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Windows Server 2022 RDS Cal Licensing

I'm using Windows Server 2022, I'm actually playing with RDS Role. I read that I can have 2 concurrent sessions without buying any RDS CAL (User/Device whatever). What if I need 3 concurrent session? ...
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How to confirm that the licensing for a fresh install of Windows 10 is active and valid?

A trusted local computer shop provided a magical thumb drive, and after installing Windows I get: PS C:\Users\saund> PS C:\Users\saund> PS C:\Users\saund> [System.Environment]::OSVersion....
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2 Windows licenses on 2 SSDs and switching them

I have an HP ZBook Fury G8 and It has a locked BIOS and very strict security rules in Windows. I want to install and use my own Windows operating system, which will be on a different SSD. I plan to ...
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Cannot get variables from Windows activation through Wmic SoftwareLicensingProduct

I'm trying to get Windows 10 Licensing Informations through WMIC SoftwareLicensingProduct reading in a loop but it displays nothing... The command line itself produces the right information in a CMD ...
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How can most apps play AAC for free?

Web says that AAC is not a free format, and decoding software must pay the fee. I have downloaded a sample AAC file, and tried playing it with free apps. On Android, Google Files, VLC, and Musicolet ...
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Problems activating Windows 10 Pro on new digital licensed computers when using an imaged HDD containing same OS version

I'm having trouble with activating Windows 10 Pro on computers that come with an OEM digital license for Windows 10 Pro. Here's some background.. I have a company that performs video surveillance ...
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windows server (standard) licence more than 16 cores. How it works?

Hy! How does windows server additional core licence works? My server has 2 CPU 16core/CPU. So I need to buy a licence for 32 core. Server 2019 standard licence (P73-07791) good for 16 core. I still ...
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Adobe stopped Adobe Programs (Acrobat, Photoshop, Creatve Cloud Apps,...) running on windows 7

As I have installed the full Creative Cloud Suite on a Windows 7 machine, some day ago all programs, including Acrobat DC, stopped working. At start, a pop-up windows tells, "Your subscription ...
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Buy a Windows OEM license to gain access to Windows ARM builds in order to play Elite Dangerous

I want to run Windows on ARM via the Parallels tech preview on my MacBook Air M1. If I buy an OEM license for Windows 10 (home or professional?) will I be able to activate the Windows Insider ...
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Microsoft Store showing old product license [duplicate]

I had Windows 10 Pro volume license. After the first Windows setup, that license associated the motherboard. When I setup Windows again it is activating automatic. I do not want it. Recently, I found ...
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"Your windows license will expire soon" Popping up every couple of minutes

This dialog has popped up more than 20 times since I booted up my computer. Before, it would show itself once, then go away. When I go to settings there's nothing unusual, and it doesn't show me that ...
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How to Find Windows MSDN Product Keys

I have 2 PCs and one Virtual PC. I have a Windows MSDN license, and have installed Windows 10 on all of them using a product key from MSDN. Looking at MSDN, I don't recall which PC has which license ...
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Is there any way to do a clean upgrade of Windows 10 and keep Windows 7 installed apps [closed]

This question was almost answered by the similar questions that appear as typing the topic. Please be aware I have tried to provide as great as detail possible that will hopefully allow any ...
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Multiple clones of Windows 10 VM with same license

I have some questions about Windows 10 license used on a VM. There is a scenario: By using VMWare I install Windows 10 on a VM. I lincence installed OS with a new license. I make clones of the VM....
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Best way to make a bootable WIndows 10 image on USB with all existing softwares, drivers & configurations to deploy on identical hardwares?

Best way to make a bootable Windows 10 image on USB with all existing software, drivers & configurations to deploy on exactly identical hardware? There is no difference in the hardware we want to ...
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How do I purchase a license for Gentoo? [closed]

It looks like every genuine GNU/Linux distribution should have key servers and every user should purchase a license according to https://gitlab.com/glat-official/howtotell I use Gentoo. I was unable ...
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questions about windows licencing

I'd like to switch to Linux (Ubuntu) as my primary OS, but I'd like to keep Windows as virtual machine for some tasks. Curently I have activated Windows on bare metal. I know that I need new licence ...
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How can I know what versions of Windows I can legally use?

Bought an older laptop on the cheap for some light work. Originally it came with Windows XP, the refurbisher put Windows 10 on it. The computer works for what I need it to, but barely (system ...
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Windows 10 Professional OEM vs Retail

I am having difficulty understanding why anyone would purchase the retail version of windows when the OEM version does not seem to be very different. For example, at the time of writing this, I see ...
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Update Windows 10 Home to Pro without activating it

Can you upgrade an activated Windows 10 Home edition to the Pro edition and run it for some time without activating it? If yes, when will it stop working without activation? After that, can you easily ...
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Digital license for Office: are credentials required once the setup file has been provided?

