Do you have an OEM or Retail version of Windows 10? Here's how to find out.

Microsoft offers Windows 10 licenses on many channels governed by different rules, but for most users, you can only purchase a license through the Retail or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) channel.

An OEM license refers to the license that a manufacturer installs on new devices. If this is the case, the product key is not transferable and you cannot use it to activate another installation. (Unless you are reactivating a new installation on the same computer).

A license Retail refers to the license you purchase when you buy a copy of Windows 10 at your local store or online retail (such as Microsoft or Amazon). If you have a commercial Windows 10 license, you can transfer the product key to another computer, provided you deactivate the previous device.

A license Volume is designed for a large company, education and government scenario. Generally, a volume license allows organizations to use a product master key to activate any Windows 10 installation. Although you can use this license several times on different computers, you cannot transfer it with the device when the system changes ownership and You cannot activate devices that are not part of the organization.

If you are thinking of reusing the same product key on another computer, or just wondering what type of license is installed on your device, you can use the Windows Server License Manager (slmgr) Script command tool to find out.

In this Windows 10 guide, we detail the steps necessary to find out if the license installed on your device is OEM, Retail or Volume. [19659007] How to verify the type of product key installed in Windows 10

To find out if your Windows 10 license is OEM, Retail or Volume, follow these steps:

  1. Open Start .
  2. Search for Command Prompt right-click the top result and select the option Run as administrator .
  3. Enter the following command to determine the type of license and press Enter :

    slmgr / dli

    do you have an oem or retail version of windows 10 heres how to find out

    Quick tip: You can also use the same command syntax in PowerShell.

  4. Confirm the type of license with the information available in the Windows Script Host dialog box.

Once you complete these steps, you will know the type of product key you are using in Windows 10, which will also determine if you can transfer the license to another computer.

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