Activation issues for Win 10

Gymrat76

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I recently built a new gaming PC and was intending to migrate my Win 10 from the old rig over to the new rig. The Windows 10 I had in the old rig is a retail version of Win8 that I upgraded for free to Win 10, purchased 6-7 years ago (lost receipt, lost product key etc.).

Since I didn't have the product key, I googled and found 3rd party software that could extract the product key, which I then used on my new PC when installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 Home. However, after installation, Windows said I didn't have a valid key so it was not activated. I called MS support and they could not really help me, saying the key that was extracted is a 'generic' key that's provided when the software is unable to detect a valid key. However on my old PC, the Windows remains activated without any issues.

Do I need to buy a new copy of Windows? I see MS selling them for SGD$200+ but I also see other websites (recommended by tomshardware as being legit) selling volume product keys for $20+ USD/EUR, though those are OEM as opposed to retail keys sold my MS.

Any idea what I can do to move the Windows to the new PC, or if there's indeed no way, on good alternatives for activation besides purchasing from MS directly?
 

tsteo77

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Is your previous win10 Home OEM copy ? Why not get a new WIN10 Home OEM DVD from SLS ? It cost about $120.
It can be use as long as mainboard not been replace.
 
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