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Does installing the same Windows 7 copy on 2 computers deactivate the previous installation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? Does installing the same Windows 7 copy ...
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Is Windows 8 Pro usable without activation?

There seems to be little information about the way the activation system works in Windows 8, especially for consumer versions of Windows (Core/Pro, not Enterprise). I already know that Microsoft now ...
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How to reinstall and activate Adobe InDesign CS2 (Polish)?

I have a client that needs to reinstall their computer. They have a Polish version of InDesign CS2, which won’t activate anymore. How to install it after reinstalling Windows? The English version from ...
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Windows 2008 Server Unable to activate with other methods

I'm trying to activate windows 2008 server SP2 today since the activation trial is done. I do not have an internet connection with this server so I can not activate online, and with the other ...
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How to get Product Key for Visual Studio 2010 from MSDNAA without downloading?

I've installed Visual Studio 2010 Professional Trial from the public ISO download site. Then I noticed that I don't have a Product Key yet so I logged in to DreamSpark with my MSDNAA login (that is ...
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Moving the Windows 7 Pro OEM image to computer with the same hardware

We bought 8 clean computers (even without HDD) with the same hardware and bought eight Windows 7 Pro OEM disks. Now I prepare one Win7 installation without activation but with all required programs, ...
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Using the Server 2003 product key for a limited time on 2 computers

I just made a virtual machine of my physical Windows Server running Server 2003. I now wonder, what happens if I activate the virtual machine? Will the physical machine refuse to work because of a ...
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Windows Vista activation after moving disk inside another machine

I have a strange hardware problem on a workstation. I have another workstation available with exactly the same specifications and want to move the disk and RAM from the problematic machine to the free ...
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Will it be possible to activate Windows XP (SP3) after April 8, 2014?

I get that Windows XP SP3 (...) Support Ends April 8, 2014 and I get that this means: (from the site linked to above) there will be no new security updates [no] non-security hotfixes [no] ...
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Windows 8.1 activation with windows 8 key

I have formatted my pc and installed windows 8.1 32Bit evaluation copy obviously which is 90 days trail. Now, to activate 8.1 can I use my Windows 8 activation key ? If possible please provide us ...
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batch check if windows 7 is permanently activated

I need a simple command in batch to check if windows 7 is permanently activated ( no kms activated) for example: If windows 7 is permanently activated echo cool else ...
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Determine Key Used to Activate Windows 7

I have an OEM version of Windows 7 running on a Dell laptop, which was recently purchased and I'm unable to locate the Windows 7 key on the laptop or any material included with the laptop. The laptop ...
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How do I activate Windows 7 for a different computer?

I bought Windows 7 Professional Retail which I installed on my laptop. Now I've decided to move it to be on my desktop PC, so I uninstalled Windows from my laptop, restoring the original OS that came ...
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How can I check the number of days remaining in my Windows XP free trial period?

I've extended it with a command in Start -> Run twice or three times, already. I got a message saying that I have 7 days remaining, but I can't remember how many days ago that was.
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Security issues with online activation software

Let's say I need to use some activation software, which connects to a server and activate some other software in my PC (i.e., Microsoft Toolkit crack to activate MS Office, or a crack for a game). ...
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Windows 8 Activation behind a proxy

How to activate windows 8 behind the college proxy server? Error code : 0x8004fe33 I've tried netsh winhttp to configure the system proxy but no success.
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Making a cracked or activated windows uncracked

I have a PC which has windows 7 license but I installed windows from an image I downloaded and it is already activated. For validating genuine Microsoft, I need to enter my own product key but the ...
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OEM Product Key from Product ID?

I re-installed my Windows 7 installation and I am being asked for the Product Key. But alas, stupid me, I had jotted down the Product ID and not the actual Product Key. Unfortunately, I lost the ...
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How do I re-activate Windows 7 after Windows has decided it is no longer genuine after an update?

Windows just recently decided that it was no longer genuine and it keeps telling me that I need to re-activate. However, the dialog that pops up asking me if I want to make it genuine seems to crash ...
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no OEM certificate found in windows 8

i want to clean install win 8 on my new lenovo, i have heard that OEM key is stored in the bios and is automatically applied on a clean install. so i decided to save the OEM CERTIFICATE using a ...
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Windows 8 activated, can't add additional features

I do not see the logic in this: Windows 8 is activated (legitimately) and yet, I can't add additional features. Why is this happening? I have reset my computer after activation, and to be honest, I ...
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Unable to activate Windows 8

I first installed Windows 8 Pro 64 bits OEM a few months ago. I did a clean install with the same disc and key yesterday, after installing new hardware. I remember having this very same issue with my ...
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Windows 7 activation period

I have had Windows 7 Ultimate installed for about two weeks, with a couple more weeks left to activate. If you ignore the warnings, eventually you get a watermark on your desktop: Then, after ...
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I have to activate my win8 pro whenever I connect to the internet

Four months ago I bought Windows8 Pro and activated it. I have had no problems at all until a few days ago: every time I connect to the Internet a notification by the Action Center pops up and ...
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windows/office licenses after image capture

I am trying to create non sysprepped recovery images for individual laptops. Will the Windows and Office activation be retained after reapplying the image? The purpose of it is to spend as little ...
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Does Windows 8 start sabotaging your pc if you don't activate it for an extended period of time? [closed]

So i installed Windows 8 about 5 months ago but unfortunately I got the product from a scammer who had already used the product key in another product, so i got stuck with an unactivateable version. ...
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No COA provided with OEM version of Windows 7 that I purchased. What to do?

