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Does a full, retail license of Windows 8 exist? (Not OEM, not upgrade)

I will buy windows 8 soon, I have 2 laptops and want to know if it will allow me to install the same windows on both machines or i should buy an extra licence?

  • You can use the same disk, but you only be able to legally activate a single system. – Zoredache Oct 31 '12 at 19:11
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    Only if you are wearing an eyepatch and have a hook. – Loren Pechtel Oct 31 '12 at 19:13

short answer, legally:no.

When you have two laptops, you expect both of them to be able to validate their licenses with Microsoft. That won't be possible. Only one of them will be activated at one time.

Personal Use License

Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software.

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Technically yes,

  • Install on first laptop.
  • Wipe from first laptop.
  • Install on second laptop.

So yes, you can install it twice.

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  • You know that's not what he was looking to do! :) (I didn't downvote you BTW.) – Karan Oct 31 '12 at 19:55
  • I know. But I can not believe the OP was as stupid as his question. Nobody is that dense. So I answered in kind. :) – Hennes Oct 31 '12 at 19:56
  • Meh, I remember seeing a few more in this vein in the last few days... Apparently some people are! (Possibly they're thinking of going legit for the first time?) – Karan Oct 31 '12 at 20:00
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    "Nobody is that dense" oh really? You should hang out in some area's where I live. – Moab Oct 31 '12 at 20:35

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