Questions tagged [license]

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 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 reinstalling ...
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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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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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Is Synergy free to use if you compile it yourself? [closed]

I have been working with Synergy for quite a while now, but I have always been using older versions, as the current version is paid. I don't think anybody ever asked this question, as I searched for ...
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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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Is it possible to install Windows 10 as the host OS and as one or several guest(s)?

With a single license of Windows 10, is it possible to install the OS at the same time as: The OS of the host machine (the non-virtual machine) The OS of one or several guest system(s) In such ...
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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 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 Ultimate ...
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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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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 legally ...
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Creating a Master Image to roll out to 30 new Machines Licensing Issues

At my company we are buying 30 new Identical PC's from Dell so we have standard setup. What i want to know is if its possible to configure one of these machines to our specification as a master and ...
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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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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 7 x86 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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On how many device can install a single user license of Visual Studio 2012?

I have my eye on Visual Studio 2012. I'm buying it for myself so I only want to pay for one user license. I have my desktop computer at home, my work laptop, and a tablet. On how many devices can I ...
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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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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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How do I manage the link between a Windows 10 license and a Microsoft account?

In at least two help pages, Microsoft explains that a Windows 10 license can be linked to a Microsoft account, allowing it to be easily moved between computers: Reactivating Windows 10 after a ...
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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 laptop Am ...
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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 genuine ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 10 host and Linux guest, can I swap the two license wise?

I have Windows 10 64-bit Pro. I took the free upgrade from a retail copy of Windows 8.1 Pro. Right now I have a Windows 10 host with a Linux guest. My system supports VT-x and VT-d for passing a ...
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Which files within a win 7 cd report info about exact license type

As described in title I'm looking for a way to know which type of license come with a Win7 (Pro SP1) CD: Retail, OEM and so on... But I'm interested in understanding which files contained in ...
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Is Windows 10 OEM Home upgrade to Pro possible?

I am considering purchasing the desktop computer that fits my requirements, except it comes with Windows 10 Home while I need the Pro edition. Is an upgrade of the OEM version after purchase offered ...
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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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VirtualBox on Linux: What Windows image to use and where to get it?

I am a heavy Linux user, both professional and private. Since I almost never use Microsoft Windows I don't know very much about it so apologies if this is a really stupid question. There is one ...
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New ssd, keep win 10 licensed?

upgraded from win 7 to win 10 a few months ago. Just bought a new ssd. How do I maintain my license for windows 10? Install normally and use the serial number I currently have?
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One License and multiple PCs, how does it work?

This question is about win7, not an OEM license. 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. Now, I've read ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to establish what version a Windows 7 product key is?

I have a Windows 7 product key that I foolishly did not label. Rather than downloading and creating disks for however many different ISOs exist (Basic, Pro, Ultimate, 32-bit/64-bit, upgrade, full ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 installation....
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Can I run virtual windows with my OEM license?

I'm currently running linux with windows dualboot. I've installed windows 10 successfully with my OEM Windows 7 Pro license that came together with my dell XPS, this was possible due to microsoft ...