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kmint

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#1
I have a doubt about Windows To Go.

I updated to W8 Pro from Release Preview and paid only 30€.

So, I read that this update is only valid for this specific laptop and I can't install it anywhere else.

However, with Windows To Go, I could use it anywhere, in any other computer. Even permanently if I leave the USB always in.

So I don't understand this policy and wanted to ask if there is something I am not aware of.

Thanks.
 

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#2
Hello Kmint,

You can reinstall and activate your Windows 8 upgrade on any computer so long as it's not activated on any other computer at the same time for it to be a legal installation. This includes dual boots as well. One product key (license) = only one activated installation.

Windows To Go treats the USB key as a PC, so that's why you are able to use it on any computer since the Windows To Go workspace USB key is still only one installation no matter what computer it's connected to.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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bagavan

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#3
Brink, suppose I had to transfer license from one computer to another. Is there any way to deactivate it on the first computer ?
 

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#4
Hello Bagavan

If you delete/format the installation on the first computer, then there's no need to deactivate/remove the product key since deleting/formatting it would take care of that.

If you wanted to keep Windows installed on the first computer to not lose anything, and just wanted to remove the product key to say use another one later, then you could use the tutorials below to do so.

Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows - Windows 7 Forums

and/or

Product Key Number - Change - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps. :)
 

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bagavan

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#5
One more question.. Following the above tutorial deactivates windows.. I agree this fact.. But how will MS know it is the key being used by same user but on a different computer..How will MS server come to know that the key has been deactivates. why wont they block the key?? Why wont it display the key is already being used on a different machine?
 

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#6
Windows activation will check in with Microsoft's activation servers to see how many times and where the product key has been activated before. If it shows that the product key has been used to activate more than one computer recently, then you will get a failed activation and would have to do a phone activation after making sure no other computer is activated with the same product key first.
 

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bagavan

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#7
Windows activation will check in with Microsoft's activation servers to see how many times and where the product key has been activated before. If it shows that the product key has been used to activate more than one computer recently, then you will get a failed activation and would have to do a phone activation after making sure no other computer is activated with the same product key first.

Therefore reactivation is possible any number of times on the same computer via online activation rite.
 

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#8
As long as it's only one activated installation on that same computer, and not multiple activated multi-boots or VMs on it.
 

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kmint

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Hello Kmint,

You can reinstall and activate your Windows 8 upgrade on any computer so long as it's not activated on any other computer at the same time for it to be a legal installation. This includes dual boots as well. One product key (license) = only one activated installation.

Windows To Go treats the USB key as a PC, so that's why you are able to use it on any computer since the Windows To Go workspace USB key is still only one installation no matter what computer it's connected to.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
Thanks Brink. I understand now.
 

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You're most welcome kmint. :)
 

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kmint

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That's ok. Thank you though. :)
 

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Hi there
Windows to Go is only available on the ENTERPRISE version of W8 so it's already "Multiple Activation" Licences.

If the Windows to Go is loaded on to different hardware it *might* ask for reactivation but I doubt it. -- However if you add products like Office 2013 to a Windows to go system you could run into problems with THOSE programs trying to activate.

I've loaded a W8 to go system on to a Sony VAIO and an Acer Aspire laptop -- no activation requests. The hardware is different - W8 to go will get the new drivers first time from the Internet. After that the drivers remain in the system so you can re-boot in this case from the USB device ( I use a partition on a USB3 external disk) without windows looking for them again on EITHER laptop.

Whether the Enterprise system is "activating in silent mode" I don't know but I haven't had any trouble with it.

Office wanted re-activation though on the second computer. I got round that problem (LEGALLY) by installing Office enterprise 2007 --also multiple activation. Seems that Enterprise version of office 2010 / 2013 isn't on technet and you have to manually activate it.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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Hello Jimbo,

While "Windows To Go" is available only in Windows 8 Enterprise, you will still be able to create a "Windows To Go" in Windows 7 and Windows 8 using the method in the tutorial below instead.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5349-windows-8-go-setup-usb-flash-drive-usb-disk.html


To activate Windows 8 Enterprise, you could use either option in the tutorial below to change/enter the product key number to have it activated afterwards.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/14108-windows-go-create-windows-8-enterprise.html


Hope this helps. :)
 

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    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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