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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How do I find out who owns a Microsoft Software key?

Some of the machines at the office where I work have copies of Microsoft software installed on them, but they were installed a long time ago, and there's no indication of who or what MVLC account was ...
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Transfer Windows 8 licence from VMWare to new installation

I installed an internet-purchased Windows 8 license ($40) in VMWare Player when it first came out because I wasn't sure I wanted to move from Windows 7. Now, I want to install Windows 8 on the main ...
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Photoshop trial and commercial use [closed]

Is it legal to use trial version of Photoshop for commercial use? I am confused after reading this: link.
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Reinstalling Office 2013 after hardware and/or software change(s)

If I install a boxed retail edition of Office 2013, what degree of hardware and operating system changes can I make while still retaining my license to use the software? As for the hardware, here are ...
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Where and how can I download Adobe CS 5.5 and buy its licence?

Where and how can I download Adobe CS 5.5 and its licence? I can't seem to find it anymore? They only option Adobe forces on me is CS 6.
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Windows 8 upgrade on multiple PCs

I bought windows 8 upgrade from microsoft, and i found on this page that: Offer valid from October 26, 2012 until January 31, 2013 and is for individuals and small businesses needing to upgrade ...
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software replacement after computer crash

I had my motherboard destroyed by a spill on my laptop. I was able to retrieve data onto an external drive. I do not plan to repair/restore the laptop and the MS Office Professional software was ...
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Does the license allow me to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine and on the host? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Windows 7 licensing work for running the OS as Virtual Machines? To sum things up: I have bought Windows 7 Professional (OEM license) It's installed on my ...
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Windows 8 “Upgrade Offer” eligibilty when running the Consumer Preview in a VM?

If I have a VM running Windows 8 Consumer/Release Preview, am I allowed to take advantage of the Windows 8 upgrade offer, and install it on that machine? I would have assumed not...as there was never ...
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Moving my store bought Windows 8 Pro license off of old laptop to new laptop. Clean install both times

I have installed Windows 8 Pro onto laptop 1 from a CD purchased at a store. I entered the CD key on Laptop 1. Now laptop1 is out of commission, and I want to move my Windows 8 Pro license from dead ...
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Upgrade danish Windows XP Home 32 bit to Windows 7 or 8 Pro 64 bit English

.. or am I really asking too much of the upgrading license, and should just buy a new full Windows 7 /8 ?
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Restore Windows 7 Upgraded Computer

I have a laptop that came with Windows Vista and I purchased an upgrade to Windows 7. I upgraded the computer to Windows 7. Now I am selling my laptop and would like to restore the laptop to Windows 7 ...
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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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Buying Windows 8 OEM

A local internet store sells Windows 8 OEM for around 90 Euros. Can someone tell me what OEM Windows means? Can I install it on my own PC (built by myself)? Any differences with an off the shelf ...
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How to uninstall a license key

I bought Windows 8 Professional, updated to it from my Win 7 Pro and it's great. All in all, I wanna keep using Windows 8, but something went wrong with my Visual Studio 2012 Professional ...
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Number of Windows 8 Pro licenses per computer

I have three computers that I would like to upgrade to Windows 8, and I'm wondering if purchasing the Pro version once is enough for all of them. Here is what I saw on the Microsoft site. I want to ...
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Windows 7 Rollback basic to professional upgrade

I recently got a notebook that came with a Windows 7 Basic version pre-installed, and inside the notebook box came a windows 7 professional box. I installed this professional one over the basic one, ...
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Can I tell which installation DVD was used for my Windows XP?

I have two Windows XP installation DVDs (that came from the OEM with my two laptops). I need to reinstall Windows on one of them but I'm not sure which one is which. Is there any way to tell which DVD ...
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Creating Images for OS deployment

We are looking to start creating images of our workstations to use when deploying workstations or to speed up restorations of existing workstations. I've been doing some research into this and the ...
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Can I use Syncfusion Metro Studio 2 icons anywhere?

I've been looking about it for a while and I'm quite sure that they say I can freely use those icons on any win8, .net app etc. But how about normal, regular website or some reselling puropses like ...
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On how many device can install a single user license of Visual Studio 2012?

I have my eye on Visual Studio 2012. I'm buying it for myself so I only want to pay for one user license. I have my desktop computer at home, my work laptop, and a tablet. On how many devices can I ...
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Transfer Windows 7 OEM license before booting new laptop [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? I don't need Windows ...
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Is there a way to legally extend the evaluation period?

