Question Hello, I am going to be buying a new customized computer and I have the choice to have the operating system installed (Windows 8.1) or just get the drivers disk for less money. I have two computers now bother running Windows 8.1 Pro. I am going to be getting rid of one of the computers and I am going to remove all data including the operating system. Can I use the Windows 8.1 pro disk and serial number from the computer I am getting rid of on my new computer. Both are laptops but different brands. Thank you for your time
Answer Hi John!
Whether or not you can use the OS on your old computer on your new one depends on what type of license you have on your old one.
In general, if the old computer came with the OS installed and has a license sticker on it, then it CANNOT be transferred - the license lives and dies with the computer with which it came.
In general, if you bought your own OS to put on the old computer, then it can be transferred to a new machine.
If you have further questions, please let me know your specifics.
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Thank you for the great response. The OS was bought separate so I will be able to use it. Again thank you for the concise and VERY QUICK response. I appreciate it.
I can answer nearly all questions about Windows 8 - installation, upgrade, virtualization (Hyper-V, etc.), configuration, how to get the most out of it, how to buy it, etc. I won't pretend to know it all - nobody can - if I don't know, I will try and find the answer. If I can't find it, I'll tell you.
I worked as an analyst in Dell server support for 2 years, and have since worked with many Dell PowerEdge servers. I am currently employed as IT Manager. I have been using Windows 8 since the early Developer Preview days and use it on all of my primary PC's for a number of activities.
Education/Credentials I have a BS in Computer Science and have earned the following certifications: CompTIA Security+, A+, Project+; CIW Web Design, Database Specialist; Microsoft Windows 7; Dell DCSE Server. I am also an expert in Windows 7, Servers, and Hard Drives (I don't normally do XP - not because I don't know it inside and out, but because I have "retired" personal support for XP, and I want to see it die :)).