Windows CD Key

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by Bman, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    This has never crossed my mind before now. If you buy a legit cdkey, or full windows with cdkey, can you use that key for more then one computer?
     
  2. kcnychief

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    No.

    Keys have to be activated, they work on one machine. A seperate license must be purchased for each computer.
     
  3. Bman

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    ok thanks
     
  4. madmatt

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    A license for Windows XP Home/Professional is good for one PC and up to two CPU's.
     
  5. ming

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    the answer of using the same key on two seperate machines is quite obvious... but what if you are running the free version of MS virtualPC? would you be required to purchase a new licence/cd key to run it on a virtual machine?
     
  6. madmatt

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    Is the VPC software installed on the same system or a different system?
     
  7. ming

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    i dont have vpc, but assume that it is on the same system.
    reason i ask is because of activation.
     
  8. kcnychief

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    I know for a fact it still has to get activated, not sure if there is a grey area on that though.
     
  9. Bman

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    Buying a new licence, key, would that be cheaper or the same price of a full new windows xp.
     
  10. kcnychief

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    You could buy an OEM license, I believe that is the cheapest you can get them.
     
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    IC, ok then thanks
     
  12. Mainframeguy

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    Yeah and check that you get some hardware with it - a reputable company will do this rather than sell OEM alone.

    Also - some OEMs are actually licensed to install on 1-2 machines, but this does NOT mean you SHOULD do it although you CAN. The EULA will prohibit this - it is there so that if you make a major system upgrade you get a one time chance to reactivate the key on that (OEM) machine.

    I know - been there done this on two rigs. Any more upgrades and you have to phone for activation.
     
  13. kcnychief

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    Has nothing to do with being reputable or not, it violates the EULA if they don't include hardware. That is why if you get it off eBay, for instance, people include an audio cable for a CD-ROM, or other low-end hardware, just to meet it ;)
     
  14. Mainframeguy

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    OK OK - well I'll confess I once bought an OEM CD from an online vendor with nothing else - I am happy to confess this because that copy is no longer in use, went with a dead machine, so I stayed legal - but that vendor did not, strictly speaking (though only I as the End User could be prosecuted for piracy).
     
  15. kcnychief

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    fwiw, I believe it would only be a violation on his end, i.e. it has to be SOLD with hardware, not necessarily bought with hardware. I could be wrong on that though...
     
  16. madmatt

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    I hate FWIW. Stop it.

    Anyway, I purchased an OEM copy of Office from Newegg and I don't remember receiving ANYTHING hardware.
     
  17. kcnychief

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    Again, I could be wrong, but I think Office and Windows have different EULA's in relation to needing hardware to be purchased with it.
     
  18. madmatt

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    No, you are right. All OEM software from Microsoft is supposed to be sold with hardware.