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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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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Acquire Windows XP License Keys Legally

I'd like to get my hands on to legal Windows XP keys so that I could setup a few virtual machines. I'm a software developer and this would be greatly useful. I'm willing to buy them (cheaply) if ...
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What does the Office 365 Small Business Premium “1 User/5 PCs” actually mean?

For the past year, we used four Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Licenses for four users, each with their own Office 365 accounts logged into their machines. Those licenses expired in the ...
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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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Cloning Windows 7: What happens to previous machine?

Similar questions have been asked a number of times before too, but mine is slightly different and I'm not able to find an answer to it. I upgraded my HDD from 320GB to 500GB and cloned old disk's ...
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Detecting if an image was generated from unlicensed software

I am not a hardcore graphic designer but I’m knowledgeable in the use of some graphic design tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Let’s say I use pirated/unlicensed copy of these software ...
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What are the license(s) of the Linux man pages?

What is the license on the Linux man pages? GPL, Public Domain, etc? The Wikipedia page about the man doesn't appear to have any info about the licensing status of the man pages.
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It is legal to reinstall OEM Localized Windows with English Windows? [closed]

I have bought Laptop with Windows 8 CZ (Czech localization). I would like to re-install the laptop with Windows 8 EN. It is legal to install English Windows if I bough Czech Windows? Where should I ...
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Do I need to need to deactivate Windows before re-installing [duplicate]

If I would like to reinstall Windows 7 on the same laptop as 64-bit instead of 32-bitusing the original key, would I need to deactivate Windows first using the process shown here or could I just ...
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How to find the actual product key of Microsoft Office 2010?

Where can I find the actual product key of Microsoft Office 2010 ? I use Windows 8 and When I try to open Excel 2010 unlicensed product message appears and need to 25 character input to open it . I ...
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Where is license key for Serena Dimensions

I have Serena Dimensions installed on my computer and used a valid license to register the software to myself. I now need to find that license key. Is it stored somewhere on the computer or in the ...
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Non-commercial use - can I use it in the office? [closed]

A simple question: if a freeware has the license "Free for non-commercial use", can I use it on my office pc? Would that be considered "commercial use"? Commercial use sounds like integrating the ...
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Windows 7 edition from serial? [duplicate]

I have a product key from a Windows Checked build that I'd like to use on a Free version, but the source didn't state the edition the key is bound to. So I don't know what edition should I install.
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Formatting computer without Windows license

I have an old computer that I use for streaming on my TV (The screen on the computer is cracked) I want to format it, haven't done so in a while, BUT, about a year ago my harddrive crashes and the guy ...
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Installing Windows 8 on a second hard drive

I purchased a copy of Windows 8 Pro back when it first came out (when it was the upgrade offer for £25). I'm now in the market for a hard drive upgrade (HDD to SSD) but I'm not sure about my options ...
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How to extend trial or enter product key in Visual Studio Express 2013 on an offline machine [duplicate]

I can't sign in to Visual Studio on this machine because it is not connected to the Internet. My 30-day trial period has expired, and I'm no longer able to use this product. Is there any workaround ...
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Are free stock imagery usable in books and websites? [closed]

I see a lot of "free" stock imagery and vector graphics available on the Internet, but when I recommend such things for use on publications or websites, my clients ask me for printable licenses or any ...
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Is Outguess free as in freedom? [closed]

All is in the question : Outguess is gratis, but I don't know if it's free. I've searched but do not found nothing.
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SPSS version 22 ERROR: attempt to connect to a remote server failed

If anyone can help, I'm at my wits end here and my class starts Monday. I have installed SPSS statistics 22 on my Win7 Home 64-bit SP 1 and it will not run. I am on an HP Pavilion dv7 with tons of ...
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How to remote access a HDD-locked (node-locked) license?

I have a software license that is locked to my HDD at work (unfortunately...). During the break I want to do some work from home, but I cannot debug without the license. I am thinking of connecting ...
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How can I get volume licensing pricing for Windows 7 or 8? [closed]

I have just spent the last 45 minutes reading through MS's licensing pages and still cannot for the life of me figure out how to find out how much it is for volume licensing, for say 8 copies of ...
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Install my own copy of Windows 7 Retail on a Lenovo PC with BIOS-based license

I have acquired a Lenovo PC. Whatever OS was installed is long gone, the hard drive is totally wiped. I plan to install my own (legitimate) copy of Windows 7 x64 Retail. The BIOS seems to have some ...
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refurbishing computers - windows licensing [closed]

I thought about refurbishing a couple of computers with Windows 7 or 8. Which license/version would I need to get to be "legal"? Where would I get it? Thanks edit: I mustn't have made myself clear. I ...
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Windows 7 OEM license on Macbook? [closed]

A lot of sellers offer OEM licenses with COA stickers on ebay. Assuming that license and sticker are genuine and lic key was never activated, would it be 100% legal if I buy one and use on my Macbook ...
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Cheap Windows 7 - is it a scam? [closed]

I need to purchase a genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit for several self-made computers. I googled the price and found that in stores like Newegg and Amazon it's never less than $190-200. But I found ...
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Product Key issue with MS Office 2010 click-to-run

I'm working on a client's PC that has MS Office Home and Student installed. The unusual thing is that there is no winword.exe or the like for the applications. The shortcuts point to "C:\Program ...
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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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Installing the same copy of windows on multiple VMs on the same Mac - licensing issues?

