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[Q] WIndows 8 licensing: can I install on more than one PC?

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By bobbyelliott, Senior Member on 31st October 2012, 11:18 AM
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I have been using Windows 8 for several months (preview versions) and recently downloaded the official RTM. I paid £24.99 for this, which I think is good value for money. I also think Windows 8 is an excellent OS. The best one yet from Microsoft.

My question is: how many PCs can I install WIndows 8 on using this single license? Is it only one? Do I have to pay £24.99 for each PC/laptop that I want to run it on?

The Windows 8 install files are on my PC (stored in a folder), can I copy these files to a memory stick and install Windows 8 on other devices that I own? I own several (desktop PC and three laptops).

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31st October 2012, 12:25 PM |#2  
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I have been using Windows 8 for several months (preview versions) and recently downloaded the official RTM. I paid £24.99 for this, which I think is good value for money. I also think Windows 8 is an excellent OS. The best one yet from Microsoft.

My question is: how many PCs can I install WIndows 8 on using this single license? Is it only one? Do I have to pay £24.99 for each PC/laptop that I want to run it on?

The Windows 8 install files are on my PC (stored in a folder), can I copy these files to a memory stick and install Windows 8 on other devices that I own? I own several (desktop PC and three laptops).

Thanks in advance of your responses.

You can use only one key for a pc. But you can use the same DVD for installation to other PC, just make sure that you use a different product key.

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31st October 2012, 04:11 PM |#3  
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You can use only one key for a pc.

I thought that that would be the case. Do you need a product key to install it or can you install without one and activate it within 30 days? And can it be extended for up to 120 days like Windows 7?
31st October 2012, 04:46 PM |#4  
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On the same lines - what if I want to swap PCs? i.e. my old PC doesn't have good enough resolution but my brother's PC does have require resolution for metro apps and snapping. Can I uninstall and go back to Windows 7 on mine and let him use my key on his PC?
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For what it is worth, I was told be Microsoft rep, that I can use the key up to 4 times, and then it does not work anymore. You might call and just ask.
1st November 2012, 05:02 AM |#6  
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According to the Microsoft site:
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* Offer valid from October 26, 2012 until January 31, 2013 and is limited to five upgrade licenses per customer. To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

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The promotional price is limited to one upgrade per PC and a maximum limit of five upgrade licenses per customer.

Now, does this mean that a customer can only buy 5 upgrades in their lifetime, or is each upgrade worth 5 licences?
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Now, does this mean that a customer can only buy 5 upgrades in their lifetime, or is each upgrade worth 5 licences?

I would assume that means you can only buy 5 upgrade-licences for the discounted price. Each license gives you right to one upgrade.
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You can move the license to a new PC. Just call MS up if you have trouble. This has been the case for previous versions of Windows as well.
1 license on 1 pc at any time but movable.
2nd November 2012, 09:04 PM |#9  
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I thought that that would be the case. Do you need a product key to install it or can you install without one and activate it within 30 days? And can it be extended for up to 120 days like Windows 7?

Unfortunately they've changed that. Now you must supply a product key to be able to install. No more 30 day trials before you supply your product key or re-arming it.

They do have a 90 day trial version of Windows 8 enterprise, but it will expire after 90 days and can't be upgraded to a fully working versions, so you will have to reinstall a clean Windows version again after the 90 days pass...
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That's a pity since many people have multiple machines now and the $40 (£25) would quickly mount up.
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