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Can I virtualize a retail copy of Windows 7 on a different machine than I originally installed it on now that it's Win 10?

I have two PCs. For the first, which was blank, I bought a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and installed it a few years ago. Then, when the Windows 10 free upgrade was announced, I waited a few ...
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What is the maximum number of activations Microsoft allows for an OEM Windows 7 license?

Assume that I have a very very bad user (trying to use nice language) who loves to format his Windows drive once in a week. It's always the same hard drive and the same user. So, how many times can ...
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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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What version of Windows does this key correspond to?

My laptop has a version of Windows 8.1 of some sort, that has Hyper-V capability, but its HDD recently crashed so I can't say for sure what edition it was. I have a product key recorded elsewhere that ...
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Does a full, retail license of Windows 8 exist? (Not OEM, not upgrade)

Ever since the days of Windows 95, Microsoft has distinguished between an OEM license, an upgrade, and a full version. Here's the difference as I understand it: Upgrade license: Requires you to own ...
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What are the origins and license of freetype6.dll?

Regarding freetype6.dll: Which product does it belong to? What license does it fall under? In my research, it appears to belong to the Windows OS, and probably ships with all licensed copies of ...
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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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Domain users unable to save Flexnet licence server path

Hy, i'm having troubles with saving licence information on lab computers, but only with domain user accounts. I have dedicated licence server with FlexLM service configured and corresponding floating ...
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New motherboard - activating Windows 10 free upgrade

I had upgraded from Windows 8.0 (retail) to 8.1 to 10. Is there a guaranteed way of successfully activating Windows 10 after I change my motherboard? I am prepared to reinstall Windows 8 and ...
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Using existing Windows 8 after upgrade to Windows 10

The first part of my question was where can I get my Windows 8 Key but that has already been answered elsewhere. The second part is if I do the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, can I use ...
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Buying MS SQL server, confused about CAL needs [closed]

I'm extremely confused as to which version of SQL server to buy... I've found versions for around $599 and then some for around $1,100... Currently we're running Express and only need to upgrade ...
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Windows - how to install one program but have the ability to swap its settings/licenses (container?) [duplicate]

This is an odd one to explain, bear with me. We have a program, call it Program-A. We run this program on our Windows machines on behalf of customers, but each customer has their own license for it. ...
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Clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 from OEM key

I have recently acquired a laptop with an OEM Windows 8 product key. I am interested in a clean install of Windows 8.1. I do not have any original install media, only recovery disks, and the ...
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Windows TS licensing not allowing more than 2 connections

I have two servers both running Windows Server 2012 R2. One has the Remote Desktop License Role and the other has the rest of the RD roles (Session Host, Broker, Web Access). I have the license server ...
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Can I use personal Office 365 small business premium install on my job work computer [closed]

I have an office 365 small business premium subscription that entitles me to 5 installs. I use it for my small business, consisting of me only. I do have a couple of installs left. I am also a ...
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Installing Windows 8 using an existing key

Is there an option to enter an existing Windows 8 license key in the Upgrade Assistant? I bought the License during my first try, but it got stuck at 62% when readying devices so I had to restore my ...
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Windows Server OEM License [closed]

My IT department bought a Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter license from Provantage and we were having trouble installing it; after closer investigation, it appears to be an HP OEM license and won't work on ...
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Will a clean install of Windows 8 recognize an OEM license/product key?

As I understand it, OEM computers that come with Windows 8 preinstalled has the license/product key stored in the BIOS/on the motherboard somewhere. If you do a clean install (*) of Windows 8 (for ...
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Accept Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Home Premium does not support incoming Remote Desktop connections by default (i.e. as a Terminal Services server). But, do ways exist to enable Remote Desktop (server) via a registry ...
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Can I use the same OEM windows 7 key on two computers in my house

Will I be able to, and what is the worst that can happen to my laptop with the original OEM key. Will Microsoft invalid my key on both computers or not. And my brother did this for the other computer ...
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Unable to install Windows product key - error 0x80041015

I decided to install a proper product key for my Windows 8.1. I tried the PC Settings applet, but it refused to accept my key. I tried using slmgr /ipk ...., but got error WBEM_E_TRANSPORT_FAILURE ...
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How can I obtain a Windows XP Professional license for research? [closed]

How can I obtain a Windows XP Professional license for research (legally)?
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Windows 7 GGK license on virtual computer

I have little old ThinkPad with originally Windows XP Pro installed on, which is OEM version I guess. A year ago I totally moved to Ubuntu and used XP rarely in VirtualBox. Not sure if it's legal to ...
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Distribute Windows (XP or 7) as virtual appliance

I'm looking at ways that may be possible to distribute a Microsoft Windows (e.g. 7) virtual appliance (such as VMWare image) pre-configured and installed with a large application of mine. Is this ...
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3rd party library licensing clarification?

We bought a grid control few years ago from company [x] and created a binary(assembly), used it in our commercial product. After a year the license got over, we've not renewed it as we have not ...
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Office 2010 muti region OEM?

