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Windows 10 Pro Volume licensing (very confusing pricing)

Question: Windows 10 Pro Volume licensing (very confusing pricing)

Hi guys,

New to the forum and have searched for some answers on this topic.

I have a small business with 16 computers I need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The computers currently have Windows 10 Home. (Side note: Will I have any issues with drivers, etc etc upgrading these computers from Home to Pro???)

Is it worth it to purchase volume licensing vs just buying OEM copies? Also when I go on CDW's site, are the "Open license" the ones I need to purchase? And are these licenses only good for 1 computer or all? (some say one license, others say one user, one is labeled 500+).

Any help is greatly appreciated. I need to get this figured out ASAP.

-Mark B.

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Answer: Windows 10 Pro Volume licensing (very confusing pricing)

A volume license is restricted to a certain number of instances, but you can move them around as you see fit. Thus, as long as you deactivate the license for Computer A and then activate the license for Computer B, you've effected a license transfer from one machine to the other. Don't buy OEM Licenses: while cheap, they're (a) supposed to be provided by people who sell them with a computer and installing them on some other machine technically violates the license and (b) once installed, the license stays with that machine and cannot be transferred from one PC to another. As for reputable vendors to contact for volume licenses, I've done business with Software Wholesale International (now part of Crayon) for years, and they continue to offer the best prices on MSDN subscriptions and volume licenses I've found anywhere for small-timers like me. You may want to check them out as a point of comparison with CDW (whom I've also done business with).
HTH,
--Ed--

PS: volume licenses can also come as part of a subscription deal through Open Value offerings (Microsoft Open Programs | Microsoft Volume Licensing). These may be a better deal for your business, as long as you don't mind paying them every year for your Windows seats (and other software).

PPS: working with the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center is a major PITA. Look for a vendor who will help you navigate their systems and get your account set up so you can access and use your licenses properly. SWI has videos to get people started, and great online/telephone tech support to help you get up and running. I used all of that info, because I simply couldn't perform the right incantations on my own to get things working unassisted. Sigh.

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Hi guys,

New to the forum and have searched for some answers on this topic.

I have a small business with 16 computers I need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The computers currently have Windows 10 Home. (Side note: Will I have any issues with drivers, etc etc upgrading these computers from Home to Pro???)

Is it worth it to purchase volume licensing vs just buying OEM copies? Also when I go on CDW's site, are the "Open license" the ones I need to purchase? And are these licenses only good for 1 computer or all? (some say one license, others say one user, one is labeled 500+).

Any help is greatly appreciated. I need to get this figured out ASAP.

-Mark B.

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Volume licensing (very confusing pricing)

A volume license is restricted to a certain number of instances, but you can move them around as you see fit. Thus, as long as you deactivate the license for Computer A and then activate the license for Computer B, you've effected a license transfer from one machine to the other. Don't buy OEM Licenses: while cheap, they're (a) supposed to be provided by people who sell them with a computer and installing them on some other machine technically violates the license and (b) once installed, the license stays with that machine and cannot be transferred from one PC to another. As for reputable vendors to contact for volume licenses, I've done business with Software Wholesale International (now part of Crayon) for years, and they continue to offer the best prices on MSDN subscriptions and volume licenses I've found anywhere for small-timers like me. You may want to check them out as a point of comparison with CDW (whom I've also done business with).
HTH,
--Ed--

PS: volume licenses can also come as part of a subscription deal through Open Value offerings (Microsoft Open Programs | Microsoft Volume Licensing). These may be a better deal for your business, as long as you don't mind paying them every year for your Windows seats (and other software).

PPS: working with the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center is a major PITA. Look for a vendor who will help you navigate their systems and get your account set up so you can access and use your licenses properly. SWI has videos to get people... Read more

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The general availability of Windows Server 2008 R2 has brought to the table a variety of complex offerings in terms of pricing and licensing which customers might find difficult to navigate. In this regard, Microsoft has taken the necessary steps in order to ensure that companies looking to leverage the latest iteration of Windows Server for their infrastructures will be able to benefit from an insight into purchase costs as well as the license options available. ?Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing Overview? is a guide put together by the company and offered via the Microsoft Download Center.

Full read here: Windows Server 2008 R2 Pricing and Licensing - Guide available for download from Microsoft - Softpedia

Answer:Windows Server 2008 R2 Pricing and Licensing

Hi there
available if you want to test it you can get a download via TECHNET SUBSCRIPTION.

Of course you can't use the technet download in a commercial organisation - but for developers etc who want experience in using etc etc then a technet subscription ~250 - 300 USD is a NO BRAINER IMO.

Also good for HOME users who want to learn about installing and using Servers.

If you look for promo codes you can probably get a discount too on your technet subscription.

Incidentally Students *might* be able to get a free or cheap version of W2008 Server too - same conditions not for commercial use of course.

Note the download from Technet doesn't have an expiry unlike the Free Trial download and you can use several copies.

Cheers
jimbo

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Question: I want to buy 2 coppies of windows XP. Possibly one being XP for 64-bit.

Where is the cheepest place to buy XP? (legal coppies only)
 

Answer:Window XP Licensing/Pricing

Read first
 

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Just what is Intel trying to prove with their current CPU pricing?

Like we got the INTEL: 530J-PENTIUM 4 3.0GHZ 800FSB LGA775
and the INTEL: 531-PENTIUM 4 3.0GHZ 800FSB LGA775

Both come with 800FSB,
Both come with 1Mb Cache
Both come with the same Heatsink (non of this BTX business)
Both currently avalable on the market.
However the 530J comes with about a $100 more price tag than the 531.

