Windows 10 Professional

includes a 1-PC non-transferable license

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30 September 2021
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Windows 10 Professional OEM is intended for installation on a new or clean PC only, but you can upgrade from an older Windows to 10 Professional. Ping us for advice on Live Chat or email.

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Are you in the market for a new copy of Windows 10? Perhaps you’re building a new PC from scratch or looking to move up from an older version of Windows. Maybe you’re looking to run a version of Windows alongside macOS or Linux? Whatever your reasons, a Windows 10 Professional 1-PC non-transferable license is a great choice.

The good news is an OEM license is cheaper than full retail versions – while they’re tied to a single PC and non-transferrable, they’re a great fit for many. Read on to discover why you should consider Windows 10 OEM and how to get a great deal on both Windows 10 Home OEM and Windows 10 Professional OEM.

Think Windows 10 Professional OEM and you’re probably assuming it’s an option for new system builders only. OEM licenses can be used on one machine – once installed and activated, they’re tied to that device, but otherwise work in exactly the same way as a full Windows 10 license: unlimited Windows reinstalls and access to all future Windows 10 updates, including the recent Spring 2021 Update.

In fact, Windows 10 OEM is perfect for any kind of fresh install you can think of. It’s the obvious choice for those building a new PC from scratch – the lower price means you save money on the cost of your build, which could be reinvested in more powerful hardware – but you may also need a fresh OEM license if you’ve upgraded your motherboard with a different model.

OEM is also a good choice if you’re looking to upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or even 7. XP and Vista users can’t simply upgrade their install to Windows 10 anyway, and while the option exists in Windows 7, it’s not recommended for compatibility and performance reasons. Take advantage of the update to install a fresh, pristine copy of Windows 10.

An OEM license also fits the bill should you want to run Windows alongside another operating system – either in a dual-boot configuration (such as a Boot Camp configuration on the Mac) or in a virtual environment such as VirtualBox, Parallels Desktop or VMware. In either event, it’s a more cost-effective choice than splashing out on a full retail license.

Windows 10 Professional includes features of Windows 10 Home, plus important business functionality for encryption, remote log-in, creating virtual machines, and more. Get fast start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done, plus innovative features like an all-new browser built for online action and Cortana, the more personal digital assistant.

If you already own Windows 10 Home, you can upgrade to Professional and benefit from the additional features such as BitLocker which offers system-wide data protection by encrypting your drives, including USB keys, protecting your work from third-party unauthorized access. Assigned Access which gives greater control over what users are able to do on a system, whilst Hyper-V allows you to run virtualized operating system within Windows without the need for extra software, such as an insider build of Windows 10, a Linux distribution and even older editions of Windows.

Please ask for further information if you have any questions about your setup, such as how to ugprade from an old Windows (XP, Vista) to Windows 10 or what do you need to get Windows 10 on your Mac. 

Review by Nick Peers.

Special Information

OEM software is not supported by Microsoft. You cannot obtain post-sale support from Microsoft for OEM software.

Windows 10 Professional OEM is intended for installation on a new or clean PC only.

Performance Issues?

Most system performance issues are often a result of other software clashing with your brand new software. For instance, security software can clash with a background process, such as a system maintenance tool or defragmentation software. Another cause of system slowdown, is a result of two software applications performing a similar task. As an example, Windows includes a firewall switched on as a default. Your new security suite is likely to include a firewall. You only need one firewall running. In this example, try turning off your system firewall.

Uninstalling Your New Software

Occasionally you may need to either temporarily or permanently remove your new software.

On a Windows computer, go to the Control Panel and choose Programs and Features. Locate the program within the list, then click it to highlight it. Finally, click the Uninstall button at the top of the list and follow the instructions to remove the program from your PC.

On an Apple Mac computer, using Finder, locate the Applications folder. Within the Applications folder, find the name of the application you wish to remove. Simply drag the icon to your Trash icon in your dock. Empty the Trash to remove the files from your computer.

Still Having Problems?

If you cannot solve your system performance issues or are struggling to remove your software, we advise contacting the software manufacturer. If you placed an order, see the section in the order which states Support options. Alternatively, go to the Contact Us page to contact store support directly.

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