Moving Windows 8 to another PC?

I want to move windows 8 to another PC. It is preventing me from doing this.
How would I go about this?
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  1. If Windows 8 is OEM the simple answer no you can't it is tied to the Computer it was pre-installed on. If you have Windows 8 full version then you can install it on another computer as long as it is only running on one.
  2. not entirely sure if its OEM, not really sure where to find out. Got the OS from dreamspark (for students). How do I find that out?

    It says on install, "Compatibility report: The computer started using the windows installation media. Remove the installation media and restart your computer so that Windows starts normally..."
  3. Did you take the win 8 cd out of the drive between boots?
  4. If u bought a oem pc (ie dell) you can't transfer it. If you built it and bought system builder or full license then you can:

    Also did you format the hdd before trying to install? That may be confusing the installer.
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    If Windows 8 is OEM the simple answer no you can't it is tied to the Computer it was pre-installed on < Wrong , Windows 8 OEM can be transferred,but only 1 computer at a time.

    OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

    - OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

    - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

    - OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

    - OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system ^

    OEM vs. Retail

    OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

    The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

    Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

    Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

    OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

    Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

    As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).

    Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

    License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
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