one of the cheaper OEM versions, you may *not* do
    > > this at all. An OEM version comes with several disadvantages (that's
    > > why it's cheaper), the most severe of which is that its license ties
    > > it permanently to the first computer it's installed on. It can never
    > > legally be moved to another computer, sold, or given away.
    > >
    > > It's for that reason that I almost always recommend against buying an
    > > OEM version.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    > >
    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup

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