Comments on: How To Uninstall Your Windows Product Key Before You Sell Your PC https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/ We Explain Technology Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:59:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Stinger608 https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-199755 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 16:36:31 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-199755 @ Stu: You quoted: “What is the ” Remaining Windows rearm count:xx” info line in the /dlv output page?
Is that count of how many times the key can be moved?”

No, what that is, is the amount of times a person can rearm windows for the 30 day grace period before the activation is needed. A person can install Windows 7 on a system and not activate it for 30 days. Then it can be rearmed up to 3 times after that.

Does that help?

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By: george https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-198875 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:32:30 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-198875 I’ll just say this:
I USE LINUX :)

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By: blyarts https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-198064 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:28:00 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-198064 how do i download this article for offline use

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By: Dave https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197937 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:26:04 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197937 So what about the scenario where you aquire a PC that has been licensed using a valid VLK, but you want to change it to the OEM license from the sticker on the box. We get this sometimes when we aquire a business, but for whatever reason we can’t use the VLK. We’ve been formatting and reinstalling from an OEM disk but this seems much easier!

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By: Spax https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197641 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 09:17:27 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197641 Tried with Success on Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.

Spax

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By: William Wilson https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197614 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:55:56 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197614 @Bob

Thanks for this information; I had noticed the lack of relationship between the HP bulk serial no. on the label on bottom of the computer case and suspected that an explanation such as yours was likely., Appreciate the additional info as well.

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By: SuAlfons https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197552 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:04:13 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197552 In Europe (and maybe other areas aswell), bundling hardware and software is not allowed. So you can legally use an OEM version of any software on any PC (on any ONE PC, of course). You can also buy OEM DVDs of Windows in any computer hardware store – the difference are the missing documentation, packaging and that there is only 32 *or* 64bit included.

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By: Paul https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197493 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 08:07:07 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197493 This tip of “slmgr” doesn’t work with XP. Which versions of Windows is it for?

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By: Taylor Gibb https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197491 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:26:19 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197491 Just to clarify, you dont have to be connected to the Internet. When you try register the key on your new PC Microsoft will see that the key is linked to the GUID of your old PC, and will unlink it from that GUID and link it to the GUID of your new PC. I should have mentioned that in the article.

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By: Vaidya https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197490 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:17:10 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197490 Are the Product Key and Activation Id different. While uninstalling my product key, using Activation Id, which is different, if I am not connected to Internet, how connection or relevance does it have with the new machine.

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By: Richard Steven Hack https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197452 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:52:42 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197452 As others have said, OEM licenses can NOT be transferred – that is, legally.

In fact, Windows XP keys can be transferred easily. Microsoft really couldn’t care less in practice. It’s long been said by “experts” that you can’t reactivate an OEM key on another machine, but in practice PC techs do it routinely, usually by following the phone reactivation method – but in many cases you can just reactivate over the Net as you would with a retail key.

To reiterate, this is for Windows XP. Windows 7 has a different methodology. Check out the MyDigitalLife Web site for numerous tools to shuffle Windows Vista and 7 OEM keys around.

The only complication I’ve run into with XP is where you have an OEM key on the label, but the box you’re working on is really a “refurbished” machine with a separate “refurbished key” – which is different. Then you have to jump through a couple hoops using a Microsoft utility to change the key.

Sure, some of this is “illegal”. In practice, it’s unenforceable and Microsoft knows it. The notion that an OS you paid for with your original machine can’t be transferred to a new machine is simply extortion and almost no one is going to adhere to that, especially when the OS – if bought retail – is now the most expensive part of any machine. Really, Microsoft expects people to pay $150 for a new copy of an OS that costs the OEM $50 – on a $500-600 machine? Never happen and Microsoft knows it.

You can talk “legal” or you can talk “real-world”…

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By: Ben https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197447 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:32:58 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197447 Looks like the product key is from one of the preview releases of Windows 8.
No reason to be concerned for the author.

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By: Mark https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197444 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:06:07 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197444 I hope that key in the last two screenshots is fake…

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By: Zinc64 https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197433 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:41:56 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197433 Only “retail” copies of Windows can be transferred to another machine.

Don’t know too many people who pay full retail for Windows these days…good luck…

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By: Shawn https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197427 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:55:17 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197427 Here’s how to remove your MS OFFICE Keys:
http://www.vikitech.com/1274/easily-remove-microsoft-office-product-key-with-office-key-remover

Thanks for this tutorial Howtogeek!

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By: trendless https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197422 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:15:17 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197422 What Bob said:

OEM keys (ie came with your computer) = not allowed. Retail keys (bought FPP license separately) = allowed.

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By: Akoolo https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197415 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:34:25 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197415 This is information i have been missing, yet to try and c how it works

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By: Bugger https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197414 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:29:00 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197414 You will probably get a message after you install the os on another computer saying it’s already been registered. I just run the register program and stop where it displays all the numbers in the boxes and call in on the phone line to MS. Just follow the prompts to read off the numbers on the screen and then type in the new numbers and letters it tells you. Works for me. If you don’t register your product, you can’t download updates.

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By: notthesmartestgeek https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197405 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:46:26 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197405 Does Microsoft keep track of how many times you transfer licenses? What about like an MSDN license? EX: My MSDN license allows 5 installs. What if I already installed it on 5 machines, but now I want to “uninstall” it from one machine and move it to another? Will it say “you can only install on 5 machines…etc” or will this enable me to do that?

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By: Justin https://www.howtogeek.com/124286/how-to-uninstall-your-windows-product-key-before-you-sell-your-pc/#comment-197400 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:26:15 +0000 http://www.howtogeek.com/?p=124286#comment-197400 Does Microsoft actually keep track of this? Will not uninstalling the product key cause problems if I try to use the key in another Windows installation?

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