Moving Your Windows Store Purchased Windows 10 or Windows 11 License To a New PC
About 6 months ago, I purchased a proper Windows license from the Microsoft Store for my RTX 3060 Zotac gaming PC. I am sure, there are always alternative ways to do this, but, I figured, nah. I make so much money from my computers, and from Microsoft .NET, ah, I feel like I owe Microsoft the license money.
So, yes, bought it from the Microsoft Store.
Then, this week, my RTX died. It’s now on the way to the repairs.
So, I decided to get myself a replaced desktop.
Then, it hit me. Hold on, I dont have to buy another license. I already have one. For whatever reason, windows did not automatically detect my license. I assumed it would.
Eventually, this is what worked.
- Wait for windows to complain that the license is not present.
- (Main Thing) Choose the option that says, ‘I have added new hardware or changed my motherboard’.
- Then, you will get a prompt that shows your ‘old’ PC. In my case, windows showed my RTX 3060 PC.
- I selected it, and the license immediately transferred to this new PC.
Boom. That’s it.
Still, I wished, it was less confusing. I like the Adobe licensing system. It automatically detects and tells me to ‘deactivate’ an older computer and activates the new computer.
At least, I did not have spend hours with customer support.