And again, things are confusing with Dual Core
945 - PENTIUM D 3.4GHZ 800FSB
950 - PENTIUM D 3.4GHZ 800FSB
Again $100 difference

Now to the joe average computer user's eyes, what the advantage of having simulare CPUs with totally different price tags?

Like sure, there might be some difference like Cache, FSB, Core Revision or some other new technology wank word that suppose to make it better. But how does this all helps out with Joe Average that just wants a computer.

Answer:Intel CPUs Numbers and Pricing -- Confusing

The difference in L2 cache increases performance by as much as 10%. Users will notice slightly faster speeds in the acces of programs, but nothing that will dramatically increase performance. Joe Average can be told that the difference in Cache will increase the speed seen with the naked eye just slightly, and increase performance by a small margin.

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Our company has a VLK for XP professional but no disc. Is a special VLK disc required like Server 2003 has? Can I just use an OEM System Builders disc and put in the VLK?
 

Answer:Windows XP and Volume Licensing

You need a specific VLK disc. Your company should have them.
 

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Hiya Everyone,
I am a newbie and would apreciate any help/advice with my enquiry.

I have a problem with the Windows XP Pro Sp2 I recently purchased.

I am unable to update/validate it as it states that it is not genuine for home use, & only has a VLK licence.

Please can anyone shed any light on this, as I know very little about software.
 

Answer:Windows XP Pro Volume Licensing Key

A volume license is for commercial users, mostly. It allows them to purchase a single media kit, plus however many access licenses that they need. That way, they don't have to go out and buy 200 boxed copies of XP. You say you recently purchased it, from whom? If someone sold you a boot-legged copy, you should consider reporting this.
 

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Hiya everyone,


I am a newbie and would apreciate any help/advice with my enquiry.

I have a problem with the Windows XP Pro I recently purchased.

I am unable to update/validate it as it states that it is not genuine for home use, & only has a VLK licence.

Please can anyone shed any light on this, as I know very little about software.
 

Answer:Windows XP Pro Volume Licensing Key

Where did you buy it from and how much did you pay for it?
 

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I logged into my volume licensing account and noticed my Win 7 keys were available but it's not listing Win 7 as an available download. I read that it would be available on September 1st. Anyone else with volume licensing have Win 7 keys that is also not able to find a download link?
 

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The company I work for orders all new PC's from Dell, and as such they all come shipped with a pre-installed OEM version of Windows 7 Pro. Naturally we wipe these systems and use a disc image built from our Win 7 enterprise edition with a volume license key. I asked why are we paying the $22 or whatever it is to have Win 7 come pre-installed when we are just wiping it out anyway and installing an even better version. They said they have to, because their VLK comes with the stipulation that we are simply "upgrading" our pc's from Win 7 pro to Win 7 Enterprise. Basically they're acting like we just have an "upgrade purchase" edition of Win 7 and not the "full version" so to speak. This doesnt make any sense to me, especially since our Win 7 disc allows us to perform scratch installs without requesting a pre-existing installation of Win 7 or any media source, which is what usually happens when you only have "upgrade" editions of Windows and not the full version.

Thoughts?
 

Answer:Windows Volume licensing

MS licensing is a cluster f.... If they had a licensing expert tell them this, don't even worry about it. If they did not, consult an MS licensing specialist to confirm. My guess is what they told you was correct, and it's probably due to the type of VLK they purchased.
 

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Hello;

This is my first post, I hope to be lucky and somebody can help

My problem is about the understanding of the Volume Licensing procedure through KMS. I've been reading all day about it and I found out many things that I didn't know at all, but in any website I visited I got the answer for the following questions:

When you buy a Volume License, how do you count what you need? I mean, for example, I have a stock of 120 computers which I want to install Windows 7 Professional x64 (let's say those computers don't have any current license at all). But I have more than 120 users, because the company has two shifts, morning and afternoon. It's not exactly about 2 users per computer, just let's count that there are more users than computers, because the users can use one day one computer and the next day change to another different computer because it's free and nobody is using it in that shift. Totally random I mean.

What I should tell Microsoft? I want a Volume License key for 120 computers? or I want a Volume License for x number of users?

My second doubt is how those limits work. I mean, if I deploy the image with the Volume License to those 120 computers now and in two years I want to clean the computers and re-apply the clean base image to make the computers be fresh again, does that count for the limit?, I would have 240 PC's as for license count?

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Answer:Windows Volume Licensing misunderstanding

can get you part way there.

1 licence = 1 comp, (the number of users per comp is irrelevant to MS)

Re-applying an image 2/3 years later doesn't matter either

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I just bought a notebook off of Ebay. The original came with Windows Vista, now has Windows 7.

The seller is saying that both Windows 7 and Office 2007 (which are installed) are using a volume license.

Can this be legit? He/she sells quite a few notebooks on ebay so I'd just like to be sure.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Volume Licensing - Transferable?

I don't think it is.

Volume Licensing is for companies that spend a lot of money with Microsoft. The OS belongs to the company, not the hardware.

I would expect an OEM or a Retail license to be on that. I would contact microsoft and be prepared to restore it to Vista. They may provide you a free upgrade, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
 

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Hi everyone.

I work at a training compeny currently looking into moving our systems onto Windows 7 with a number of 150-250 computers to install Windows 7 on.

