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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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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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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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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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Windows 7 Licensing - Old Computer to New

I'm now a Mac user, but used to have a Windows laptop that I upgraded from Vista to 7 quite a while back (2 years now). I've not used the machine since I got my Mac, and wondered if there is any way ...
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Is there any software to identify whether PC installed any pirated software? [closed]

There are some employee in company that installed pirated software in their PC and I scared they use for commercial use, so, I decided to use kind of a software to detect whether their PC installed ...
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Is there a way to buy a Windows 7 License key without media?

I've already got two Win7 Pro disks in my case, and all I need is another license. The computer shop is about an hour away, and I'm feeling lazy. Is there any way to purchase a license key without ...
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Any legal/Microsoft way to make Windows 7 installation legal by purchasing a key for it

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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How does Microsoft Security Essentials licensing work for small businesses using Windows 8?

On the Microsoft Security Essentials homepage, it states the following: Need security for your business? Microsoft Security Essentials is available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your ...
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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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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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OEM Operating System for an Existing PC

Say that I'd recently purchased 10 PCs from a retailer, but ordered them without any OEM operating systems, am I then at a later date allowed to go back to the same retailer and purchase 10 copies of ...
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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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Advice on in place upgrade of Windows 7 to Windows 8

I have two machines running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, one workstation and one laptop. Both about two years old but fairly powerful and with SSD disks. (But not with UEFI BIOS) I am considering ...
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Oracle licensing /pricing?

Question: I'd like to download Oracle 11g database for evaluation purposes. Now I found this link for downloads: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/index.html ...
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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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Microsoft Windows Licensing, transferring from old to “complete” new PC

In an question i asked, it seems that one phone call will help to transfer the licensed copy of windows to the replaced hardware Microsoft Windows Licensing, Validity/transferring between ...
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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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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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Sharing Windows Store apps between accounts

In Windows 8 it seems natural to me that each person in a family has their own Microsoft Account with which they log in. If you pay for an app on the Windows Store, you can install that same app on ...
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Windows 7 Professional Student Version

I have a version of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional which I obtained from MSDN Academic Alliance. I wish to install it, but the following section in the MSDNAA EULA somewhat concerns me: MSDNAA ...
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Some of my computers say 'PRO OA' on the OEM license sticker, others say 'PRO OA MEA', what's the difference

In a nutshell, some of my Windows 7 machines say 'PRO OA' on the sticker, others say 'PRO OA MEA'. What does this mean?
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Will a Windows 7 Ultimate key work on Windows 7 Enterprise?

I had work install a home copy of Windows 7 Enterprise edition on my laptop. I'm leaving the job, and I need to buy a copy of Windows. Most editions I'm able to find are Ultimate edition, not ...
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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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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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What are the licensing differences between Windows 8 Professional x64 fqc-05955 and fqc-05956? [closed]

If I do a search for Windows 8 Professional x64 in my country, the only version I can find is having the code fqc-05955 and is labeled OEM. If I perform same search on amazon.com, the only version I ...
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Activating windows 7

I bought Windows 7 Home Premium about a month ago and loaded it onto my computer. My daughter, who is staying with me, also wants Windows 7. I'm getting money next week and want to buy the Home ...
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ZFS distribution in Linux kernel? [closed]

If anyone has a better title for this question feel free to edit I am wondering about something related to the conflict between CDDL (Sun's license) and the GPL. Mainly pertaining to the reason ZFS ...
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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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1answer
310 views

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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1answer
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Office 2007 install limit

I reached my install limit due to broken PC's needing to be replaced a few times by the manufacturer. Can I get my install limit reset somehow? Suggestions?
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1answer
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How do you convert KMS licensed windows 7 to MAK licensed?

I have Windows 7 Business/Enterprise that are automatically configured to use KMS licensing. How do I convert it to MAK mode licensing? In the past I did this with slmgr however I forgot the ...
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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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what is the part number of genuine full retail non-OEM non-MSDN non-Academic non-Upgrade Windows 7 Pro w/ 32-bit and 64-bit DVDS? [closed]

what is the part # of genuine full retail non-OEM non-MSDN non-Academic non-Upgrade Windows 7 Pro w/ 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs? (So I know what I'm installing...)
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Running additional copies of Windows in a VM Licensing

Can I run additional copies of Windows as guest VM's legally using the license on the host machine (the idea behind this is to isolate my main computer from bugs in shell extension code under ...
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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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Do I need a license to create pdf files? [closed]

I hope this is the correct place where I could ask this question. My mother is an accountant with a degree in economics. She works as a freelancer and she needs some licenses for her job. The biggest ...
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Can I upgrade Windows 7 32bit to 64bit? [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'm about to reinstall my copy of ...
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Can I use the same Windows 7 license for a virtual machine and native (on the same computer)?

I run OS X as my usual operating system. I've purchased a copy of Windows 7 which I've installed as a guest in VMware Fusion. Everything's fine so far. Now -- I'd like to also have a native ...
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Activate OEM Windows XP after upgrading HDD and reinstalling

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop that's a few years old. I've just bought a new 320GB HDD for it, and am looking to rebuild it. I still have the OEM DVDs from Dell that Windows XP was installed ...
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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 7 MAK deactivation

I have 50 MAK Windows 7 licensees. I want to reformat my computer for a fresh install. How do I do this without needing to activate a 2nd time? The computer is still functioning and in fact I used ...
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Preinstalled Windows vs. OEM Installation Key License: Two licenses or one?

Preinstalled copies of Windows on computers usually have a different serial number than the one that comes with the recovery media. As such, does that mean that I now have two licenses to Windows, or ...
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How to upgrade to a bigger disk?

I've a laptop (IBM T42) which has its current bog standard 30GB disk, the user is running out of space and thus I'm upgrading them to a 160GB disk. I'd rather avoid paying the Windows XP license ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Run Photoshop on VM (virtual machine) to increase calculation power, without violating the licence agreement (EULA) [closed]

A question concerning the possibility to run Photoshop as VM without violating the license agreement (EULA) : My Adobe Photoshop is very slow, and sometimes I need to launch thousands of image ...
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Windows licensing dilemma: Technet to Retail same version upgrade?

I have a bunch of computers that are running technet Win 7 Pro licenses (intended to be evaluation only, but fully functional). These machines need to "go legit" in the near future. Can I use an ...
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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 ...