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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Windows Workstation/Server licencing

Have a slight licencing query i've been asked about and i'm not 100% on the advice i'm about to give... Scenario: A clock-card machine running some software that makes it available to other people on ...
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Will I still be able to activate Windows XP after support ends?

I read through How long will Microsoft support Windows XP Professional? but could find no mention of how long Microsoft will continue to allow/support activations of XP for, using internet or over the ...
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Do you need to purchase TFS separately if you already bought Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate?

I have a copy of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate (single license). I want to use Team Foundation Server (TFS). Do I have the right to install TFS on the same machine than Visual Studio 2010, if I would be ...
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Will Windows 8 preview stop working and required a different license in the future?

I'm planning on installing Windows 8 preview on a spare laptop. I looked all over the faq page but did not see anything about how the licensing works. I understand that it's free for me to install ...
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Is it possible to retain Windows licence after changing motherboard

In case i want to change the motherboard of my computer without formatting harddisk, Currently there is windows7 is installed, then Is it possible to retain the same licence earlier i had, or i will ...
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Revoke Office license

I have installed Office 2007 Home and Student on my laptop. I have registered the license with this Office installation. Now I have to return the laptop because it is defective. I don't want to keep ...
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How can I return a Microsoft License delivered with a Dell computer?

I have to change my current single core Pentium computer to a new Dell XPS8300. Unfortunately, I'm deadly allergic to Microsoft and someone where I work says I can return the Microsoft Windows that ...
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Dual boot Linux / Windows 7 + Window 7 virtual machine under Linux + licensing

Is it legal to use single Windows 7 (home basic) license to install windows on host AND on virtual machine running under Linux on the same host? It will be physically different installations ...
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license for a multichat application ? contact information ? [closed]

I'm creating a multi chat application that communicate with different bridges ( yahoo, msn , gtalk and Facebook) using libpurple . How am I supposed to get a license or approval from the above ...
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What is the difference between Re-installing Microsoft Office on the same computer again vs. another PC?

Reinstalling my OS. Will I have any trouble reinstalling Office 2010 with the same key on the same PC? Is there a difference between installing it on a second PC vs. what I am doing? (does ...
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Can I install original copy of Windows (OEM) on more than one partition on the same computer?

I was asked by a client to install Windows XP on three partitions on his PC. He wants them to all be original. My question: Will the same Original XP installation work (get registered/ activated) on ...
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Can a user use any software be it Legal/Pirated with windows xp/7 Legal Version (OEM)

This question is just to increase my knowledge as a dealer/seller of microsoft systems. In my location customers are not willing to use original Windows installations, as they say that they will not ...
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Install Windows 7 twice (dual boot) - licensing issues? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use my Windows 7 license in a dual-boot configuration? Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to ...
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what is the difference between getting a Licensed Windows and buying a Key for Windows?

Well my question is same as the title. what is the difference between getting a Licensed Windows and buying a Key for Windows? they both are legal right? Note: Windows XP and 7 are the targets. ...
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Microsoft Windows Licensing, Validity/transferring between burnt/working MOTHER-BOARDS

I would like to license copy of WINDOWS XP and WINDOWS 7 for four to five PC's From what I understand there are many ways shown on Microsoft site for Volume Licensing, but I am interested in ...
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Convert OEM Windows XP box to virtual machine?

I know I can technically convert an existing Windows XP box to a virtual machine. (e.g. VMWare converter). What I do not quite understand is whether I can then actuall use this image/guest. The ...
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How can I downgrade Windows 7 Ultimate to Home Premium?

How can I downgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate to Home Premium without reinstalling Windows? I want to use a Home Premium key and uninstall the Ultimate features. How can I do this?
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Remove Photoshop Extended and use Normal Version?

We asked the Adobe Support about this Problem, but all they said was that we need to call the local Adobe support, but at this time nobody is there... so we facing the following problem: We had a ...
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Does using GMAKE, no longer make it possible to license my software under BSD? [closed]

If I create from scratch a software tool, but I want to use GMAKE (vs FreeBSD "make") to build my tool from source, does using GMAKE prevent me from license my tool under a BSD license since my tool ...
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Windows XP doesnt work. I have legal license, how to reinstall without the source disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows XP SP3 (Legal) download? I bought a computer with windows XP a few years ago. XP stopped working (probably a virus) and I need to install it again. I have the ...
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Transfer Windows 7 64-bit system builder to VirtualBox instance on same machine

Let's suppose I purchase a Windows 7 64-bit system builder license for a particular machine. Sometime next year (or the year after that) when Windows 8 comes out, I'd like to install it on the same ...
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Is an ESET antivirus 4 license valid for version 5? [closed]

I have already purchased ESET antivirus 4. Is this license valid for ESET antivirus 5?
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How do software companies know if we are using unlicensed software? [closed]

How do software companies know if the serial number entered to use their software is a valid one or one created by a keygen? Assume the keygen is generating a license number that can be entered into ...
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What is a preactivated version of Windows 7 (Ultimate)?

