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License confustion in a VM

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    License confustion in a VM


    I want to run Win 8 Pro in a VMWARE WORKSTATION 9 vm so when ms comes out with new os'es and or I get a new pc with one I can just move/convert the vm and keep running it as is without reactivation if possible or at least be able to always reactivate it.

    I understand there are OEM and Upgrade versions, but I can find no full retail version anywhere like I did with win 7 that allows me to MOVE, not copy, the os to a new machine. Can anybody tell me which, or if, there is a version that will let me do what I want to do? Note I currently have an unactivated version of win 7 premium.

    If I can do so any helpful hints how are also most welcome.

    Thanks

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    The OEM really is the equivalent now of the full license. It can be moved to another computer.
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    You can download the License Term Agreement for any version of Windws you like here:

    License Terms

    Make sure you select the product as windows, then select a version. good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    The OEM really is the equivalent now of the full license. It can be moved to another computer.
    I'm not sure I can agree with the above statement. Do you have a written reference you could point me to? Now, if true, I'll never have to buy a full retail license again. Thanks in advance for your response.
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    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


    If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    The OEM really is the equivalent now of the full license. It can be moved to another computer.
    I'm not sure I can agree with the above statement. Do you have a written reference you could point me to? Now, if true, I'll never have to buy a full retail license again. Thanks in advance for your response.


    It's all clearly explained in this link, as well as the ability to transfer it to another computer.
    Personal Use License
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    The OEM really is the equivalent now of the full license. It can be moved to another computer.
    I'm not sure I can agree with the above statement. Do you have a written reference you could point me to? Now, if true, I'll never have to buy a full retail license again. Thanks in advance for your response.


    It's all clearly explained in this link, as well as the ability to transfer it to another computer.
    Personal Use License
    Well, I asked... and you showed! I was unaware that MS added the Personal Use License (as an additional clause) to the OEM System Builder License in August 2012. BTW, the links on the page you directed me to were broken so I found a direct link to the Personal Use License here: http://personaluselicense.windows.co...S/default.aspx Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post

    I'm not sure I can agree with the above statement. Do you have a written reference you could point me to? Now, if true, I'll never have to buy a full retail license again. Thanks in advance for your response.


    It's all clearly explained in this link, as well as the ability to transfer it to another computer.
    Personal Use License
    Well, I asked... and you showed! I was unaware that MS added the Personal Use License (as an additional clause) to the OEM System Builder License in August 2012. BTW, the links on the page you directed me to were broken so I found a direct link to the Personal Use License here: http://personaluselicense.windows.co...S/default.aspx Thank you.
    Update: I went back and read that Personal Use License again and I noticed there was information that needed to be submitted (to MS) to accept the license terms (see below agreement for submit button) so I'm just wondering if one needs to submit that additional information to formalize the activation of the Personal Use clause?
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    Link works here.

    Personal Use Licence

    Quote Originally Posted by Micosoft
    Personal Use Licence Page Overview

    If you are building a computer for your personal use or installing an additional operating system in a virtual machine, you can now purchase OEM System Builder software using the Personal Use Licence.
    Page ContentHow the Personal Use Licence works
    Use of OEM System Builder software for Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro is subject to the following licensing terms:

    System Builder product may be used:

    •As the operating system on a computer that you build for personal use.
    •As an operating system running either on a local virtual machine or as an additional operating system in a separate partition.

    System Builder product may not be used:
    •As an upgrade licence for an existing underlying Windows operating system.
    •To legalise a non-genuine Windows operating system.
    •To licence more than five copies of the software (in total) for commercial use.
    In order to use OEM System Builder software for personal use, you will need to read and accept the terms in the Personal Use Licence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Link works here.

    Personal Use Licence
    Yes, that link works. Thank you. I also found an interesting discussion here:

    licensing - Does a full, retail license of Windows 8 exist? (Not OEM, not upgrade) - Super User
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