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Windows 8 License Transfer to Mac Mini

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 License Transfer to Mac Mini


    Hi,
    I was wondering if there is a way to transfer a 32-bit Windows 8 Pro Upgrade license to a bootcamp partition in a 2012 Mac Mini without having to buy a new one. I bought Windows 8 for my laptop and the laptop will no longer be used. So is there a way I could maybe deactivate the license on my laptop, and reuse the same license on the Mac Mini?
    Thanks ahead of time for the info.

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Um, no. The short, direct answer.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
    Dwarf, I was thinking you can't do that with an upgrade. I may be wrong. Have been once or twice in my life.
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    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    I hope I can do it in an upgrade. That was my biggest concern. If I had a product builder key, it'd be a piece of cake. That's not the case, however. Thanks for the quick answer though.
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  6. #6


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Unles there is a previously-installed qualifying product in the Bootcamp partition, you don't qualify for the upgrade - it's that simple.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can upgradea Windows 7 with the Windows 8 upgrade, but to dual boot or VM you will need the full version.

    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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    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    The Windows 8 upgrade EULA allows you to transfer Windows 8 to another computer you own, as long as you remove Windows 8 from the upgraded machine. It just disallows you from reactivating the original Windows 7 you upgraded from. So no problem in doing what you propose.

    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.

    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user?
    You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer.
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