I have been trying with no luck to get a quote from the Microsoft web site for a volume license and the link for finding a retailer leads me to the uk microsoft site.

if anyone can lead me to anything that will help seek/provide the info i need id very be thankfull

Answer:Windows 7 Enterprise volume licensing

Did you see this page? It has various options and phone numbers listed.

Microsoft Windows Enterprise: Buy Solutions for Your Organization

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I had heard that you could install one copy of windows xp home on up to 5 pc's. Is this called Volume Licensing and is it free? It costs $35 to have this question answered by microsoft. Was just wondering if it is automatic or is it something I have to have provisioned or what?

Answer:Volume Licensing for Windows XP Home

Honestly you are not supposed to use your CD key on more than 1 computer but if you own multi computers I see no harm in using the same key just make sure it isn't for business reasons and you shouldn't get in trouble.


The rules are

1 CD key = 1 Computer


Yes you have to pay for any volume licence.

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Windows 8 offers the experiences that users love while delivering enterprise-grade capabilities that IT departments need. Whether you want to upgrade your PCs to Windows 8, gain access to exclusive offerings such as Windows 8 Enterprise edition and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, or use Windows with greater flexibility, there is a Microsoft Volume Licensing solution that is right for your organization.
Visit Microsoft Volume Licensing - Windows 8

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Windows 7 coming to Volume Licensing in September - Ars Technica

Does this mean that Microsoft will infact be selling Volume Licensing Keys for Windows 7?
Which version of Windows 7 would it work for?
How much do you guys think it would cost?

Answer:Windows 7 coming to Volume Licensing in September?

What's New in Volume Activation in Windows 7
Posted By: Adam Bomb | May 5th @ 12:01 AM

"I recently visited Ram Rathnam, Director of Product Management in the Windows Activation Technologies team again, this time to talk specifically about how volume activation has changed in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

For upcoming Windows 7 volume activation guidance, visit www.technet.com/volumeactivation

Our previous conversation dispelling top 3 volume activation myths in Windows Vista can be viewed here.

Tags: Activation, kms, mak, product activation, Windows 7 "
What's New in Volume Activation in Windows 7 | Media | TechNet Edge

You'll find a 5 minute video clip on this on the page there. Once 7 is out then the pricing for volume licenses will be known. We've seen the retail pricing according to each edition(Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate namely) already for preordering.

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I plan to purchase 100 Windows 8.1 from a third party reseller. It's a MS partner. When I ask for an agreement or certification of Volume licensing,
they said they don't have it as it's a digital downloading version. They can just send me the key and downloading link. And they said the key is genuine and legal even without Certification. Is it right?  I'm really confused by so many kinds of licenses
and don't know if it's legal without any certification. Is there anyone can tell me what is the right way to do.  

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Hi,
I realized today that Windows XP can no longer be downloaded from the MS VLSC.
Before, I had 2 entries that I used to download: 1 for Windows XP SP3 x86 multi language (ISO file), 1 for Windows XP SP3 x86 [ZH-CN] (self extracted zip) (not available in the multi language ISO). You got the download and the VL key.
Now, these entries don't exist anymore and you only have these 2: "Windows XP Professional" and "Windows XP Prof, x64 Ed.". You still can see the VL key but under the download section, it's written "There
are no downloads available for this product."
Is there anyone else having this issue? Is it normal? I know that support for Windows XP has been discontinued but why forbidding to download the ISO?
Hopefully, I downloaded them before and kept them on a HDD.

Answer:Windows XP Disappeared From Volume Licensing Service Center

I think MS has stopped providing the downloads for Win XP now. But, you can anyhow keep activating Win XP.Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading
the thread.

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Question: Volume Licensing

Hi!
Can you please explain how Volume Licensing works?
I have been searching for information about it, but only I found was that there are few types of volume licensing and only that it is cheaper. I can't seem to find any Microsoft Retailer in my country so I need to know more before I order Microsoft products.
So I have a small business with 12 PCs, Windows 7 is needed on them and also Microsoft Office 2007 (or other version maybe). Could someone explain where I need to order and how the price cut works?

Answer:Volume Licensing

last time i looked at it,it was not that much cheaper

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ent...ow-to-buy.aspx

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i bought my xp pro from my school but i lost the cd key thing i had for it, will the key that's on the computers at school be the same one and be legit?
 

Answer:xp pro volume licensing question

Check with the administrators who sold you the key, its likely different.
 

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I've watched the videos, read the literature, but I'm still confused.

I purchased 2 Win 7 Pro licenses. I log into the MS Volume Licensing Service Center, and it shows I have 50 licenses available. I've used 3 now, but only paid for 2 ... Does MS catch up with me somehow through the distributor I've used, or is this some type of honor system?
 

Answer:Breakdown MS Volume Licensing for me...

My understanding for MAK activation is they give you a block to start with (for re-installs etc). X amount for Y bought. 50 for 1 bought, not sure when the next block kicks in.

I read once you hit that mark from re-installs etc. it's phone call to MS time.
 

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We use MS volume licensing for all the Windows machines where I work.

We are needing to buy a couple more systems and i was asking our Dell rep about getting a no OS option put onto our builds.

He came back saying that MS licensing only cover upgrades/downgrades of the OS and that every machine we buy has to be purchased with an OS.

Anybody know for sure if that is really the case?
 

Answer:MS volume licensing questions.

I don't think you can buy a dell without an OS. Instead, ask them to put linux on it.

Also -- I think each licensing agreement is different, so you would have to talk to your MS rep to be certain.
 