I purchased a Digital License for MICROSOFT OFFICE 365/2019 PRO PLUS. It lets me install Office on 5 different devices. This license gives me a new account (let's call it "My Account B") which let me ...
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Does CPU info change on fresh Windows install?

I developed a commercial software, with system to system licensing. For licensing purpose, I'm using various parameters like CPU info, hard disk info, BIOS, and other stuff. The problem is the ...
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How to switch Windows 10 product key?

I have two versions of Windows 10 licensed to my Microsoft account: Windows 10 Pro in my old computer and Windows 10 Home in my laptop. I want to transfer the Pro license to my laptop, however I ...
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How can I unbind Windows 10 license from my computer?

I have used my university educational Windows licence (from Microsoft Imagine/Dreamspark: different names for the same thing) on my custom built computer, but now I would like to sell the computer, ...
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How OEI licence differ from OEM licence

How OEI licence differ from OEM licence? Can I buy OEI for existing computers additionaly? For, example, Windows Server CAL 2016 English 1pk DSP OEI 5 Clt Device CAL ADD: Simple answer would be: OEI ...
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Cannot activate Windows 10 Enterprise E3

I bought a windows 10 enterprise E3 license. I have logged in with my admin @mydomain.onmicossoft.com account, created a new user and assigned the license to it. I then logged in with that user and ...
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Using pre-owned laptops with OEM windows

We use pre-owned laptops with OEM windows in our company. I think there is no license issue because the OEM windows is using with the original hardware. I also found this while searching. But I still ...
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What kind of licensing would you need for a Windows VM? [closed]

Here is the scenario; I plan to have at least four Windows-based virtual machines running on a Linux host using VirtualBox on my network. My users will connect to their assigned virtual machine (...
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MS SQL Server Licenses

I was having a discussion at work about the licensing model of Microsoft, in particular for SQL Server and we couldn't agree on the interpretation of "Active SA Quantity". So the question is, if for ...
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How does Windows Activation Inheritance work? (version 1803)

One of the new features in version 1803 of Windows 10 is Activation Inheritance. It's mentioned briefly in this technet blog entry, but without any elaboration. It's also mentioned here. but it's ...
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Azure VM Networking Issue

Long time reader, first time asker... So, here is my situation: I am consulting for a company for a azure migration project. For some reason, even though I have confirmed with several sources, I ...
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Can Windows 7 run indefinately without being on a network?

We would like to configure a very basic desktop PC delivered new with a Windows 7 operating system to operate in a completely isolated environment. No network access. What are the problems we should ...
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Transfer Windows 10 Pro volume upgrade license

I have 2 computers, both came with Windows 10 Home licenses. For one of them, I've upgraded it to Pro using my employer's volume license. Is it possible to downgrade the computer with the Pro ...
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If a system restore restores the registry to how it was before, then how come a trial version of a program does not reset?

I do the following in the given order: Create a system restore point. There is a note of what the registry looks like Download a program which has a trial of X days When that trial runs out, use ...
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Is a single Windows 10 license sufficient to native boot multiple differencing VHDs with a single parent VHD containing the Windows installation?

Windows 10 would only be installed into the single parent VHD, all others are just differencing VHDs. This is using native boot, not VMs.
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Windows Server 2016 Standard - Downgrade rights for Server 2008 VM converted from physical machine

Greetings, first question asked here; if there's anything amiss, let me know and I'll get it straightened out. I am in a circumstance that leads me to consider the following possibility, should it be ...
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Server CAL Licensing [closed]

Almost need a lawyer just to figure this stuff out. Tried asking on Microsoft's support site through chat, but got thrown the typical "Please check this KB" bs. I'm currently planning out an ...
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Is it possible to transfer a Windows "Home to Pro" licence key to another computer?

My computer came pre-installed with Windows 8 Home, the licence key being baked into the BIOS. I have since upgraded via the Microsoft-offered free channels to Windows 8.1 Home, and now Windows 10 ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 RDs Licensing

I just installed the Remote Desktop Service Role on a windows server 2012 R2. Now I want to license this service, so more than two users can access the service simultaneously. That for I need a RD ...
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How to clean install Windows 10 onto a working system?

To clean install on a working system, for Windows 10, just download the ISO from Microsoft but, how do you establish that the license is valid? And, how do you obtain the license key? The working, ...
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Moving installed instance of windows to another computer? [duplicate]

So recently i had to move my windows from one hard drive to another one, i was not worried about oem license because i was just moving it from one hard drive on the same laptop to another drive on the ...
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Is it possible to move OEM Office to another hard drive by copying the OS using Acronis or similar?

I have run out of space on my current hard drive and purchased a new larger drive. My old OS has an OEM install of Office 2013. If I use Acronis or a similar disk copying tool to move the OS to the ...
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How do trial versions of programs keep track of time?

Programs that I have downloaded who's trial period has ended, even when reinstalling keep saying that my trial has ended. I wondered how corporations kept track of PCs which have used their trial. Is ...
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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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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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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 re-...
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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 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 full-...
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