choosing a new PC

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My laptop operates on Windows 7 so I have to upgrade at the end of 2019. Rather than change the OS on my current (8 year old) machine I will probably buy a new one. The questions are two-fold: 1. Am I better off buying a new Windows 10 based PC/laptop or should I go for the Mac Mini and 2. Can I download my Elements 14 free of charge onto the new machine?
I use Elements 14 regularly and it is key to my choice.
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Bob Rodwell

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Donald Dobson

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Before trying to install PE 14 on a new machine you must deactivate it on the old one. Perhaps you could continue using the Win7 machine and forgo the internet access from that if it meets other requirements. Internet access could be via a tablet.
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Thanks Donald. The laptop is still working well and your suggestion is a viable option. I'll give it some thought.
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Downloading the PSE14 installer is free of charge if you have bought it as a download directly from Adobe. Check your Adobe account. Select the 'Plans' option of the top menu line, then on the left click on 'Orders history'. Then you can find both the download link and the license key.
If you have bought as a box or from a big reseller, you'll have to call or open a chat with 'Customer Care' with all necessary proofs of purchase.
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I would suggest you clone your hard drive to an SSD, then install it and boot it. Then put away your hard drive as backup. Next upgrade Win 7 to Windows 10 for free using their upgrade tool. Easy that way. Just leave every thing the same. Cheers.
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A little word of caution when cloning like this. A common situation recently is to clone the system drive to a small SSD. Then, users are tempted to reuse the original drive as a secondary internal or external (via an external USB case) drive.
The risk is that if you have a catalog pointing to media files on both the SSD and the original drive, both drives have the same internal drive number in Windows, and the catalog is fooled and does not find files. Simple advice: be sure not to use the original drive as another location for your media. No problem in using it for your backup folders made from the organizer. 

Also, if you want to use a relatively small SSD and you have a big library, you should absolutely create a full backup from the catalog manager to an external drive. Before considering cloning or installing the operating system and softwares in the SSD, use the recommended backup and restore function to move the media files and catalog to the final drive. It can be an internal or external drive. When you have restored, you can test both the original config and the catalog with the final drive. Plus you still have a full backup. When you have cloned or installed your SSD with OS and softwares, you have nothing to do. Simply open your catalog on the new drive. You don't even need to do a backup. Your previous backup is up to date and the original drive is also available.