Is it possible to rearm Windows 8 evaluation copy when it is close to expiry of 90 days again and again after every three months?
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How can I change the license key on Windows-8

I have Windows-8 running. I set it up at home using my own license key. However now I need to change the license key to use it at work. In the past I've managed to do this by editing the OOBETimer ...
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Upgrade to full Windows 8

I am currently running an evaluation of Windows 8, as can be seen by the following screenshot of the bottom right hand side of my screen. How can I upgrade to the full, non-evaluation version of ...
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How to reinstall Windows 7 without media after hard-drive changed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD? I have had a new hard drive installed on my Toshiba c660 satellite laptop, but I have no windows. It ...
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How do I transfer Windows 8 upgrade license to new PC? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed I recently bought the Windows 8 Pro upgrade pack and updated my current PC from Windows 7. I have the ...
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What OEM Windows 8 licenses exist, and how do I tell which one is installed on my laptop? [closed]

I plan to purchase a new Lenovo laptop that comes preinstalled with Windows 8 (the exact product statement is Windows 8 64). As far as I understand, that's an OEM version. The problem is that I need ...
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Will Windows 8 be OEM when I upgrade a XP OEM pc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I upgrade an OEM version of Windows XP to Windows 8, then transfer it to another computer? Will Windows 8 be OEM when I upgrade a XP OEM PC?
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If I buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, can I do multiple fresh installs?

My understanding is that when I first upgrade, I can choose to upgrade as a fresh install. If I want to do another fresh install in the future, can I do that? I tend to reinstall Windows every 1-3 ...
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If I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8, can I reuse my Windows 7 “full” license key on another partition? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to the Windows 7 key when upgrading to Windows 8? I would like to upgrade my Windows 7 PC to Windows 8. I currently have an academic license key for Windows ...
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Where can I get a Windows 8 side-loading product key?

I have Windows 8 available through MSDN, as such, I have access to a lot of things such as volume licensing, though for now I'm just using the regular single-license Windows 8 Enterprise. I've tried ...
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Can I use the same Windows 7 licence key after changing motherboard or processor? [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? I am using Windows 7 ...
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Can I use a Retail DVD media with an OEM key to install Windows Vista?

I got a Fujitsu computer with OEM license key and Windows Vista. I would like to reinstall Windows on it. But I didn't get any Windows media with it. However, I do poses more than just one DVD ...
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Will I have to do any update or upgrade at the release date of the Windows 8 OS?

I'm a MSDN subscriber and I would like to download and setup Windows 8 (x64) (legally of course) on my computer. The question I currently asking myself is the following : Will I have to do any update ...
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Does VirtualBox takes up a Windows license key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Windows 7 licensing work for running the OS as Virtual Machines? I have Windows 7, 3 cd-keys. I use one on this PC, but i want to have a win7 virtual machine in ...
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Microsoft Office tracking license marks/keys in saved files (doc/docx/xls etc.)?

Does Microsoft Office use any marks/keys in saved files, that can track the computer and software license using which file was saved? E.g.: I use Office at work and save files on pendrive. When I'm ...
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Visual Studio 2010 Professional, is it legal to install on a second pc?

Suppose you have Visual Studio 2010 Professional installed on the desktop pc and also want to install it on a laptop to have it available when traveling. Is this legal? Thanks.
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Recovering licensed windows from bad hard disk

I have a Acer laptop which has Win XP installed. It's hard disk has gone bad. The laptop did not come with a recovery disk but instead had a Windows recovery partition on its hard disk. If I buy a ...
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Upgrading to Windows 8 and keeping Windows 7

If I pay the $39.99 for the upgrade from Windows 7, will I still be able to use my Windows 7 license on another PC? I know it probably isn't supposed to work, but does anyone know for sure?
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Is it possible to use Windows 7 64-bit key on 32bit simultaneously?

I have my laptop which got Windows 7 64-bit OS. For development purposes I have installed Windows 7 32bit on VirtualBox on same laptop. Is it possible to use same key for 32-bit OS on VirtualBox ...
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Is there a way to purchase an Office License that'll work for X number of machines?

A little question really regarding Office Licenses - is there a way to purchase an Office License giving you access to X number of machines on that license - so that when you install Office you aren't ...
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How do I tell what version of Windows XP a license is good for?

My buddy's computer is not working. I want to re-install windows on it, but I'm not sure what version of Windows XP (home, pro, etc) the license sticker on it is good for. Is there a way I can tell? I ...
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Using Microsoft Software and license keys

Do software packages from Microsoft like Windows 7, Office 2010, Visio etc. have any link to the context in which they originally have been obtained (e.g. obtained via MSDNAA or BizSpark in ...
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Is it possible upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows XP/Vista/7 OEM?

In a Microsoft's post about Windows 8 upgrade it is written: We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running ...
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Can I transfer a Win7 upgrade if the upgraded OS was retail? [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? I have new system ...
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Can I change Windows keys and downgrade to a different version?

I installed Windows 7 but the licence key apparently is wrong. I installed from a downloaded ISO which, I guess, installed the highest version of Windows 7 (Ultimate) with a pirated key when I ...
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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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Can i upgrade Photoshop CS6 to Adobe Creative Suite 6 at a discounted price?

I've had a look around on the official Adobe Shop website, but I couldn't find a clear answer for this.. I am a freelance developer and I have recently purchased Adobe Photoshop CS6 through the ...
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Will upgrading to Windows 7 Professional from Home Premium remove Media Center?

My computer came with a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. If I upgrade it to Windows 7 Professional, what will happen to Media Center? Will it be deleted because it's not available in Professional, or ...