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Installing Windows 8 developer 64 bit on 3 home PC's

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    Installing Windows 8 developer 64 bit on 3 home PC's


    TI was advised to purchase the Developer disk for my install so i could install on all 3 of my home pc's.
    However, the Disk only has one product key. The 2 others Pc's will not activate saying the product key is in use by another PC??/

    Please advise?

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    There is NO Windows 8 Developer x64 DVD.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Stiofan View Post
    TI was advised to purchase the Developer disk for my install so i could install on all 3 of my home pc's.
    However, the Disk only has one product key. The 2 others Pc's will not activate saying the product key is in use by another PC??/

    Please advise?
    Maybe you were advised to use system builder software. I'm not too familiar with licenses for use on multiple computers, but this excerpt (from here) seems to imply that system builder can be used on up to 5 computers with proper licensing:

    "System Builder product may not be used:
    • As an upgrade license for an existing underlying Windows operating system.
    • To legalize a non-genuine Windows operating system.
    • To license more than five copies of the software (in total) for commercial use."


    I leave it to you to take it from here. I assume, however, that you are not a commercial user--from what you say about home PC's.
    Last edited by znod; 29 Mar 2013 at 11:23.
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    Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64 Bit is the disc that I purchased.
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    I was told I could use it on up to 5 pc's. However i have only 3.
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    I build my own computers
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    As said, you will need to follow up on what I said (unless someone has readily available answers). You can always contact MS for answers related to your problem. See this link for what Newegg says about system builder (not that Newegg is particularly good at getting things right). Good place to buy though.
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    Yeah I use Newegg and Tiger Direct both are very good suppliers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiofan View Post
    I was told I could use it on up to 5 pc's. However i have only 3.
    You are allowed up to 5 installs, when you buy 5 separate keys in a commercial environment with that software. You aren't allowed to install it onto 5 computers with a single key. I think you were not well informed when you purchased the software.
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    I am painfully aware of that now. Thank You for the answer.
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