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I have a doubt about Windows To Go

  1. #1


    Madrid, Spain
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    Windows 8.1 x64

    I have a doubt about Windows To Go


    I have a doubt about Windows To Go.

    I updated to W8 Pro from Release Preview and paid only 30€.

    So, I read that this update is only valid for this specific laptop and I can't install it anywhere else.

    However, with Windows To Go, I could use it anywhere, in any other computer. Even permanently if I leave the USB always in.

    So I don't understand this policy and wanted to ask if there is something I am not aware of.

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Kmint,

    You can reinstall and activate your Windows 8 upgrade on any computer so long as it's not activated on any other computer at the same time for it to be a legal installation. This includes dual boots as well. One product key (license) = only one activated installation.

    Windows To Go treats the USB key as a PC, so that's why you are able to use it on any computer since the Windows To Go workspace USB key is still only one installation no matter what computer it's connected to.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Brink, suppose I had to transfer license from one computer to another. Is there any way to deactivate it on the first computer ?
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  4. #4


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    Hello Bagavan

    If you delete/format the installation on the first computer, then there's no need to deactivate/remove the product key since deleting/formatting it would take care of that.

    If you wanted to keep Windows installed on the first computer to not lose anything, and just wanted to remove the product key to say use another one later, then you could use the tutorials below to do so.

    Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows - Windows 7 Forums

    and/or

    Product Key Number - Change - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps.
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  5. #5


    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    One more question.. Following the above tutorial deactivates windows.. I agree this fact.. But how will MS know it is the key being used by same user but on a different computer..How will MS server come to know that the key has been deactivates. why wont they block the key?? Why wont it display the key is already being used on a different machine?
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  6. #6


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    Windows activation will check in with Microsoft's activation servers to see how many times and where the product key has been activated before. If it shows that the product key has been used to activate more than one computer recently, then you will get a failed activation and would have to do a phone activation after making sure no other computer is activated with the same product key first.
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  7. #7


    bangalore
    Posts : 634
    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Windows activation will check in with Microsoft's activation servers to see how many times and where the product key has been activated before. If it shows that the product key has been used to activate more than one computer recently, then you will get a failed activation and would have to do a phone activation after making sure no other computer is activated with the same product key first.

    Therefore reactivation is possible any number of times on the same computer via online activation rite.
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  8. #8


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    As long as it's only one activated installation on that same computer, and not multiple activated multi-boots or VMs on it.
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  9. #9


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 228
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Kmint,

    You can reinstall and activate your Windows 8 upgrade on any computer so long as it's not activated on any other computer at the same time for it to be a legal installation. This includes dual boots as well. One product key (license) = only one activated installation.

    Windows To Go treats the USB key as a PC, so that's why you are able to use it on any computer since the Windows To Go workspace USB key is still only one installation no matter what computer it's connected to.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks Brink. I understand now.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome kmint.
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