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Hey Guys,

Just wanted to ask - besides engaging the process of obtaining a MS Gold Partner membership and dealing with vendors whom can supply; is there another approach to gain a volume licensing account, scoping MS Office and OS keys?
 

Answer:Microsoft Volume Licensing

Microsoft Partner Program is it. https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/no/pages/membership/enroll.aspx
 

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I just installed XP on my work PC using a volume license and volume license CD (something like that). I know squat about XP, but I do know that it is supposed to require you to register or something with MS. This version didn't do that, unless it did it secretly without telling me. Is it not going to ask me to register because of the volume licensing deal?
 

Answer:XP volume licensing question

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I just upgraded 9 computers in my store from XP to Windows 7 Pro using the download from Digital River Content.

What is the most cost effective way for me to license these? I've called the Microsoft Volume Licensing center and they quoted me $113 but told me I would have to re-install on all the computers. I can't take the store down for that long again but the guy on the phone didn't speak English clearly enough to help me find alternatives.

What other options do I have?

Answer:Microsoft Volume Licensing?

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Originally Posted by FuzzyHarpyBug


I just upgraded 9 computers in my store from XP to Windows 7 Pro using the download from Digital River Content.

but told me I would have to re-install on all the computers. I can't take the store down for that long again.

What other options do I have?




That would be the only effectiv way to pull this off and yes the microsoft represenative is correct.
If your going from xp to windows 7, the upgrade path wouldn't be a good choice.

Slip streaming your windows 7 installation would be a quick way to get you setup.
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File - Windows 7 Help Forums

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool 1.0.24.0
Use windows usb tool to install by usb ports on sata cables it should take less than 30 minutes.
IDE cable using usb installation 40 minutes tops.

Since your running a store and time is crucial, I recommend you have one of your employees or you do this in the middle of the night.

Gotta do what you have to if you got eager customers wanting a windows 7 computer on the shelf.

If you have 7 machines needing this and you work on them all at once you should be able to finish within 4 hours tops.
Otherwise it might take half a day or night to update os programs, chipset driver installation, hardware drivers and w7 updates correctly.

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I bought a shrinkwrapped, legitimate copy of MS Office Pro from mmy local computer shop. It was in the normal hardshell case, had all the correct holograms, product key, MS certificate of authenticity. I installed it on my Dell Dimension 500 running Windows 7. All went weill initially but after a hard-drive failure I had to reinstall it. I then tried to take advantage of the MS offer of free upgrade to Office 2010 and everything went wrong. I contacted MS through the Digital River site.I was told that this product was purchased through 'Volume Licensing'and therefore was not includedin the MS Office 2010Technology Guarantee Program so I could not upgrade free. Even worse was the fact that since I have reinstalled after the HD crash I get a message on screen each time I try to use the program telling me it is not Genuine MS Software and will expire in xx days. Digital River seem totally disinterested. Anyone know where I should go next?

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I bought 6 Microsoft Office Licenses.

I put them in the Microsoft Office Volume Licensing page, however most options such as Licenses, Downloads and Key, etc are disabled, I don't know why, I already input the Authorization Number and License Key into the Volume Licensing page.

What exaxtly am I missing?
Do I need to go to the Administration Page and Request Permission again and input all the details again so that I can download Microsoft Office or is it something else?

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I bought 6 Microsoft Office Licenses.

I put them in the Microsoft Office Volume Licensing page, however most options such as Licenses, Downloads and Key, etc are disabled, I don't know why, I already input the Authorization Number and License Key into the Volume Licensing page.

What exaxtly am I missing?
Do I need to go to the Administration Page and Request Permission again and input all the details again so that I can download Microsoft Office or is it something else?

Answer:Anyone here know how to use Microsoft Volume Licensing page?

How long ago did you enter the details? When we purchase MSDN subscriptions, it takes a day or two for them to show up after we enter the details.

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I've got a query about MS volume licensing: how do you de-allocate a license?

The background: I'm upgrading a charity from Windows XP / Vista & Office 2003 to Windows 7 and Office 2010 (this is the standard of the wider organisation). The upgrade is going well, if a little slowly - to minimise disruption I've been doing one machine a fortnight. I'm doing the last machine next weekend. The licenses have been purchased through CT Exchange in the UK

Anyway, we had a little scare when one machine wouldn't boot the day after I upgraded it. It turned out to be trying to boot off a USB drive and was a 60-second fix, and they had a backup anyway, but it occurred to me that if the HDD had failed before a backup had been done, reinstalling Windows & Office on a replacement HDD would use an additional license for each. They have no spare licenses available. So I checked the Volume Licensing Center and could spot no way to de-allocate a license. How do I do this? To whom in MS would I have to grovel?
 

Answer:Microsoft volume licensing issue

Short answer: you don't de-allocate a license. It's kind of the honor system when you are using volume licenses, that you don't have more installations than licensed for.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793435.aspx
Discusses MAK (which is probably what you are using if you are on a volume license).

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx
There is a limit on the # of MAK activations. Calling MS after you've reached the limit will add more activations.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c5a965cc-b40f-4b0b-bd66-90559fa86ae0/mak-key-limit
 

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Hi..I was wondering this...Do you pay a certain price each month or year ?? Say you wanted a product as part of your school or business...how does it work ?? any info is appreciated
 

Answer:How does Volume Licensing for a product work ??

Not all products have Volume Licensing.