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. And I'm considering an online upgrade purchase of Windows 7 Ultimate. The site's description of the product reads: "Microsoft ...
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Registering mIRC for domain users

We run a small domain with mIRC installed on the machines. When we install mIRC we do so with the local administrator account. We register it and it shows as registered fine. However when another ...
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Windows 7 Professional Student Version

I have a version of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional which I obtained from MSDN Academic Alliance. I wish to install it, but the following section in the MSDNAA EULA somewhat concerns me: MSDNAA ...
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Can MSDNAA copies of software be transferred to new computers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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? My university ...
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Serial Number and Product Number of laptop in Windows

How do I get the Product and Serial Number of ASUS EeePC netbook on Windows (XP preferably)? Edit: I am not a label reader and I am interested to retrieve the two numbers by software or tool.
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Transfer retail Office licenses from purchased PCs

My company has purchased the asserts of another which includes several workstations with Microsoft Office Professional 2007. Install DVDs were included in the purchase and they are retail versions ...
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Are there non-GPL alternatives to Busybox?

Busybox seems to be sort stumbling block for vendors that want little embedded linux. There are even lawsuits regarding Busybox. Are there more liberally licensed (BSD, MIT or at least LGPL) analogue ...
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Number of Mac OSX Lion licenses I need purchase to install on my three computers

I have an iMac and two Mac books. Can I purchase only one license of the new OS X Lion and install it on all three computers? ... If so, what are the guidelines installing the OS on multiple ...
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MSDN Subscriptions = Windows 7 Ultimate License?

If I were to get a MSDN Operating Systems license, would that also mean I would have access to download the Windows 7 ISO, along with Windows Vista, and XP? Can anyone with access to MSDN show us all ...
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Does installing licensed Windows software (e.g. CS5) on WINE contravene EULA

I realize that this question is extremely vague, but I am wondering if (as a general rule) it is against the terms of standard EULAs to install on WINE. For example, I have a licensed copy of Adobe ...
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Buying Adobe Creative suit from different country and using in my home country [closed]

I want to buy Adobe Web Premium Suit costing $1800 in US. I don't want to buy from India for many issues like 17% extra taxes, the reseller can easily dupe me since they'd deliver the product after a ...
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Is there a License Manager?

I work at an architectural firm, and our users use a lot of Adobe products or AutoCAD products. We deploy most software through SCCM, and we have a finite amount of licenses to use. We need to ...
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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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How to unregister Auslogic BoostSpeed

Is there a way to unregister Auslogic Boostspeed 5? I want to move my copy to another computer.
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What are Windows Server Client licenses?

I was looking into buying a server. Something cheap. I cam across a computer with windows server foundation server on it with 5 client licenses. What is a client license. Does this mean that only 5 ...
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Installing legal older versions of Windows XP

For testing purposes, I need to install a Windows XP Home environment in a virtual machine. The thing here is I don't have a license and Microsoft won't sell it anymore. What can I do about it?
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Download Official Unlicensed Windows (Vista, 7)

We will be restoring machines here in our office to fresh copies of Windows and would prefer to used non OEM windows so we don't end up with all the Dell or HP or whatever software on there. Also that ...
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Does a license of Windows 7 Pro (PT) of MSDN-AA work on Windows 7 Pro (EN)?

Does a license key for Windows 7 Pro (PT-PT) from MSDN-AA work on Windows 7 Pro (EN)? Is this valid and legal? Or do I need to use it in PT-PT? This is legal and downloaded from MSDN-AA program. As ...
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Where I can I legally download Windows 7 installation .ISO files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? Disclaimer: I'm primarily a Linux/Unix person, so all this Windows licensing stuff is new to me. Where I can I ...
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Legal to use Vista OEM to install on Computer with XP sticker? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Legally downgrade Windows Vista Home OEM license? I have a HP Probook 4410s laptop which couldn't boot and I did a clean install of the OEM Vista that came with the ...
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Will it help to uninstall Microsoft Office before installing it on a different machine?

I'm fairly sure the answer is 'no' but that's just a guess. Is there any way to de-activate the software, and possibly save the hassle of calling Microsoft?
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How many times can I activate Windows 7 Enterprise?

I have an MSDN version of Windows 7 Enterprise. I think I saw somewhere that this version can be installed on multiple computers with the same serial number. Is that correct? How many times can I use ...
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Automatically find license of music

Is there some kind of database or online API that would enable me to automatically find the license for a certain music album? I would like to legally share music with some friends, but my collection ...
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Can you re-install Windows 7 OEM on a new motherboard?

I want to buy a copy of Windows 7 OEM for my PC so I can run Adobe Premiere on a 64 bit OS. However, there seems to be a problem with OEM copies as some people say that once you install them you can't ...
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Adobe Fireworks CS4 won't proceed past License Agreement

I've been using Adobe Fireworks CS4 for about 12 months, and every time it loads it has asked me to accept the license agreement. Adobe support did not know how to fix this. In the last few days, ...
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Windows Authentication

I was using a Sony Laptop which crashed with a Graphic Card failure. Then I bought a another used Toshiba Laptop from a friend and replaced the hard disk from the hard disk from Sony Laptop. It ...
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Is it legal to use the same Windows 7 key for a guest OS on a host with same key [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Windows 7 licensing work for running the OS as Virtual Machines? Is it legal to use the same Windows 7 key for a guest OS on a host with same key. I mean ...