Buying a laptop from Germany, we use OEM licensing from the US (all above board, just the OEM loophole) Are OEM licenses multi-region or will we have to buy a specific office product for use in ...
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Any legal/Microsoft way to make Windows 7 installation legal by purchasing a key for it [duplicate]

I searched a lot and there are resources which point to e-bay and others but all that is third party. I would like to buy JUST THE KEY for Windows 7 NOT the media, so I can make the already working ...
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Computer refresh - Efficiently cloning 60 identical computers

To preface my inquiry, I posed a question to the community 3 weeks ago regarding choosing replacement computers for my office of 60 users and had an amazing response. I ended up purchasing 60 HP ...
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Is it possible to buy one photoshop and use virtualization in a way that everyone can use it?

Is it possible to install a main server and install some sort of virtualization technology, pay one price for software such as Photoshop and let everyone user it? Please explain to me why or why not ...
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How does licensing work with Vagrant Windows boxes?

Can a single Windows license be shared between a team (akin to installing on a physical or virtual server) for hosting Vagrant boxes? The Vagrant docs don't seem to address this issue and all the ...
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slsvc service won't start - error code 5

I've Windows Vista SP2. My problem is that Windows Update does not work. I found that slsvc (software licensing service) is disabled on my computer. When I tried to restart it, I got the error ...
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How to let Cloud server to access a Licensing dongle?

In our company, we use licensing USB dongle to control the license management. This dongle typically is plugged in to a server computer on the network. Now some user asked if we have a solution to use ...
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Public domain app to send files to trash in OS X

Is there any Public Domain (using the unlicense or something similar, not really relevant) app that sends files to the trash in OS X? There are a bunch of alternatives to this (example), but I need a ...
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Encrypt all disk and decrypt it depending on the sytem hardware

Is there any tool that can encrypt a whole disk and use a decrypt key based on the hardware of the machine? My goal is to create anti-copy OS that can only run on a specific machine, if i change the ...
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Do I need to buy a MySQL License? [closed]

I am building a non open source web project and using MySQL database. Do I need to pay for a MySQL license or not? and why?
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Which Windows license do I need to install it on all computers in my office?

I want to buy Windows 7 licenses for the computers in my office. It has over 50 PCs. So, what kind of license do I need to buy from Microsoft?
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Image and Deploy New Computers

I am getting several new computers for my office. I want to install Microsoft Office and my proprietary software and all updates on a single PC and create a system image that will be copied to every ...
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Windows OEM Licencing - Are “No OS” Computers OK?

I'm planning to buy a new PC, and I'm considering a PC with no shipped OS because I'm undecided if I'll install Windows 7 or Linux - I'm not paying the Microsoft Tax unless I have to. As far as I ...
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Windows 8 VM lisencing

I just recently upgraded to Windows 8 and all-in-all it has been relatively painless. That is until I tried to create a VM. This is where I found out Microsoft in their infinite wisdom decided to ...
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can i move Windows XP Pro from dead laptop to another PC?

my question is quite legal not technical. My old Samsung Laptop is dead. It comes with Windows XP Pro. I want to know that, can i install that Windows XP to another PC. Is it allowed? Will there be ...
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Multiple Users on Single Machine for MS Office 2010?

Some old information seems to imply that Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 is licensed for a single user, but I'm not sure this is actually so. When I read the Microsoft License Terms here, it ...
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Technet vs MSDN O/S Subscription

Can anyone please explain the differences between a Technet and 'MSDN O/S Subscription' ? I have customers who use a range of different Microsoft operating systems and I want to be able to spin a VM ...
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Open source alternatives to iWork

After I spent few days getting familiar with usability and interface design field, I've got a question. Apple was the initial leader in GUI design research, and today most Mac users use OS X, ...
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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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Dell Windows 7 OA Key- Use on another PC [duplicate]

If I have a Windows 7 COA Sticker on my PC... (it isnt specifically labeled Dell COA) Is it possible that I could use that same key on a totally different PC? My dell computer is outdated. I wanted ...
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Why don't we pay for webhosted apps that use MySQL server? [closed]

I've seen that MySQL (although open source) is not really free for commercial use. Here's their reference very clearly: http://www.mysql.com/about/legal/licensing//commercial-license.html In short ...
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return borrowed MATLAB license to Flex LM server

I am using MATLAB on a Windows 7 x64 machine, and I have successfully borrowed a license from the Flex LM server using the lmutil.exe lmborrow command line utility, but I am unable to return the ...
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License usage for Windows XP remote desktop

I am considering offering a service for my small business that will allow me to host a certain resource for my clients on my own network. Problem is, they need occasional access to it, and it can't ...
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Is a Windows 7 OEM Key valid for 32bit and 64bit?

I have a Sony Vaio VPCEC15FG laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OS (Genuine). Are there any legal problems for burning a customized Windows 7 DVD and keeping it in hand? Since they are not ...
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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 ...