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Can I give my copy of W8 to someone else?

  1. #1


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    Can I give my copy of W8 to someone else?


    I bought 8 on the $40 deal, burned it to dvd. I don't use it anymore at all. I have gone to Linux 100% now. My friend wants it to go along with his new surface pro, but doesn't want to dish out another $200. My question is, can I give him my copy legaly to have?

    Thanks

    Geeve

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    If it is an OEM version and you've already installed it, then no you can't.

    If it's a full retail upgrade that you purchased and never used, then I don't see why someone else can't use it.

    Now I could be wrong there so wait until some others have contributed their thoughts.
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  3. #3


    The $40 deal was an upgrade, and is the retail version of the software. I don't see any reason you cannot sell it to him. If you've already installed it once, when he installs it he will likely have to call MS to activate, but that shouldn't be any issue.
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  4. #4


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    Great thanks! I will hold tight for others as well. It was the $40 pro upgrade downloaded from MS. I did install it but have since removed it. I just wasn't sure if it was tied to my e-mail that I bought it with or not. Calling MS is not a big deal for activation, It's mostly automated now anyway.

    Thanks

    Geeve
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    Well good luck. The worst that can happen is you have to give the buyer his money back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geeve420 View Post
    I bought 8 on the $40 deal, burned it to dvd. I don't use it anymore at all. I have gone to Linux 100% now. My friend wants it to go along with his new surface pro, but doesn't want to dish out another $200. My question is, can I give him my copy legaly to have?

    Thanks

    Geeve
    MS surface pro has Windows 8 Pro Pre-installed.
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  7. #7


    I'm guessing he meant that since his Surface Pro has Windows 8 Pro, he wants his laptop or desktop to have the same thing for consistency.
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    Yes pparks, you are correct. I just chatted with MS customer service. Here is the answer from the "Horses Mouth". It would seem that transfers are just fine:

    Please wait for an agent to respond. You are currently '1' in the queue.
    Privacy Statement
    You are now chatting with 'Calvin'.
    Calvin: Welcome to Microsoft Customer Service Chat, Greg. Kindly give me a moment to review your question. Is that okay?
    Greg Isaacs: no problem, Thanks
    Calvin: You are welcome.
    Calvin: Thank you for waiting.
    Calvin: May I know the specific Microsoft product you are referring to? Example: Windows Vista Home Premium, Office Home and Student 2007, etc.
    Greg Isaacs: It is Windows 8 Pro upgrade. I bought it from your web site when it was $40
    Calvin: Okay.
    Calvin: I understand your concern.
    Calvin: I will be more than happy to help you in this regard.
    Calvin: May I have the 25-digit product key of your Windows?
    Greg Isaacs: sure, please give a minute to pull up the email....
    Calvin: Sure.
    Greg Isaacs: <deleted for Privacy>
    Calvin: Thank you for the information. Kindly give me a moment while I validate the product key for you.
    Greg Isaacs: no problem
    Calvin: Thank you for patiently waiting.
    Greg Isaacs: no worries
    Calvin: I am glad to inform you that the product key is valid one. You can transfer the licenses onto another computer.
    Calvin: Do you have the disk or the download link for your Windows 8?
    Greg Isaacs: I did burn a disk, and I still have the e-mail with the download link as well. Will my friend need to call to activate with you? Not a big deal, I just like to be prepared
    Calvin: Good to know that.
    Calvin: For help with the activation, please get back to us on the chat session.
    Calvin: I am glad that I was able to help you on this. Have I answered all your concerns for today?
    Greg Isaacs: sounds good! Thank you so much, you have been very helpful! Have a great day!
    Calvin: Thank you.
    Calvin: You are welcome.
    Calvin: Microsoft values your feedback about the quality of service that you received today. We will be sending you an email survey and I would like to request you to share your opinion. Our goal is to continuously improve and provide great customer service to you.
    Calvin: Thank you for using Microsoft Customer Service Chat. Please feel free to come back again. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
    Chat session has been terminated by the agent.

    Hope this helps someone else down the road as well. It's good knowlage to have Thank you all for helping as well!

    Geeve
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    That is interesting.

    I have just installed Linux Mint. My first impressions are very good. I am a complete Linux noob.

    What are you using?

    Main Page - Linux Mint

    Quote Originally Posted by geeve420 View Post
    I have gone to Linux 100% now.

    Geeve
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  10. #10


    Personally, i use Linux mint for desktops and I use CentOS 6.x for Servers.
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