Windows VL is explained here, in this PDF.
http://download.microsoft.com/documents/australia/MIC0143_FlyerFinalNoDate_30205.pdf

Or here
http://www.greymatter.com/Licensing/StaticContent/volumelicensingexplained.htm
 

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I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this. If you are an IT company, name ABC, and you are supporting multiple companies, BCD, CDE, ect. Can you purchase volume licensing and use those licenses for the companies you are supporting?

Such as Office 2010 Professional Plus.

Not only use those licenses for the other companies, but sell it to them at retail price?
 

Answer:Microsoft Volume Licensing across multiple companies?

no.
you cannot re-sell volume licensing keys unless you are a vendor.
and even then, each business would have to purchase their own volume licensing.
 

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I have one volume license of XP Professional, with enough seats for our environment, and I am currently attempting to install it on a computer.

Previously, the drive had been wiped using the "dd" command from a Knoppix distro - we were wiping for compliance and didn't expect to use the drive again - and now Windows is failing to install.

In my possession are two MS discs.

One that is dated from Jan 06, with lime green graphics over a hologram background saying, "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade with Service Pack 2" which used to do complete installs on old hard drives that we were reformatting - despite deleting partitions in the setup, there were still multiple partitions detected by DBAN or Knoppix - now prompts me that the product is an upgrade disc and will not do an install without detecting Windows previously installed on the computer. This is supposed to be the full version, as I've done complete installs with this disc and our volume license before.

The second disc is a full hologram disc that is labeled as Windows XP Professional that includes SP2. I can get all the way through the install with this machine, but when it asked for a product key, our volume license (which is the only version of XP Pro we should have) is deemed invalid.

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Answer:Volume Licensing Issue with XP Pro in an Enterprise Environment

Where did you obtain the second disk that you used, the disk that contains the full install of XP Pro with SP2? I would expect that you should have (or had at one point) the license key that went along with that. Is there a vendor contact that you can call that will offer you assistance with your product license, possibly providing a key for the second disk in order that you can complete that install? If you obtained the volume license legitimately then wouldn't you have a resource to get assistance from?

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Hello

with respect to microsoft windows, what is the difference between VL (volume licensing) and PID (product ID) keys?

Answer:difference between VL (volume licensing ) and PID (product ID) keys

Volume License key (VLK) is the term used by Microsoft to denote the product key used when installing software licensed under Volume Licensing, which allows a single product key to be used for multiple installations. This form of licensing is typically used in business, government, and educational institutions, with prices for Volume Licensing varying depending on the type and size of the setting. Microsoft software available through the Volume License program include Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Office 2003 and many others.

Since Volume Licensing bypasses activation, VLKs have been exploited by software pirates since the advent of this service. The FCKGW key is a prominent example of VLK exploitation. Although to some this may seem like an easy way to circumvent Microsoft's product activation feature, each VLK is uniquely linked to the company from which it was purchased. Therefore, should the software be installed on more computers than it was licensed, Microsoft can hold the company responsible, and blacklist the product key in extreme cases.




Product activation is a license validation procedure required by some computer software programs. Specifically, product activation refers to a method where a software application hashes hardware serial numbers and an ID number specific to the product's license (a product key) to generate a unique Installation ID. This Installation ID is sent to the manufacturer to verify the authenticity of the product key an... Read more

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Download Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide. It provides comprehensive guidance to help you select the best options for the size, type, and business needs of your organization.
This 79-page document details each of the Microsoft Volume Licensing programs in addition to covering the basics of product licensing and Microsoft Software Assurance. Each chapter includes case studies, tips, and next steps to assist you with the decision-making process.
An excellent resource for those who want an in-depth look at Microsoft Volume Licensing and the ability to easily compare programs. Download here.
Also take a look at Microsoft Volume Licensing Product Use Rights (PUR) Guide.
More posts about Volume Licensing here.

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Hi,
I am currently setting up a KMS/VAMT3.1 host for a new cloud solution.
I got access the the license Website and at the present I am planning to offer Win2012 + Win 2016.
After many days I managed to figure out (I hope ) what to do, and I have licensed the KMS host with the relevant KMS host key so I got VOLUME_KMS_WS16 channel ready (I guess with that I can license anything below 2016 as well)
I also have created a base image for the clients with a GVLK key in it (I got them from the following site: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867%28v=ws.11%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396) and I also have defined the KMS server +
port serving. (The DNS is a hosted one which is NOT part of the Windows 2012 R2 KMS Host. So far seems resolving all right).
Now, one if my bigger issues (and huge surprise) is: I cannot see how to get the activation information from the clients.
After lot of reading and testing I can see the event logs populating with information related to the activations ( Security-SPP ) in APplication, but I find very hard to understand what the logs mean.
for example:
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" Guid="{E23B33B0-C8C9-eeeeee-333333-F2BDFEA0F156}" EventSourceName="Software Protection Platform Service" />
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Newegg has the OEM pricing up, and small discounts (~10) for pre-orders.

OEM Home Premium: $110
OEM Pro: $140
OEM Ult: $190
ArsTechnica Windows 7 OEM Price Comparison Chart
 

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Question: Windows 7 Pricing

Is there going to be an upgrade edition, particularly one that takes you from XP to 7?

And how much is it going to cost if so?
 

Answer:Windows 7 Pricing

There is already one...its 119.99$, its has all been covered, search newegg, amazon, etc etc
 

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Question: Windows 10 Pricing

This is right in line w/ the amounts expected & suggested since quite a while ago.

