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Backup Metro apps to install Later or on other PC’s

I was wondering if Windows store applications are device specific? So, if I change computers do I need to buy the applications again as is common in the Android Play Store?

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marked as duplicate by Karan, soandos, Diogo, BBlake, ChrisF Oct 31 '12 at 12:22

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excellent question! – Mamta D Oct 31 '12 at 4:28
@Karan not a duplicate as it asks about a senario commonly encountered marketplaces. Has nothing to do with backup, rather device change. – Mikhail Oct 31 '12 at 4:29
Yes, but read the answers there. Since Store apps can't be backed up, they need to be re-installed and the answers tell you how. Isn't that essentially what you have asked as well? If not, apologies, feel free to ignore. – Karan Oct 31 '12 at 4:32

To clarify Matthew's answer, you can verify up to 5 computers with your Windows Live profile to sync purchases across your devices. This means that you need 1 application, per 5 devices, per Live ID.

From Windows Store Terms of Use:

If you comply with these license terms, you have the rights below.

INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS; EXPIRATION. You may install and use one copy of the app on up to five (5) Windows 8 enabled devices that are affiliated with the Microsoft account associated with your Windows Store account.

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If you bought the app with your Windows Live ID then purchases can be synced throughout your devices.

Oh yeah and as Ethan mentioned its per 5 devices. I forgot to mention that.

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Does this means that I only need to buy 1 application? or 1 per device? – Mikhail Oct 31 '12 at 4:22
Just buying it once will suffice. As long as you use the same Windows Live ID for each of your devices. – Matthew Wong Oct 31 '12 at 4:23

You have a limit of five devices per application license, but you must use the same Windows Live ID for each. Additionally, Windows Store applications are cross-platform as they are based on the WinRT runtime: they will run on both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.

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