I bought a sealed copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to install on a computer I am building. When I opened the package there was no Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or activation code. Is this ...
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How to re-activate Windows 8 after entering wrong Windows 8 key?

I entered my PC's Win 8 pro product key into my laptop which was currently running Win 8 with the intention to switch my laptop to the pro version. I do have a full back up of the whole drive of the ...
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MSDN activations

MSDN activations have a soft limit of 10 per product, correct? If I log in to MSDN, does it display a count of current activations per product?
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Windows 7 activation on a MacBook Pro — valid product key is “not valid”

I just installed Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. On the activation screen after I carefully entered the key on the label on the DVD case, Windows reported that my product key was not ...
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How can I activate an upgrade edition of Windows 7 installed onto a clean hard drive with no previous Windows install?

The best I can tell, when using an upgrade edition of a Windows 7 product, it somehow detects an existing installation and saves that somewhere even if you format the drive, then entering an upgrade ...
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How do I deactivate windows 8 pro?

I would like to deactivate the copy of Windows 8 Pro that I have installed on my system because one of cousins attempted on Install windows from the same disk and activated with same key. So, I would ...
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Reactivating Windows 8 after reformat

I am looking to reformat my drive and I was wondering if I was able to use my Windows 8 pro with media center product key obtained from the Windows 8 promotion. With the email that I received my ...
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Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses?

We get a lot of questions on Super User about Windows activation and licensing. This question is an attempt to answer the most common questions in one place with a canonical answer. When ...
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Windows 8 Pro non-upgrade version won't let me activate

I went to Best Buy to buy Windows 8 and asked for the non-upgrade (clean installation) version of it. Got the software from a salesperson who said it can be for non-upgrades (and clearly has no ...
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Resolving “DNS name does not exist” activating Windows 8?

I am trying to activate a new copy of Windows 8 Pro. When clicking on the Activate button in the Windows Activation screen comes back with: DNS name does not exist How can I go ahead an ...
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Where can I download a copy of Windows 8 (64 Bit) to use with my previously purchased activation key?

I just bought an HP ultrabook running Windows 8 with no installtion media. I also bought an SSD hard drive... My plan was to install windows 8 on the SSD I purchased. Without any installation media ...
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Recover Windows 7 license key from formatted drive

I recently performed a fresh install of Windows 7 on my computer, but only as I deleted the old partition (that contained my old Windows 7 install) did I remember I hadn't extracted my Windows ...
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Windows 7 activation error 0x80070005

I get this error if I try to activate my 2-month-old Windows installation. I have tried restoring default registry permissions and other things as officially directed by Microsoft - no change. I ...
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How does Windows 7's activation works? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When installing Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I know there have been issues ...
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MS-Office 2010 Professional Plus - Change Product Key error

I installed MS-Office 2010 Professional Plus 1 month ago. But now it is giving error when I open any of its product like Outlook, Word, Excel etc. Please help me what can I do for that? I do not ...
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Settings to revert when activating Windows 7 after the 30-day grace period?

When activating Windows 7 after the 30-day grace period (i.e. after the screen turns black), which settings do you have to revert manually? So far I have only noticed the background image and the ...
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Unable to login to Windows XP after activation

I have just re-installed Windows XP Pro (SP2) on a computer using the OEM key stuck to the bottom of the PC. The installation went without incident but the first time I tried to log into Windows, I ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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Will I lose my Windows 8 activation after hardware upgrade?

Windows 8 Pro w/WMC is installed on an Asus M3A78-EM with an on-board GPU. I wish to upgrade the GPU and have purchased a compatible one but have not installed it yet. I also wish to upgrade its CPU. ...
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Windows 8 Activation - Product ID: Not available

The situation: I downloaded Windows 8 RTM from MSDN (I have a subscription). Naturally, I downloaded the product key as well. Windows 8 installed like a dream: lightning fast with no problems. I ...
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How long is the Windows 8 activation period if I do not connect to the internet?

This is not a duplicate of this question, since the OP had already connected to the internet. I installed Windows 8 Consumer Retail and was not connected to the internet, and remain unconnected so it ...
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How to change Microsoft Office 2010 beta key?

I have installed office 2010, using a key that I found on forums on the internet. It said it was used too many times already. But when I try to use the mak key that is on my account, it says that it ...
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can't activate windows 7 with windows 7 service pack 1 key

I installed windows 7 without service pack 1 and now, when I'm trying to input service pack 1 key, I get an error. Can I activate it when I simply install service pack 1 or I need to reinstall it from ...
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Unable to deactivate windows xp by modifying the license in the registry

I need to deactivate Windows XP so I can set it up with a new license. Every tutorial I've visited followed the same steps. (Example from eHow) The tutorials state that the 00BE timer file located in ...