If not eligible for the free Upgrade or doing clean installs...Pricing for non-in-place Upgrades of Windows 10

Cheers,Drew

 

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Question: windows 7 pricing.

not sure how accurate this is......but some pricing anways.http://www.pcworld.com/article/166233/best_buy_memo_on_windows_7_outlines_upgrade_pricing.html
 

Answer:windows 7 pricing.

Good news if its true. Hopefully those prices aren't just promo prices. A $50 upgrade from Vista is extremely cool. It would be pretty hard to accuse Microsoft of gouging at that price.
 

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Are there both upgrade and non-upgrade versions? It seems all the pricing information for Windows 8 ($40) and Windows 8 Pro ($70) has been for upgrade versions but perhaps I have it wrong and one version works either way.

If there is a more expensive non-upgrade version, what is the price?

Answer:Windows 8 Pricing for non-upgrade

There is a System Builder version which is a Full retail but no price has been announced.

Jim

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i just upgraded to 8.1 and microsoft wants me to buy a license--thats ok--but then it shows the price as 289$

my question--what do i get for this? can I use this later on another pc? my current pc is old and i don't want to have to buy another license when i change pc's within 1 yea or less.

i can go buy an oem 8.1 software for about 140$ that i understand is only good for 1 pc.
any insight on how this works??

Answer:windows 8.1 pricing models

What did you upgrade from?

How did you manage to upgrade without buying a license beforehand?

If you were already running win 8.0 , there should be no charge, it is an update/service pack.

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In an effort to reduce piracy, and convince users to not only upgrade their computers but also their OS, Microsoft is expected to dramatically reduce the price of its OS
http://www.vistaknowledge.com/news/a...y_less_than_xp

Answer:Windows Vista Pricing - $99?

when vista releases in december (hopefully) it'll only be in its second beta not the full version that could be the reason for the small price... windows home is only 87 bucks on newegg. but i could be wrong it could be the full version. that'd be pretty awsome if vista is really cheap

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Prelude:

From what I can gather there are 4 versions of windows 8:

* Regular - not for sale, only manufacturer pre-installed.

* Pro - For sale in computer supply stores, An upgrade from previous such as W7, Vista, XP.

* Pro - that will only enhance "regular" to Pro.

* RT - only for tablets, notebooks and such devices, manufacturer installed. A reduced version without some Pro features.

* W8 - Enterprise, Commercial, not for sale to the general public, only for corporations and government.

Pricing:

* W8 Pro upgrade. Windows has it on the Internet as a download for $39.99. The offer expires at the end of December 2012.

* W8 Pro upgrade from W7, Vista, XP, for sale in computer stores, Costco, Best Buy, Staples, CompUSA. Costco's price is $66.99. The others are $69.99.

* Windows Pro only for existing Win 8 regular already installed. Thus the regular manufacturer version is upgraded to Pro for $69.99. *( That would be actually a value of $69.99 plus &69.99 - $139.98 ).

The Windows Pro at Staples has on the price tag: "Retail price $199, $130 off. Offer expires February 2013.

So anyone who is contemplation purchasing a Windows Pro should be aware of/about the coming price increases. Looks as though in March 2013 it will cost everyone $199 so far as I can ascertain now.

Apparently installing Win 8 to upgrade Vista and XP will require re-installing all current software presently on the computer whereas a Win 7 will not.

Answer:Just a heads up about Windows 8 pricing.

What a list of misinformation

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http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/pricing.asp

"Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 (a $70 savings) and Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99.99 (a $100 savings) during this time."

Cheap as chips
 

Answer:Windows announce 7 pricing !!

What's that in ten bob notes mate?
 

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I'm going to have to re-buy my windows licences because I am going to replace 3 PCs primary components; Motherboard, CPU and RAM. The only active component not being replaced is the HDD.

When I talked to Microsoft they said I have to re-buy Windows. The $1300 I spent on licences When Windows 7 was first released is now a dead investment.

It's no wonder that people pirate windows!

When doing research on pricing I came across these sites...

Microsoft - 3x3pk Win7 Ult64B+10x1PK DVDRW - Catalogue | Alphastore

and

MICROSOFT GLC-00894 - 3x3pk Win7 Ult64B+10x1PK DVDRW

Both have the same product code. Now I'm assuming 3 x 3pk only means 3 licences, not nine, since retailers are renowned for splitting 3pk OEI OEM DVD packs and selling off individually.

I've emailed both companies twice now and asked for clarification on number of licences and how many unique software keys I actually get with the purchase. But neither have answered.

Anyone have any ideas why one price can be more than 5 times the other, when neither say upgrade, full or OEM??

Anyone have any recommendations on the cheapest place to buy 3 copies of legit licences with individual keys... I am assuming of course that each machine must have a unique key..

thanks
Tanya

Answer:Buying new Windows because of PC UPgrade - Pricing

Hi Tanyam,
It is perfectly legal (and possible) to download and burn an .iso of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and burn it to a disc and use it....... IF you use your current product key.

Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

Refer to the above link on how to burn the image to a disc. If you own a file-sharing program such as BitTorrent or uTorrent, you should be able to use it to download an .iso. If you need help finding a good . iso, I'll be glad to help. I can also find you a non torrent download if you wish.

Hope this helps,
Jaidyn

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Vista made me want to puke. So I took my old 32-bit XP home cd and reinstalled old reliable.

After reading various little snippets of information about W7 I'm getting kind of excited. I'm really tired of not being able to take full advantage of my Q6600, I know I can get a 64-bit version of XP but there really isn't a point.

Anyone know when this W7 will be released and what kind of pricing we'll be looking at?
 

Answer:[Windows 7] - Release date and pricing?

