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 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 does Windows 7 licensing work for running the OS as Virtual Machines?

I plan on buying Windows 7 Ultimate Edition to run on an old Pentium 4. I also want to run Windows 7 virtual machines inside Windows 7. My question is two fold: Do I need a license for each Virtual ...
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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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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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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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Can I transfer a Windows 7 license to another computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I was thinking of buying Windows 7 ...
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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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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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Can we use Windows 7 Home Premium for work?

I'd like our company to buy me a new laptop, but as I want quadcore i7 720QM, there are a lot of models with Windows 7 Home Premium, and few with Windows 7 Professional. I have looked in the edition ...
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Is my Windows 7 x86 license key valid for a x64 installation of Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I've just got a new laptop with Windows ...
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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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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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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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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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Consequences of Windows Genuine Advantage Warning?

On my desktop at home, the only reason I boot Windows is Team Fortress 2. Lately Windows Genuine Advantage has been telling me that my Windows is illegitimate. I get a black screen with a notification ...
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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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How to remove or deactivate my windows 7 licence on one computer and use it on another [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When installing Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I want to remove my windows 7 ...
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Microsoft Home Use Program - use more than one computer

I purchased a copy of MS Office through Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) It basically allows you get a very cheap copy for home use if your employer owns the licence. My question is: Can I install it ...
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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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Can I reuse the licence of Windows XP from laptop to desktop

I purchased a HP Laptop with preinstalled Windows XP. The laptop has not worked for a few years now. I have recently purchased a desktop and can I use the same license key to get Windows XP ...
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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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Recovering a Windows XP License key

I threw out a Windows XP machine a while ago (the motherboard failed). I kept the hard drive and the XP installation media. Problem is the license key was on a sticker on the machine - doh! The ...
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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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Legal to install an OEM license of Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion?

I have a desktop (HP) and a laptop (MacBook Pro). HP is currently running Vista Ultimate. (It came with Vista Premium; I formatted it and installed Vista Ultimate because I had a license for that on ...
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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 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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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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Same Windows 7 license key on a laptop and a desktop — legal?

I would like to know if it is legal to use the same Windows 7 Home Premium license key on my laptop and on my desktop? Someone told me that I could because MS allows you to use the same key on a ...
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On how many computers can I install Microsoft Office 2010 Professional?

I have bought one copy of Office 2010 Pro. How many computers can I install it on?
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What will happen if I activate my Windows XP VM?

I made a Windows VM with Virtualbox in Ubuntu linux. I used the install disc that came with my laptop (I have a paid license for Windows XP). When I started my VM for the first time, it asked me to ...
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Explain Adobe's Deactivation Process to Me

My computer's on the fritz and in preparation of the thing going into the basement, I need to grab all the old software from it. In this case, namely the copy of CS5 on it. I hear of a deactivation ...
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Can a license purchased in one country be used in another country?

My company has branches in France and India. The France office has bought sharepoint licenses for the development center in India. My IT support team says that they cannot use the licenses here in ...
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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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One License and multiple PCs, how does it work?

EDIT: This question is about the win7 box, not an OEM license. Hi, I'm planning on getting windows 7 home basic for my machine. However, I'm also planning on building a PC in the next year or two. ...
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Is it legal to use windows 7 home premium as business?

Someone told me this was illegal, is it?
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Reload OEM Windows XP

I have a computer that came with Windows XP Home (with the sticker on it that has the product key). I used it for some time with a (legally obtained) copy of Windows. Now I want to reload the ...
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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 there any value in a Windows 98 license? [closed]

Cleaning up some old papers, I found a Windows 98 license certificate. Does this have any value at all, or should I just toss it?
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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 to tell if my license is OEM?

I got a Windows 7 license key from my university for my computer. I have 2 computers though, is it okay if I use the same key for both of them? According to this, unless it is OEM license it should ...
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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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XP / Vista License on virtual box

My laptop came with vista and XP licenses. I since removed them and installed ubuntu instead. I have a piece of software that is known not to run on crossover or wine. When i try to install windows ...
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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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What are the license terms of Microsoft products that are no longer supported?

What are the license terms of Microsoft products that are no longer supported? Like Windows 98 or Microsoft Money?
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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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Getting new computer case. How to remove COA label

I am getting a new Case for my custom build but I already put the COA sticker on the side of my old case. Does anyone have any recommendations how to remove it without destroying it? I thought about ...
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Can I install Microsoft Office 2010 on multiple computers?

I bought Office 2010. You can install it on a pc and a laptop. I don't have a laptop, but do my work from my home computer as well. Can I install it on my home computer instead of the laptop?
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Transfer a Windows 8 license from a netbook to a laptop

I recently treated myself to a new laptop and then realised that it came with Windows 8 Core, not Pro. However, a while back when it was first released, I bought a Windows 8 Pro License while it was ...
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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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Development Virtual Machine - Is Windows XP still a possible option

I want to separate my development work from my routine work. My host OS is Windows 7. I was wondering if Windows XP would be a viable choice for the guest OS. I do not own a copy of Windows XP now. ...