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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Buy old Windows version now and still get the upgrade for free?

We have a little office for our local sports club here. In this office we have three PCs which are all running on Ubuntu. Because all of the PC users in this office are not that well educated in ...
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Is there a way to find out what type of software is used legal or illegal? [on hold]

A lot of users use proprietary softwares illegally for their own benifits. Is there a method or way to find out if the products they produce is either by using a fully accessed software or a cracked ...
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Does Final Cut Pro have an expiration date after purchasing?

I have been trying to Google about this but have not been able to find an answer. Hopefully there is someone that can tell me if Final Cut Pro has any expiration date after purchasing?
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Windows 10 Free Upgrade - What happens to Windows 7/8?

Microsoft is giving Windows 10 away for free to Windows 7/8/8.1 users. If one reserves Windows 10 with the new notification in the tray area, what will happen to their Windows 7/8/8.1 license? Are ...
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How does portable Windows licensing work?

I don't have enough room available on my Mac to be able to Bootcamp it properly, so I've installed Windows 10 as a portable install on a USB flash disk using Rufus. It runs smoothly and it's fine for ...
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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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Transferring Windows 10 lisence after clean install

I got an SSD and did a clean installation of windows 10 after downloading the official ISO image. The old HDD is still able to boot the old windows 10 installation. Now I need to activate the new ...
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Preinstalled Windows 7 vs. Vendor Win10 on DVD vs. Win10 from Microsoft

I bought a new HP ProDesk 400. This machine has a preinstalled Windows 7 Pro, which I could setup manually. I also got a Windows 10 Pro DVD from HP (labeled 'DVD-Kit 836297-DW2') I don't see any COA ...
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Activate WinXP Pro downloaded from MSDN with a retail license key [duplicate]

I've rebuilt an old laptop for a friend that had WinXP Pro installed. I downloaded an ISO from my MSDN subscriber account because I figured that's a safe and legal way to get the ISO, and I'd just use ...
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HP G430 G2 OEM Issue

I'm having an issue with a HP 430 G2, I switched out the HDDs so the user could quickly get back working on a functional machine. However the windows activation is now deactivated itself as it doesn't ...
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Can I change an O365 2013 office install to a retail license?

If I install a retail license of MS Office 2013 on a computer, anyone who logs into that computer can use the software correct?- just want to make sure MS hasn't made any changes to the basic retail ...
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If I replace my GPU will Win10 still recognise my PC as having a valid license?

I read Win10 ties the free license that comes with upgrading from Win7 to the hardware configuration. If I replace my GPU will it still recognise my PC as having a valid license?
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Possible to upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 and keep 8.1?

Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from 8.1 Pro retail version and keep 8.1? I've read this Win Super Site article about upgrading to reserve it for free before the July 29th deadline, like ...
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Can I install & licence Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB on a 'Stand-Alone' Machine?

We currently ship custom machines for use in industrial control, they run Windows 7 with a shell replacement. They are connected to a network, but not a member of a domain and in normal use do not ...
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Which version of Windows 7 to buy to legally use in Ubuntu VirtualBox? [closed]

I've read that Windows 7 cannot be virtualized on non-licensed PCs. Ubuntu isn't licensed with Microsoft's license, of course, which means that I cannot use it to virtualize Windows 7. I've read that ...
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Windows Update after MSDN Operating Systems subscription expires

My MSDN Operating Systems subscription is going to expire. Since that product has been discontinued by Microsoft, I'm considering my options, and one of them is simply let my subscription expires. ...
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Is it possible to transfer an OEM Windows 10 license?

I would like to change the drive on my laptop to a SSD. I use Windows 10 and I have two options : clone the HDD to an SSD install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on the new drive Since I would like to ...
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CLIPUP.EXE : What will happen after accidental execution?

I came across clip.exe which was a cli tool for capturing text from the command prompt into the windows clipboard. I wanted to see if there was any other similar tool (eg to print the clipboard text ...
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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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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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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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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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Determine if product key is used on multiple computers

I'm the sole programmer at company. Not only that, I'm the sole person who's remotely computer literate above the "I can check my email". As such, I've been asked to go to all the machines, and ...
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How to audit all the software installed on a PC [closed]

one of my customers is going to be audited by a Microsoft partner to check if all the installed software is legal. So far, so good with the software I installed: all the Windows XP machines have ...
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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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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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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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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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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 particular)...
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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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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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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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Do I need license 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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Windows Licensing: Validity of transferring between burnt/working motherboards

I would like to license a copy of Windows XP and Windows 7 for four to five PCs. Purchasing legal content is expensive, especially for those living in a poverty-stricken state; if an individual ...
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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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Windows server CAL for accessing tcp ports [closed]

Is there any license for accessing the TCP port from a server without accessing the folders? Whether CAL is required for that? I do have 2 windows server OS license and I have 1 user CAL for the ...
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Windows 7 product key, which is the valid one - in registry or on a sticker?

I am not too familiar with the software licensing and how this all works, but I have a question regarding Windows 7 and partially Office - generally Microsoft products. I have been asked to assist our ...
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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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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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Microsoft Office 2010 on four home computers

The license says up to 3 computers, and right now I've just acquired a fourth computer that I need to use. How can I include this computer into my license without purchasing a whole new license? Is ...
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Revoke MS Office 2013 license

A laptop I don't have anymore has a copy of MS Office 2013 Professional installed on it. I don't want the person who now has it to have a free license since I paid for it. Is there a way to revoke ...
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Win 7 installed.. Change Mobo + Processor, Will it work?

I have Win 7 x64 installed in my computer. ( Intel C2duo + Some mATX Asus Mobo) .. I am planning to upgrade my comp and i was going to buy a diff mobo and planning to buy AMD Athlon2 X4 proc. So i was ...
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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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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 ...