About a year after the first public beta. So if that comes out next month, your looking at Q4 2009/Q1 2010. I'm sure that Microsoft would like to have it out in time for the holidays if at all possible, unlike Vista.

I must admit that I find it interesting to hear comments like "Vista made me puke." Windows 7 is not going to as big of a jump over Vista as Vista was over XP. Microsoft will no doubt fix the biggies that were unpopular in Vista like UAC, but its not going to be a big shift. Same driver model and the like.
 

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According to Neowin, Microsoft plans to reveal the prices of Windows 7 in mid June.As you might now Windows 7 is rumoured to be out by October 23rd as per reports from Acer or to be specific in the holiday season.Paul Thurrot says that the date is October 15th.
According to the NDA schedule on Tech ARP, OEMs are already aware of how much it will cost them to install on new systems and retailers have also been informed of how much the boxed editions will cost them to sell.Dell say that they already have the news about the pricing and also add that the pricing is costlier than Vista.
The schedule details give the announcement date as just a few weeks from now in mid-June.Ars technica had previously said about the leaked pricing list but that news was from a unconfirmed source so that turned false.But if you are a student you should be able to get Windows 7 at a discount or even completely for free.
Source - Tech Mania

Answer:Windows 7 pricing to be revealed by Mid June

I hope It won't go over Windows Vista.

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Windows 8 Pricing Goes Back to Normal - Yahoo! News

Answer:Windows 8 Pricing Goes back to normal

Gosh - that's a big increase.

I'm glad I grabbed the licences at the bargain price and did my upgrading over the holiday.

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Microsoft today announced Windows 7 retail pricing, upgrade information, launch details, and a preorder deal. The software giant has reduced the price on its most popular retail Windows product, the Home Premium upgrade version, by approximately 10 percent (this varies based on the market). In the US, this means a drop from $130 to $120, a savings of $10. For the Home Premium full version, the price drops from $240 to $200. Those are the only differences when comparing Windows Vista prices to Windows 7 prices after Microsoft made cuts in In February 2008 (compared to the ones announced in September 2006).
Read more at Arstechnica and Microsofts Windows Blog.

Answer:Windows 7 Pricing Announced: Cheaper than Vista

The Windows Blog states:
"...as a way of saying thank you to our loyal Windows customers, we are excited to introduce a special time limited offer! We will offer people in select markets the opportunity to pre-order Windows 7 at a more than 50% discount..."
Why only select markets? Why not all !?

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I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?

Answer:Is the windows 7 upgrade pricing avaliable for RC users

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Conspiracy3


I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?


Yes, but you need to do some editing of the cversion.ini file and have a RC key. there are several threads here at SF that have explained how. You should do a search for upgrade vs clean.

Hope this helps

Ken

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As a follow-up to my packaging post from the other day, here?s the info you?ve all been waiting for (after the Oct. 22 announcement, of course).A recent announcement about pricing and upgrades has been posted here: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/...ring-on-ga.aspxCheck it out and let me know if you have any questions.Cheers,

Answer:Windows 7 Pricing and Upgrade Options Announced

You're fast Ron! I was just going to post this.

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Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the availability of Windows 7 for its customers in India. In line with Microsoft?s commitment to releasing a new OS at periodic schedules, keeping in mind evolving technologies, lifestyles and business needs, Windows 7 is designed to be more reliable and responsive, delivering a simplified PC experience for consumers.
Announcing the Windows 7 launch, Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman ? Microsoft India said, ?Proactive engagement and feedback thereof with partners and consumers was fundamental to the development of Windows 7. It has helped deliver what is the highest quality OS in the history of Windows. It enhances the user experience by its sheer simplicity and caters to their connected lives across work and play. We are delighted by the initial reviews from partners and the technology community. Over 90% of testers from around the world have rated it as ?good? or ?extremely good? and consider Windows 7 to be responsive, simple to use and stable.?
Windows 7 is available in six editions, targeted at specific user groups and addressing all segments of the market. The two primary editions are: Windows 7 Home Premium for home consumers and Windows 7 Professional for small and medium sized businesses. Also available in the line-up are Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic (in Emerging Markets only), Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate. The FPP pricing for Windows 7 has reduced in the range of 25-35 percent over Windows ... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Windows 7 launch & pricing in India

I can't see the price details there. Any idea on price?

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http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/07/08/windows-7-family-pack-anytime-upgrade-prices-leak
 

Answer:Windows 7 family pack pricing leak?

$136 for 3 installs is a mega-deal! How can the sell it that low if a retail upgrade is $99 normally?
 

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Nothing official from Microsoft






Quote:
When it comes down to Windows 7 special offerings, Microsoft still has one or two aces up its sleeve. While it revealed the official pricing details for the upgrade and full retail boxes of Windows 7, and went live with a program designed to allow consumers in select markets to buy the Home Premium and Professionals SKUs of the OS at considerable discounts, the Redmond company has yet to unveil discount initiatives and price tags for additional offerings and flavors of the next iteration of the Windows client. This is the case with the Windows 7 Family Pack and the Windows Anytime Upgrade options. But even with Microsoft keeping a tight lid on the Windows 7 Family Pack and WAU pricing, company partners from the retail channel have made sure to leak the prices to the public.


Leaked Windows 7 Family Pack and WAU Pricing Details - Nothing official from Microsoft - Softpedia

Answer:Leaked Windows 7 Family Pack/WAU Pricing Details

Not trying to be rude or anything I'm just trying to help keep the forums free from cluter. This has already beeen posted in the news section Windows 7 Family Pack, Anytime Upgrade prices leak

Please do a search first and look in the news section before posting.

