Which Type of Windows License I have, Retail or OEM

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Now you have a fresh Windows 10 installed and activated but do you know which type of Windows 10 license you just got licensed and activated? There are three types of them mostly used these days, OEM, Retail, or Volume. Each serves a purpose and one can’t be messed with the other.

The OEM license is the cheapest among all three. It’s bundled up with PC from manufacturer to offer pre-installed Windows 10. It’s not transferable. Once the computer is done for its service, the license will be gone with it.

The Retail license is the one you purchase from a retail store or an online store. It’s not assigned or tied to only one PC and can be transferred from one PC to another.

The Volume license is mostly used in government or large corporate organization. They can be cheaper because they can be purchased in large quantity.

So now let’s see how we can use a Windows built-in command to reveal what type of license you’ve installed.

slmgr is a Windows software licensing management tool that we can use to not only reveal license information but install and activate license as well.

Open a Command Prompt window and run the following:

slmgr /dli

A dialog box pops up with license type information and activation status included.

image 13 - Which Type of Windows License I have, Retail or OEM
Retail license installed
image 14 - Which Type of Windows License I have, Retail or OEM
OEM license installed

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