How to Determine if Windows 10 License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

How to Determine if Windows 10 License Type is OEM, Retail, or Volume

When it comes to purchasing licenses for Windows there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. The most common license types are Retail (FPP (Full Packaged Product)), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), and Volume Licensing. Each Windows license type confers rights and imposes restrictions based on the Microsoft Software License Terms.

Here’s How:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Type the command below into the command prompt, slmgr /dli , and press Enter.
  3. After a short moment, a Windows Script Host dialog will open to show you what license type your Windows is using.

Retail key

This when you buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), commonly known as a “boxed copy”, of Windows from a retail merchant or purchases Windows online from the Microsoft Store. Product keys can be transferred to another PC.

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OEM key

Product keys are issued by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and are not-for-resale and may not be transferred to another computer. They may, however, be transferred with the computer if the computer is transferred to new ownership. If the OEM PC came preinstalled with Windows 8 or Windows 10, then the product key will be embedded in the UEFI firmware chip.

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Volume key

KMS Client and Volume MAK product keys are volume license keys that are not-for-resale. They are issued by organizations for use on client computers associated in some way with the organization. Volume license keys may not be transferred with the computer if the computer changes ownership. This form of licensing typically applies for business, government and educational institutions, with prices for volume licensing varying depending on the type, quantity, and applicable subscription-term. A volume license key (VLK) denotes the product key used when installing software licensed in bulk, which allows a single product key to be used for multiple installations. For example, the Windows Enterprise edition is activated with a volume license key.

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Digital license (previously called Digital entitlement in Windows 10 Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 that doesn’t require you to enter a product key when re-installing Windows 10.

How do I use my Digital license when reinstalling Windows 10: During the reinstall process just select the “I’m reinstalling Windows 10 on this PC” option located in the bottom left of the window where it ask you to enter a Product Key.

How you got Windows 10 Activation method
You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.Digital license
You bought genuine Windows 10 from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10.Digital license
You bought a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Windows Store and successfully activated Windows 10.Digital license
You’re a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated previous version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.Digital license
You bought a copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer.Product key(On a label inside the Windows 10 box. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.)
You bought a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer.Product key(In the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailer’s website. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.) 
You have a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows 10 or MSDN subscription.Product key(Available through the web portal for your program.)
You bought a new device running Windows 10.Product key(Pre–installed on your device, included with the device packaging, or included as a card or on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached to the device.)

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