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Possible use of the same Win 8 Pro key on 2 computers

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC

    Possible use of the same Win 8 Pro key on 2 computers


    Hello,
    I got Windows 8 Pro from dreamspark and installed it on a new laptop (without OS, I wanted to save money). I had one of the WMC keys from the free promo so I added one of them. It basically overwrites the Win 8 Pro key if I'm right. So does that mean, that, in theory, I can use the Win 8 Pro key on another PC without this one getting deactivated ?

    My experience is that I can move Windows license from one PC to another but it needs to be uninstalled on the first PC. (slmgr -upk is what I mean but formatting the harddrive / never powering on the PC again works too)

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    Beloit, Wisconsin
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by plantroon View Post
    Hello,
    I got Windows 8 Pro from dreamspark and installed it on a new laptop (without OS, I wanted to save money). I had one of the WMC keys from the free promo so I added one of them. It basically overwrites the Win 8 Pro key if I'm right. So does that mean, that, in theory, I can use the Win 8 Pro key on another PC without this one getting deactivated ?

    My experience is that I can move Windows license from one PC to another but it needs to be uninstalled on the first PC. (slmgr -upk is what I mean but formatting the harddrive / never powering on the PC again works too)
    As soon as you go to activate it if it was installed on your other computer it will flag you to call Microsoft to activate. I do believe you can't move a windows product key from one computer to another.

    Please read the licensing agreement from Microsoft
    http://download.microsoft.com/Docume...7f449f0d88.pdf
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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