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timlab55

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Okay, I guess I should start from the start. A long time ago, not in a far-off land there lived a (just joking). Anyway, about 2 years ago I had a new computer with a licensed copy of Windows 10 Pro on it. Love it (Windows 10) just like I did with XP until I ran across a program that would make Windows 11 act like XP. Now I love Windows 11. But recently, that computer broke, and Santa Clause came early for me and said "I have a new computer for you." Okay, so I cancel the registration of Windows 10 Pro on the old computer (while it was being fixed) and transfer it to the new computer. So far so good? Okay, now when I get the old computer back and built again, how can I get Windows 11 on it? My Windows 10 was actually Windows 10 Pro, So will the FREE copy of windows 11 be the home edition or will it be the Pro edition?
Thank You For Your Time.
Oh bye, the way you can finish the story.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-11900K
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI (LGA1200)
    Memory
    32.0GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 750 (ASUStek Computer Inc) 8176MB ATI Radeon RX 5500 XT (ASUStek Computer Inc)
    Sound Card
    N/A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VE278 (1920x1080@60Hz) VX3418-2KPC (2560x1080@60Hz) LEN C27-20 (1920x1080@75Hz)
    Hard Drives
    931GB SanDisk SSD PLUS 1000GB (SATA (SSD)) 34 °C
    476GB SanDisk SDSSDH3512G (SATA (SSD)) 29 °C
    3726GB Western Digital WDC WD4003FFBX-68MU3N0 (SATA ) 35 °C
    931GB Samsung SSD 980 PRO 1TB (Unknown (SSD))
    29GB Samsung Flash Drive FIT USB Device (USB )
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BrianInEngland

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Okay, I guess I should start from the start. A long time ago, not in a far-off land there lived a (just joking). Anyway, about 2 years ago I had a new computer with a licensed copy of Windows 10 Pro on it. Love it (Windows 10) just like I did with XP until I ran across a program that would make Windows 11 act like XP. Now I love Windows 11. But recently, that computer broke, and Santa Clause came early for me and said "I have a new computer for you." Okay, so I cancel the registration of Windows 10 Pro on the old computer (while it was being fixed) and transfer it to the new computer. So far so good? Okay, now when I get the old computer back and built again, how can I get Windows 11 on it? My Windows 10 was actually Windows 10 Pro, So will the FREE copy of windows 11 be the home edition or will it be the Pro edition?
Thank You For Your Time.
Oh bye, the way you can finish the story.
WIndows 11 will have the same licence type as Windows 10. I have Windows 11 Pro after going from Windows 7 Ultimate > Windows 10 Pro > Windows 11 Pro
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 (RP channel)
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5900X 12-core
    Motherboard
    X570 Aorus Xtreme
    Memory
    32GB Corsair Platinum RGB 3600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Suprim X 3080 Ti
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster AE-5 Plus
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG289
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB
    Samsung 970 Pro Plus 1TB
    Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
    Samsung T7 Touch 1TB
    PSU
    Asus ROG Strix 1000W
    Case
    Corsair D750 Airflow
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15S
    Keyboard
    Logitech G810
    Mouse
    Logitech G903 with PowerPlay charger
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    500Mb/sec
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    Microsoft Edge

hsehestedt

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Just to add a little bit more detail, think of it like this:

A Windows 10 license equals a Windows 11 license.
A Windows 11 license equals a Windows 10 license.

Microsoft makes no distinction between the two. Any license for either Win 10 or Win 11 can be used to install the other OS (assuming system specs are met and that the "other" OS will physically run on your system).

Of course, this applies to the same edition only. For example, a Win 10 Home license can be used to install Win 11 Home edition, etc.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
    CPU
    Intel i7-7500U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Built-in Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4k 15-inch
    Screen Resolution
    4k (3840 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    RAM Upgraded from 16GB to 32GB WiFi Upgraded from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6 SSD upgraded from 512GB NVMe SSD to 1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD

SlicEnDicE

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Based on your story, you transferred your Windows 10 Pro license to the new computer. This means that if you want to do things right, you have to transfer it back to the old computer or buy a new license for it. You can not use one license on 2 computers (well..you can but may run into legal trouble). You need 2 distinct keys.

If your new computer came with Windows 10/11 Home, you can use that key on it instead of the Pro key, but keep in mind that you will have to reinstall your computer with Home since it is not possible to downgrade an edition (only upgrade is possible as far as I'm aware).

If your new computer did not come with any Windows at all, then either buy a new key for your old computer or go the free route and install Linux on it and leave the new computer as is.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro build 10.0.25206.1000 (Dev Channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU Vega 10
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
    Screen Resolution
    FHD + FHD + 1440p
    Hard Drives
    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
    PSU
    65W
    Keyboard
    Thinkpad
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Chromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WSA: Installed
    SecureBoot: Enabled
    TPM2.0: Enabled
    AMD-V: Enabled
    VBS: Enabled
    HVCI: Enabled
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus PRIME Z270-A
    Memory
    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
    Screen Resolution
    WQHD 2560x1440
    PSU
    850W
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Keyboard
    Logitech G710+
    Internet Speed
    600/300Mbit
    Browser
    Edge (Cromium)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    AC WiFi Card

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Should've just left both machines alone! Probably both freely upgradable!
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook

timlab55

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I guess I'll just purchase a new window key. No bigie.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-11900K
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI (LGA1200)
    Memory
    32.0GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 750 (ASUStek Computer Inc) 8176MB ATI Radeon RX 5500 XT (ASUStek Computer Inc)
    Sound Card
    N/A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VE278 (1920x1080@60Hz) VX3418-2KPC (2560x1080@60Hz) LEN C27-20 (1920x1080@75Hz)
    Hard Drives
    931GB SanDisk SSD PLUS 1000GB (SATA (SSD)) 34 °C
    476GB SanDisk SDSSDH3512G (SATA (SSD)) 29 °C
    3726GB Western Digital WDC WD4003FFBX-68MU3N0 (SATA ) 35 °C
    931GB Samsung SSD 980 PRO 1TB (Unknown (SSD))
    29GB Samsung Flash Drive FIT USB Device (USB )
    PSU
    Corsair 850W

Berton

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Because none of my dozen machines can properly run Win11 and I have had to support clients that got Win11 I got a new Notebook in Oct. and a new Desktop in April, both came with Win10 Pro and the description said it included a free license for Win11 Pro. After setup and all the updates of Win10 then I was offered Win11 on them.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    21"
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
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