What type of license is Windows 10 OEM, retail or volume?
To find out if your license is Windows 10 OEM, Retail or Volume, follow these steps:
- Open Start.
- Find the command line, right-click on the main result and select the “Run as administrator” option.
- Write the command to determine the license type and press Enter:
- slmgr / dli
- Tip: You can also use the same command syntax in PowerShell.
- Confirm the license type using the information available in the Windows Script Host dialog.
After completing these steps, you will find out the type of product key you use in Windows 10, which will also determine if you can transfer the license to another computer.
Microsoft offers Windows 10 licenses on many channels subject to various rules, but for most users, a license can only be purchased through the OEM (OEM) channel.
OEM License means the license that the manufacturer installs on new devices. In this case, the product key is not transferable and cannot be used to activate another installation. (If you don’t activate a new installation on the same computer.)
A retail license is a license that you purchase when you purchase a copy of Windows 10 in a local store or online store (for example, Microsoft or Amazon). If you buy Windows 10 license key, you can transfer the product key to another computer if you deactivate the old device.
The business license is for large companies, education and government. Typically, a business license allows organizations to use a primary product key to activate any installation of Windows 10. Although this license can be used multiple times on different computers, it cannot be transferred to a device when the system changes ownership and cannot you can activate devices, which are not part of the organization.
If you are thinking of reusing the same product key on another computer or are just wondering what type of license is installed on your device, you can use the Windows Server Script Manager command line tool (slmgr) to find out.
In this Windows 10 manual, we describe in detail the steps necessary to find out if your device has an OEM, Retail or Volume license.