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How to transfer a Windows 10 or 11 license to another PC

If you’re building a new PC (perhaps one of the best PC builds) running Microsoft’s operating system, you’ll probably need a Windows product key. Yes, you can run Windows 10 or 11 without a key, but this “disabled” version of Windows has an annoying watermark in the lower-right corner of the screen and some features — the ability to change the wallpaper, for example — disabled.

So having a Windows product key is really helpful, but the good news is that if you’re replacing a computer that already has a valid Windows key, you might be able to transfer the key to your new PC. We say “may” because your ability to transfer a Windows license depends on what type of license you have, which we’ll explain below. However, if you need a new key, check out our article on how to get Windows 11 or 10 for free or cheap.

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