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 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 ...
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Is there a way to establish what version a Windows 7 product key is?

I have a Windows 7 product key that I foolishly did not label. Rather than downloading and creating disks for however many different ISOs exist (Basic, Pro, Ultimate, 32-bit/64-bit, upgrade, full ...
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Re-clone a Oracle Virtualbox machine but to keep Windows 7 license?

My linked-clone machine is down for now and I need to re-clone it from the original machine. The problem is that I have use a Windows 7 license key on this machine, ie. if I delete it and clone the ...
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What is “Content ID”? How to add , remove or change it?

I hear that video files had a so called Content ID which is used to identify that? What is a content ID? Is it a fixed length code store inside the video file? Or is it an ID given on registration ...
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How can I upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise Edition?

Our IT guy mistakenly set up Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition instead of Enterprise Edition. The machine has 64GB of RAM, and Standard only supports 32GB, so half of it is unusable. Is there a way to ...
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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 ...