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Purchase Windows 10 license for someone else?

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patseguin    1,307

I built my Dad a new PC a few weeks back and he loves it. I was over the other day and noticed on his desktop that Windows 10 was unlicensed. I tried to activate it using the option for new hardware (like I did on my new build) and it didn't work. Can I just buy him a license and then send him a key? Or do Windows licenses have to be bought in the Store on the actual machine these days?

 

Side note - I installed Windows 10 Pro for him but if I get him a Windows 10 Home license, will it just change editions without having to reinstall?

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Jim K    13,221

Yes... You can change the product key (Settings > Update & Security> Activation > Change product key)

 

But, I do not think you can do this going from Pro to Home...only can use keys which match the current install.  I could be wrong (I've never "downgraded" Windows)

 

This might work though... /shrug

 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/downgrade-from-windows-10-pro-to-home/

 

Also, you sure the current key is bad? Try to contact Microsoft about it? You didn't get the key from a  sketchy site like Scdkey?

 

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patseguin    1,307
57 minutes ago, Jim K said:

Yes... You can change the product key (Settings > Update & Security> Activation > Change product key)

 

But, I do not think you can do this going from Pro to Home...only can use keys which match the current install.  I could be wrong (I've never "downgraded" Windows)

 

This might work though... /shrug

 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/downgrade-from-windows-10-pro-to-home/

 

Also, you sure the current key is bad? Try to contact Microsoft about it? You didn't get the key from a  sketchy site like Scdkey?

 

Nope, he had a legit copy of Windows 8.1 and did the free upgrade to Windows 10. He told me he used the same Microsoft ID but it's definitely not working. I'll probably just have to go over there and help him get a new key.

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Jim K    13,221
14 minutes ago, patseguin said:

Nope, he had a legit copy of Windows 8.1 and did the free upgrade to Windows 10. He told me he used the same Microsoft ID but it's definitely not working. I'll probably just have to go over there and help him get a new key.

Call Microsoft and get it activated. If it was a legit copy, he upgraded to a legit copy (same sku)..it should all still be legit. Too legit to quit. Don't blow 90 bucks (or whatever it costs).

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+warwagon    13,028
27 minutes ago, patseguin said:

Nope, he had a legit copy of Windows 8.1 and did the free upgrade to Windows 10. He told me he used the same Microsoft ID but it's definitely not working. I'll probably just have to go over there and help him get a new key.

A bit more clarification. You said he had 8.1 and did the free upgrade to windows 10. Does this mean he had windows 8.1 on his old computer and did the free upgrade there? If that's the case the Windows 10 license won't' carry over. It's also not tied to a Microsoft Live ID but a hardware ID.

 

Or did he install windows 8.1 On the new machine and upgraded for free to Windows 10?

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Jim K    13,221

If isn't a OEM copy, he should be able to use the 8.1 key on 10 and have it activate (even on a new build)...as long as the key has been upgraded in the past. No?

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+warwagon    13,028
2 minutes ago, Jim K said:

If isn't a OEM copy, he should be able to use the 8.1 key on 10 and have it activate (even on a new build). No?

Unless he already cashed in on the upgrade on a previous machine.

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PsYcHoKiLLa    2,325

Have you tried phone activation? It'll ask if the copy is running on one machine, just say yes (cos it is anyway).

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Jason S.    1,496

like others have said, try the phone activation option. i've done that many many times.

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Jim K    13,221
31 minutes ago, warwagon said:

Unless he already cashed in on the upgrade on a previous machine.

This was talked about previously ...

 

 

Also with 1607 you can link your Microsoft account to the digital license. More here...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

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patseguin    1,307

He upgraded from 8.1 to 10 Pro on the old machine. I built him the new machine and installed Windows 10 and he activated with the same MS ID (he says). Won't activate. I'll tell him to try phone if there is an option for that.

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Mando    5,117
25 minutes ago, patseguin said:

He upgraded from 8.1 to 10 Pro on the old machine. I built him the new machine and installed Windows 10 and he activated with the same MS ID (he says). Won't activate. I'll tell him to try phone if there is an option for that.

correct, that will not activate normally as he has found.

 

when it fails phone activation phone the toll number it pops up and say the old hardware died and you are setting it up on nearest replacement you could find. they will issue a new activation code and they will reset the limit count on the installation ID at their end.

 

 

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