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Can Win8 Be Installed More Than Once?

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    Can Win8 Be Installed More Than Once?

    I have Win 8 Pro Upgrade which I installed over a Win 7 installation in VirtualBox. Now I would like to delete this installation and install my Win8 Pro on another VirtualBox VM. Will it install and activate on the new VM?

    I also have ordered a System Builder version of Win 8. Will I be able to install it on more than one PC? Say I install it on PC1 then decide to return to Win7 on PC1. Will I be able to install and activate my Win8 on PC2?

    Thanks for any advice, Jim

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64

    I will let our legal adviser ( Brink) answer this one ,

    on the VM thing, I don't understand why you want uninstall it and re install in another VM, you can not simply move the VM ?
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    Windows 8 Pro

    I believe you can I reinstalled Windows 8 without a problem before so I think you should be able to.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    He's talking about a different vm - a different pc.

    System builder is fine to move - only on pc at a time.

    Upgrade is retail so you should be able to move it too.

    No idea if it will activate easily or you may need to call MS - try it and see.
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  5. #5

    I started a new thread because of no response here. See "Multiple Installation and Activation" in "Installation and Setup". Bottom line is that for different hardware, you will need to call MS.

    Thanks, Jim
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