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


mothman

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#1
In looking at the personal use agreement of the Windows 8 Pro System Builder it states:

"The software in the package not be used:

To license more than five copies of the software (in total) for commercial use"

Does this mean I can install Windows 8 on another computer per the license for Win 8 Pro? My Windows 7 Home Premium was so much easier on this since it clearly stated that it supports 3x licenses.

thanks!
 

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    Windows 7, Windows 8
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    Core i7 920
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    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
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    Nvidia Geforce GTX 680

pparks1

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No, you cannot use the same license on more than 1 computer at any given time.

That seems to indicate that you cannot purchase parts to build 6 computer at work, and buy more than 5 System Builder license keys and install them.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
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    15/2 cable modem
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theog

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http://www.eightforums.com/general-discussion/10837-windows-8-eula.html

How can I use the software? We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license, we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) as the operating system on a computer that you build for your personal use, or as an additional operating system running on a local virtual machine or a separate partition, subject to the restrictions outlined under “Are there things I’m not allowed to do with the software?” The license is only for use by one person at a time, and only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement. The software is not licensed to be used as server software or for commercial hosting - so you may not make the software available for simultaneous use by multiple users over a network. For more information on multiple user scenarios and virtualization, see the Additional Terms.
 

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

mothman

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Very good then that answers my question. I wish Microsoft would have done the Family Pack that they did in Windows 7 with Windows 8.
 

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    Windows 7, Windows 8
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    Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 680

theog

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There may do, just wait & see.
 

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

mothman

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If Windows Pro 8 was installed on another computer does the license get transferred then from the previous computer it was activated?
 

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    Windows 7, Windows 8
    CPU
    Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 680

pparks1

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Very good then that answers my question. I wish Microsoft would have done the Family Pack that they did in Windows 7 with Windows 8.
The family pack was 50 a copy, Windows 8 is 40 a copy. How much cheaper would you want them to make it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

mothman

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Seriously?

The Windows 7 Home Premium family pack provided 3 additional licenses which originally cost me $77

If I buy the Windows 8 upgrade (and it does not include the content that Pro does) for 3 licenses then I am going to have to pay $120 so where is the savings?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7, Windows 8
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    Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 680
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
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    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

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Seriously?

The Windows 7 Home Premium family pack provided 3 additional licenses which originally cost me $77

If I buy the Windows 8 upgrade (and it does not include the content that Pro does) for 3 licenses then I am going to have to pay $120 so where is the savings?
I don't recall the family pack being less than 150 for the 3 pack.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

mothman

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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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    Windows 7, Windows 8
    CPU
    Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 680

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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

mothman

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"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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7, Windows 8
    CPU
    Core i7 920
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 680

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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

roofrider

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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. :rolleyes:

--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).
 
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Software activation is not support
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.
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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

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...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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    Windows7, 8 pretty soon

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