If you are thinking of changing your PC and you already have a Windows 11 PC, you are probably wondering if you can take advantage of the operating system license that you have already paid for.
Can you transfer a Windows 11 license from one computer to another?
Yes, however, it depends on what type of license you have of Windows 11. If it’s a full retail store-bought license online or offline then it is transferable to a new computer. You can use the slmrgr command to deactivate the Windows 11 license of your old PC and install it on the new one.
Genuine Windows 11 licenses aren’t cheap, and buying an activation key from disreputable websites isn’t always a good idea. Obviously, much worse is using cracking utilities that disable Windows protection in exchange for leaving us some “gift” in the form of malware on our computer.
Therefore, if you have a Windows 11 license, the best option is to transfer it to a new computer with a little-known method, but absolutely legal and valid.
Before continuing, two warnings: This solution is not valid for OEM licenses (those that come pre-installed) and it does not serve to transform a Home license to Pro or vice versa.
Steps to Transfer a Windows 11 License to a New PC
Step 1: Search for Command Prompt and click on the Run as administrator option.
Step 2: Type command slmgr /upk to remove the current product key and press Enter (Warning: DO NOT do it if you have an OEM license because it will be deactivated)
Step 3: Now, execute another command slmgr.vbs / cpky to remove the product key from Windows Registry
Step 4: If everything has gone well, you will see how your copy is deactivated although you will be able to continue using the operating system. Windows will show you a window to indicate it.
Step 5: On the new PC, with a clean copy of Windows 11 installed, open the Command Prompt and type slmgr.vbs / ipk ##### – ##### – ##### – ##### – ## ### , where # are the numbers of your key.
Step 6: Windows 11 should be activated. Sometimes, you may have to go to the Activation menu and enter your password manually.