A license, in software, is a permission granted to a user to use a piece of software, under certain conditions outlined in the license agreement.

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Copy protection third-party toolkits [on hold]

I need to add copy protection by license to a desktop Qt application that runs on Windows and OS X. We are mostly interested in per-machine licensing, with the possibility to issue time-based trial ...
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Using Windows OEM License key on another Laptop [duplicate]

I have an older Toshiba R-800 laptop that's dying. Before I dispose the laptop, I want to recover the Windows License key. This laptop was given to me at my previous workplace and at some point, they ...
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Can I acquire a Windows 8.1 licence by free upgrade from 7 to 10, then downgrading

So, I have Windows 7 pro, and I'm looking to upgrade so that I can use some of the apps that are only available in Windows 8+. I considered just taking advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade, and ...
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Windows License Validity after Restoration from Backup of Other Machine

I am working to restore 30 or so company PCs from a single "clean" backup image. They all came with Windows 7 Pro, and have product key stickers on the cases. On the first machine, I formatted the ...
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May I use the same licence for Windows on different partitions? [duplicate]

I have Windows 8 installed on my tablet and I want to install the same version of Windows 8 on a second different partition of the same disk, on dual boot, possibly from the same ISO. Given that the ...
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Windows 10 Upg. Licensing: Can I move a system image repeatedly between multiple hosts?

I have several computers for different uses/locations, all licensed via the free Windows 10 upgrade program. The hardware is quite similar and I would like to take the system image with me, without ...
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Transferring microsoft OEM, FPP and VLSC license

We had purchased Microsoft licenses like OS, Office, Visual Studio, SQL server etc. from the local reseller. Some of them are OEM, FPP and also some are Open Licenses purchased through Volume ...
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Have two copies of windows 10 on one PC

Currently, I have Windows 10 running on my PC with an SSD drive. I bought a new HDD and connected it to my computer. I want to install Windows 10 on my HDD so that I can boot from either one. I know ...
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TFS license for user account, not person?

We have 10 software engineers who all have valid TFS user licenses (either MSDN Pro/Ent). We also have an extra domain user account that everyone shares to access a remote PC in our office. This PC ...
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How long can I use a product-key version of Visual Studio 2015, offline?

Background Our company is looking to start using Visual Studio 2015. We are planning to buy the perennial 5-license version of Visual Studio 2015 PROFESSIONAL. Our problem is that we have a bunch of ...
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Windows 10 planned re-installation without losing activation

I recently upgraded from windows 7 Ultimate to windows 10 Pro. My question is- How to re-install windows 10 pro after wiping the HDD without losing my license? Where are the activation files to take ...
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Best practice for Win 10 (Home version) recovery, including license:

I upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10. I'm not sure what the various recovery options will do in a disaster scenario. One option is to make a System Repair Disc, which I have done. It seems that this will ...
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Can I use a “refurbished” Windows 7 license key on a virtual machine? [duplicate]

I am a software developer and recently purchased a Windows 7 Home Premium license and media labeled as "Intended for distribution with a refurbished PC". Does the license allow installation in a ...
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New ssd, keep win 10 licensed?

upgraded from win 7 to win 10 a few months ago. Just bought a new ssd. How do I maintain my license for windows 10? Install normally and use the serial number I currently have?
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How do I check if installed software on a computer is the licensed version or trial version?

Is there any way to find all unlicensed software's in my windows 7 ?
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What happens when I update my MSDNAA Win7 pro to Win10, can I install Win10 once I change PC?

I have MSDNAA license Win7 Pro. Sooner or later I will update to Win10. Now my Win7 have followed me or 3 consecutive PC's (only one install at a time ofc) as I bought new ones, but I heard that Win10 ...
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Using existing Windows 8 after upgrade to Windows 10

The first part of my question was where can I get my Windows 8 Key but that has already been answered elsewhere. The second part is if I do the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, can I use ...
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SQL Server licensing in a virtualised environment

My company has 6 instances of SQL Server 2012 Standard. These instances all run on VMware virtual machines. The licenses for SQL Server came packaged with WonderWare products (WonderWare Historian for ...
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Can I upgrade a Windows 7 student licence to Windows 10?

I have a Windows 7 with a student license (it's a full license, not OEM). I want to use the free upgrade to Windows 10 and still have a valid license. The thing is, I am no longer a student. ...
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Move OEM Windows install to an SSD

I just bought a Samsung SSD for my girlfriend and moved the Windows 8.1.1 installation (installed with education key) over to the SSD with the Samsung Migration software. Then I physically swapped the ...
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ProduKey not returning list of keys from domain

I'm the still pretty new IT person at my company, and one of my jobs is to figure out what all software we have installed on the machines, and whatever licenses they have attached to them. I have ...
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How do I search Microsoft's “Legal Stuff” displayed during PC setup?

I purchased a laptop with Windows 10 for testing some libraries I contribute to. I'm at the Windows 10 "Here's the Legal Stuff" screen where Microsoft forces users into accepting their obscene terms ...
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Distributing VirtualBox image with unlicensed Windows 7

In my university research project, we use a VirtualBox image of Windows 7 for demos. Since the software is fairly complex to install, people have asked for a copy of our demo VM image. So far we have ...
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What is required to reinstall Windows 10 on a replacement computer?

I've happily performed the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After July 2016 it is no longer free to upgrade. I have not been part of the Insider Program at all. Hypothetically, if my ...
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OEM License on Toshiba Qosmio X770 [duplicate]

I wanna replace my HDD but before doing that I wanna know where exactly is my Windows 7 Home Premium OEM license located. Into the BIOS or HDD recovery partition, where and how can I know? I found ...
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Can Office 2016 “Personal” be used for professional / business / commercial uses?

Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition came with a licensing stipulation that the software was not allowed to be used for business, professional or commercial uses. A variant of the software ...
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Using Windows 8.1 OEM license for Windows 10 imaging

I have several hundred computers with Windows 8.1 on it. Right now they are OEM activated as Windows 8.1 machines. I need to be able to image them with an OEM activated install of Windows 10. Is there ...
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How to check origins of a Windows 10 licence?

I recently bought a cheap second hand laptop on ebay. It came with Windows 10 Pro installed, but no installation media. If possible I would like to downgrade it to Windows 7 because the manufacturer ...
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How can I reinstall OEM windows 10 after replacing the hard drive?

I bought a new laptop, but it came with too little hard drive space. I've got a big SSD that I'd like to install, but my computer didn't come with a CD to reinstall Windows (it came with 7, but I ...
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Licensing issue with Windows 7 reinstall

I have a Dell Latitude E6520 laptop that I decided to reinstall Windows 7 on. Before wiping the old installation, I grabbed info about the product keys from the registry using the NirSoft ProduKey ...
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What Features are Missing in the PhraseExpress Text Expander after the Trial Period Ends?

What features or capabilities will be locked, gone or will be missing in PhraseExpress (text expander software) after the 30-day trial period has elapsed?
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Correct way to upgrade to Win 10 from Win 8 downgraded to Win 7?

Got a new laptop with Win 8 license preset in BIOS with Win 7 actually installed. Would like to upgrade to Win 10. Can I upgrade directly from existing Win 7 installation or should I reinstall Win 8 ...
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How do I tell if a Windows 8.1 Product Keys is an OEM key?

My system has been upgraded multiple times. Latest was upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro with media center. I would like to move the license. But I am not sure if I have still have an OEM Licensed ...
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Switch product key windows 10 home and pro

I've got today windows 8.1 pro on my workstation and windows 8.1 home on my laptop. I've upgraded each of them to windows 10 (pro on workstation and home on laptop) last month. However, I need now ...
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Install OSX Application Licenses from Command Line

I imagine this is an application specific issue, but I'm not sure. I've got some bootstrap scripts (shell scripts) that setup OSX system. homebrew, homebrew-cask and homebrew-file are used to install ...
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Office 2013 move to new account

I have a version of excel 2013 home and business (1PC) linked to my windows account and would like to give that license to a colleague (to switch to 365 myself). Is that possible without hassle? Or ...
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Installing multiple Windows 7 on one PC [duplicate]

I have a license Windows 7 Home Premium and need to install two copies of it to ONE PC. The question is, will it in any way violate Microsoft license agreement? UPD: Question still unsolved. Question ...
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If I delete pre-installed Windows 8.1, is it lost forever?

There's this Asus X200MA with fixed 2GB RAM and pre-installed Windows 8.1 . 2GB RAM + Windows combination makes a sad computer and a frustrated user. So I want to install Elementary OS Freya on it. I ...
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Do I need a license to create a PDF and send it over e-mail? [duplicate]

Let's say I am a corporation which sells some product. Before selling product I need some documents signed by my customers. If I create some PDF and send these PDFs to my customers to signing, do I ...
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Can I dual-boot my old Windows 7 with my free Windows 10? [duplicate]

I've upgraded my Windows 7 computer to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer. Am I allowed to install Windows 7 again, alongside my new Windows 10 installation, or does the upgrade deal require me ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 10 as the host OS and as one or several guest(s)?

With a single license of Windows 10, is it possible to install the OS at the same time as: The OS of the host machine (the non-virtual machine) The OS of one or several guest system(s) In such ...
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Uninstall Win 8 PK from Win 7-running computer

I recently wanted to switch the windows 8 from a computer to another, but completely forgot to uninstall the product key and did a clean install of windows 7 over it (shift-F10-diskpart type of clean ...
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Swap Windows 8 Pro / 8.1 licenses?

I had bought a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro for my laptop some time ago and when I built a desktop PC recently, I decided to use a retail copy of Windows 8.1 for it. Since then, the laptop has been ...
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Questions on Windows 10 and licencing/upgrading

I had Windows 8.1 Pro N on my computer, with a serial, that was from the MSDNAA programm. I was able to reserver Win 10, and when it came out, I put the ISO on an USB stick, because I didn't want to ...
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How does Windows know whether to accept a COA key?

I have an HP laptop with a Windows Vista Home Premium license. Apparently if I download a vista ISO and install it using this key, it would be accepted. How does the setup know I'm using this key on ...
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Will my Windows 7 key become invalid after upgrading to windows 10?

Just like the title says. I don't want to come to the point where I don't like Windows 10 and can't revert back to Windows 7 because I upgraded. Anyone have a simple, yet certain, yes/no answer?
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Hard Drive Clone Proofing or Licensing to One Computer only

Is there any way possible to prevent others from cloning my hard drive? or set one hard drive to work only with one computer? i tried to research but i did not see any topic related to it. I have one ...
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Backing up software with its licenses

I have a PC which is mostly used for photo and video editing. This PC was starting to get slow and I decided I had to install some more RAM memory in it (6GB in total now). After doing that, I ...
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Buying cheap COA stickers and install disks off of ebay, is it legal? [closed]

I searched for an answer to this question everywhere and I still don't fully understand how can something like this or this be legal/work properly? From what is written in the description and from ...
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How can I retain / transfer my Windows 7 license files back to the same computer after a reformat? [duplicate]

So I have an old Windows laptop that I used in college that has over time gotten increasingly bogged down with bloat / fragmentation that I would like to reformat. I can get an install disk easily, ...