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    Swapping 7 for 8


    I'm upgrading from Windows 7 Pro to 8 Pro. Question is: After I do the upgrade can I then take the Windows Pro 7 and install it on a second computer running XP? Seems logical but....

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    If it's an OEM key to a retail PC...then NO. If the key is a retail key, box purchase...then yes.

    Example...a PC bought from a local retail store and say an HP brand.....the OS is considered OEM and is permanently tied to that PC and ca't be transferred. If you bought the OS from from a retail store or computer store, it's considered a retail key and can be installed and uninstalled and reinstalled on a different PC.
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    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

    NO, You would have NO original software.
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    But you are permitted to upgrade from XP to Windows 8 pro upgrade. The order in which you upgrade affects the legitimacy of your actions. Crazy.

    Therefore it would be OK if the retail Windows 7 is removed from PC1 and installed in place of XP on PC2, and you then do a clean Windows 8 install on PC1 (where you could have installed the ex PC2 XP in the meantime, unless it had been OEM on PC2, making it non-transferable), your original software that you have sacrificed would have been XP. Once you have installed Windows 8, it can be transferred to a PC you own.

    The maths is 2 eligible Windows installations, one of them upgraded > resulting in 2 Windows installations.
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    The way I understand it is the only edition that is able to be installed on another machine is the System Builders edition. Once one installs any other edition it is tied to that machine.

    However, one can sell the machine and the license is transferred to the new owner.
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Retail/upgrade EULA Windows 8 EULA

    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you...
    ...Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer...
    The retail/upgrade Windows 8 is not tied, only the OEM version as supplied with a new PC is tied.
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    If you're happy to wait a few weeks, you can see if there are any discount offers around the launch of Windows 8.1.

    The licence for Windows 8.1 will be a full licence which doesn't "use up" the licence of a previous Windows version.

    More info in this Microsoft blog post.
    Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1

    The initial pricing looks high, but there is a teaser statement at the end:
    More to come on Windows 8.1 including new devices and retail offers as we near October 18th!
    Depending on how generous those offers are, it may be worth going down that route.
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    But the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    But the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is free.
    True, but if the OP hasn't bought the 8.0 Upgrade yet, it may be as cheap just to buy 8.1, depending on what discounts are available, and then they would have more flexibility within the licensing terms.
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    True - the OP does not state if Windows 8 has been purchased, yet.

    No retailer will want to get stuck with Windows 8 licenses though - unless 8.1 turns out to be even less popular
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