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Can my Windows 8 Pro System Builder be installed on multiple computers

  1. #11


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7, Windows 8


    Hi Area 66,

    Yeah that is the same URL that I purchased Win8 Pro from Amazon as well. But within the packaging it indicates that Windows 8 may not be used to license more than 5......

    Please see attached.

    Thank you
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  2. #12


    The Oem, personal use license is not intended to be purchased and installed by the end user to support machines in a business environment. You can however install a dozen copies at home of you wish to do so for all of your personal use.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7, Windows 8


    "You can however install a dozen copies at home of you wish to do so for all of your personal use."

    Appreciate your patience and just want to make sure I understood correctly. Per my license I can install Windows 8 Pro using the same license on multiple PCs?" Or did I read this incorrectly?
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  4. #14


    You read it wrong. It is one license power computer, just as it always has been. If you want a dozen copies at home, you have to buy a dozen licenses.

    You can also buy 5 copies for commercial use, but any more than this and you have to move to volume licenses or buy your systems via an authorized oem vendor.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 12
    Windows 7, Windows 8


    Okey Dokey.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 38
    Windows7, 8 pretty soon


    I surprised that it says customer support is not offered for this product.
    Only time when a OEM will need MS's support to get it activated after some changes and i'll be batsh*t pissed if they don't offer that support.
    MS does a good job of contradicting themselves as always.

    --edit--
    More on the "not more than five copies" from MS
    If you are using the software as an operating system for commercial use, you may not license more than five copies of the software for such commercial use in total (and each copy of the software must be separately licensed).
    Last edited by roofrider; 01 Nov 2012 at 02:11.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Software activation is not support
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  8. #18


    Posts : 38
    Windows7, 8 pretty soon


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Software activation is not support
    Yup i gathered that after i posted it.
    What do they mean by support exactly?
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  9. #19


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Part of support is when you need help, activation is not a request for help, the OEM is supposed to be sold with a complete new system, so it's to the manufacturer to give the support according to the Microsoft License, but the Activation is the responsibility of Microsoft, so Microsoft take care of it and help people to activate it.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 38
    Windows7, 8 pretty soon


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    ...the OEM is supposed to be sold with a complete new system, so it's to the manufacturer to give the support according to the Microsoft License...
    So i'm the oem and i support myself, lol.
    Correct, except that there are always forums and fellow pc hobbyists to assist.
    Anyway things are a bit different with PUL.
    I still don't get what the retail upgrade users will want support with? Something which is not offered to System Builder users.
    I'm just curious not that i want it.
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