I have a single license for Windows 8, which I installed within Parallels. I wondered if I am allowed to clone this VM, or create another using the same key, on the same Mac? I think cloning would ...
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How can I upgrade from Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit?

I just ordered a laptop, and it came with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I want Vista Home Premium 64-bit on it. I'm planning a reinstall. Does anyone know if my product key for Vista 32-bit will also ...
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Can I use Office 365 Business Premium at home for personal use?

Basic Question I want to know if there is anything preventing me from using the one of the business plans for personal use. The important part is I want to find an official Microsoft webpage or ...
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Windows 2008 licensing - reinstall in VirtualBox

When I install Windows 2008 server in Oracle's VirtualBox, and I need to re-install either or both, is there going to be a problem re-activating the Windows server? Must the VirtualBox version be the ...
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Software does not open over a VPN/RDP connection

I am at home and I have established a VPN tunnel and RDP session into my workstation at the office where I work. There is a specific piece of software that I'd like to use. When I'm physically at my ...
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Google SketchUp network licensing issue

We have 10 licenses for Google SketchUp in my local office. We store the license file on a network drive that is accessible to all users. We've been finding that, at most, only 3 or 4 people can run ...
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Can I “transfer” my Windows 7 license to a virtual machine running on the same computer?

I've read the blog post on license transfer, but I'm not clear in the case where I already have a licensed, activated copy of Windows 7 running on my PC but want to move that license to a VM running ...
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Downgraded Windows 8 to Windows 7 - Activating with license stored in BIOS? [duplicate]

I'm having a few issues regarding a downgrade I am attempting. I've recently bought a Lenovo M30-70 from our supplier, this laptop came with Windows 8 Pre-installed. I've installed Windows 7 on the ...
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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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Do I need licencse to run IBM Websphere MQ Explorer?

I am using IBM Websphere MQ Explorer and IBM Packaging utility. I assumed they are free to use cause they are readily available for download off of IBM's website and don't have any expiration timer. ...
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Change Windows Activation/License back to a trial

I need to convert a Window 7 installation on a VM (which is licensed and activated) back to a trial. What are the steps to do this? REASON for this (since one of the comments has asked): Need to ...
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GCC license and compiled apps [closed]

GCC has a GPL license, so does that mean whatever i compile most be open-source? And what happens if i use a framework that has the GPL licence while compiling with GCC? Thanks.
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how to create a ioncube license.txt file for a project

I am using ioncube php encode for my project. Please let me know how to create a license file and load to the encode.I have tried with the below command. After encoding the project is not loading. ...
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How can I add my license key to my USB windows 7 install?

I'm making my USB bootable Windows 7 install, and I'd like to put my license key on the install media. I've looked online but can't seem to find anything on this, and on my own I don't even know where ...
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Windows virtualization and licensing [closed]

I have a stock Windows 8.1 computer which I want to virtualize in order to try some (lots of) software. To do so, I "converted" my Windows 8.1 machine with the intention to run it under vmware on the ...
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Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Ultimate license problem

I have installed a volume licensed version of Expression Studio 4 Ultimate. When I contacted support, I was told that a product key is not required for volume license version. But after I installing ...
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How to activate Windows 7 with BIOS license

I got a new DELL Latitude E6440 laptop, and after finding what I thought was the licence key I habitually reinstalled it using a vanilla Windows 7 disc in order to get rid of bloatware. The ...
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Is it possible to downgrade server 2012 to server 2008 R2?

We have purchased a server 2012 license, however the software we need to use only works with 2008 R2. I have already installed and activated server 2012, is it possible to downgrade to 2008 R2 or ...
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Move SQL Server 2008 to virtual machine

I have a physical server that uses SQL server 2008 in managing my warehouse. We desperately want to virtualize this server. Would I need to buy a new SQL server license? Or is there a way to use ...
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How to make sure that installed Windows 7 OS is genuine, when buying used laptop?

Soon I am going to buy a used laptop computer. I am checking advertisements, and some of the sellers promise a genuine copy of Windows 7 OS installed on the system. On a couple of occasions I have ...
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Is softicle.com legit? [closed]

I was recently trying to re-install a Windows 8 machine, when I discovered that no installation media was provided with my machine. I then discovered this website, softicle.com. Here you can download ...
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Can I Transfer The Windows 8 License of My Laptop to My Desktop?

My sister asked me to fix her Sony Vaio VPCCW23FX which she had recently installed Windows 8 Pro. However, that model is not compatible with Windows 8 and is having problems. We restored it to the ...
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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 ...