With all the update and purchase offers for Windows 10 put in place by Microsoft, today it’s hard to know which Windows license we really have and the one we will have if we acquire this or that version of Windows 10!
Faced with the general confusion and to answer the questions that often come up in the comments, I offer in this article a summary table that tries to be as exhaustive as possible: depending on how you obtained Windows 10, you will be able to precisely determine the Windows 10 license that you own!
As a reminder, there is several different licenses of Windows of which the best known and the most sold are: the OEM license and the Retail license:
- The OEM license is linked ad vitam aeternam to the first machine where Windows was installed, you cannot transfer this license to another PC.
- The Retail license Windows is much more flexible since it is possible to move it from one PC to another. If you want to know more, I advise you to read the article on Windows licenses (Retail, OEM, SLP, VL…).
Here is the long awaited table. 🙂
He shows you the Windows 10 license you own depending on how you got Windows 10 as well as the activation method which validates your license.
To note :
- The icon Product key indicates the product key activation method.
- The icon Digital license indicates the digital license activation method.
|Way you got Windows 10||Activation||Licence|
|You bought a new pc on which Windows 10 was pre-installed.||Product key||OEM|
|You performed the free upgrade to Windows 10 from a licensed Windows 7 or 8.1 PC Retail.||Digital license||Retail|
|You performed the free upgrade to Windows 10 from a licensed Windows 7 or 8.1 PC OEM.||Digital license||OEM|
|You bought Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store.||Digital license||Retail|
|You bought a upgrade to Windows 10 Professional on the Microsoft Store.||Digital license||Retail|
|You’re a Windows Insider and you’ve upgraded to the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible PC running a previous activated version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.||Digital license||OEM|
|You purchased Windows 10 under license OEM with a authorized dealer.||Product key||OEM|
|You purchased Windows 10 under license Retail with a authorized dealer.||Product key||Retail|
|You have installed Windows 10 and activated it with a Windows 7 or 8.1 OEM product key.||Product key||OEM|
|You have installed Windows 10 and activated it with a Windows 7 or 8.1 Retail product key.||Product key||Retail|
|You have a volume license agreement for Windows 10.||Product key||VL|
If you have any comments or if you still have questions about your Windows license, feel free to leave a message in the comments, we will try to clarify the situation on your license. 😉
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