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Microsoft Sets Windows 7 Pricing, Upgrade Programs

Want to get Windows 7 on the cheap? Well then, it looks like pre-ordering is the way to go. Then again, the "regular" prices aren?t too bad either, hit the link for all the info.
From Friday through July 11, consumers in the U.S. will be able to buy an upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home premium for $49 or Windows 7 Professional for $99. That offer is good for both XP and Windows Vista PCs, regardless of whether someone has been trying out the pre-release version of the operating system. That matches the details in a memo from Best Buy that leaked earlier this month.

When boxed copies of Windows 7 go on sale on October 22, Microsoft plans to charge $119 for Home Premium, $199 for Professional and $219 for Ultimate. The Home Premium upgrade is down $40 from the product's original price, although the Vista product had already gotten a price cut along the way. The Professional and Ultimate versions are priced similar to where Microsoft was with Vista. The upgrade prices apply to those moving from a previous version of Windows to Windows 7, but only those from Windows Vista will be able to upgrade without doing a clean installation of the product.
The full versions of Windows 7--the editions for those without a copy of Windows--will be priced at $199 for Home Premium, $299 for Professional and $319 for Ultimate. The Ultimate and Professional editions are again on par with their Vista counterparts, while Home Premium i... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Sets Windows 7 Pricing, Upgrade Programs

Hehe, easier to open box. Prices at least didn't rise from Vista. Is it really ok to upgrade to a whole different OS without doing a clean installation?

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Last day to get it for $43 and change after taxes (that's what I paid anyways).
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/buy?ocid=SHOP_SOC_FB_FPPApps_Null_Null_Null

If you want Windows Media Center on your Windows 8 upgrade (Windows 8 Pro) you have until the end of the day to get it for free. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs You can get the license for free even if you don't yet have Windows 8 installed. You just need a valid email address. I believe it's going to be around $35 after today, Jan. 31, 2013.

So if you're on the fence make up your mind already!!!! :major:major:seeya:zzz
 

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Microsoft?s free Windows 10 upgrade deal is looking better and better all the time. For if you already own a genuine Windows PC, you could be saving yourself upwards of a huundred to almost two hundred dollars.

Microsoft confirmed Monday that the company will sell Windows 10 at retail for the same price as Windows 8.1: $119 for Windows 10 Home, $199 for Windows 10 Professional, and $99 for a Windows 10 Pro Pack to jump from a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home to the Professional version.

That means, unfortunately, that the price leaked by Newegg's retail site over the weekend for Windows 10 Home was incorrect. NewEgg pegged the price of the Windows 10 Home Edition at $109, and the Professional version at $149. It also claimed that the software would be released on August 31.

On July 29, according to Microsoft, you?ll be able either to download Windows 10 or buy a new Windows 10 PC from retailers. And if you click the ?reservation link? that Microsoft is pushing via its most recent updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, you can apparently sign up to preload the software just as soon as it?s ready. Microsoft promises that upgrades will be free for the ?supported lifespan? of the device, although it hasn?t explained what that phrase actually means.

As of press time, NewEgg changed the release date of the software to reflect the July 29 launch date that Microsoft officially announced early Monday morning; the company has not yet announced a revision to its pu... Read more

Answer:Microsoft releases official retail pricing for Windows 10

Thanks for the info Chuck.





and $99 for a Windows 10 Pro Pack to jump from a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home to the Professional version.



So even if I wanted or needed Pro, I can still get it half price after the upgrade on my OEM's.

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I recently purchased a T430U and noticed a pricing error when changing the default Win8 os to Win7.  The price should stay the same however it is increasing.  The screen shots below are from January 8.  "Coincidently" the website is now behaving fine and the price stays the same. After several phone calls and emails they are saying that something else in the configuration must have changed which is NOT the case.  So they are refusing to issue the credit. Suggestions? Win 8 Pricing  Moderator note: images larger than 50k converted to links per forum rules:  Lenovo Community Participation Rules













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:T430U pricing error when selecting Windows 7 home edition

Hi,
 
I've converted your oversized imaged to links.  As a bonus, they're easier to read
 
They seem to be indentical, even though they point to two separate uploaded images.  Am I missing something, or was one supposed to be the "before" and one the "after"?
 
Z.

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Hey guys...Just thought I'd drop in and let you know that the latest announcement to come out of the Windows 7 team has just been shown to the public:http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/...ck-pricing.aspx

Answer:Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing Announcement

Thanks for sharing, the family pack sounds good...too bad I have a mix of 32 and 64 bit...any chance the licenses could be for either?

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So this is what is up with all of the pre-order pricing perhaps?

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/bl...leopard-threat-with-hot-deal/?cs=33664&page=1

Windows Vista was a huge advantage for Apple -- since it launched and up until last quarter, Apple was aggressively taking market share from Microsoft. Last quarter, Microsoft responded with a strong marketing campaign and stopped the erosion. Apple got a bit more aggressive in the second quarter and it is not yet clear whether it has started to take share again. However, in looking ahead to the second half of the year, Apple had itself positioned to take a massive amount of market share from Microsoft in the third quarter, due to a combination of aggressive upgrade pricing and actually having its new OS and hardware available in that quarter. In what continues to look like a tennis match, Microsoft has struck back with an aggressive, though short-lived, massively discounted preorder program which, based on recent surveys, may result in the company mitigating Apple's attack and announced initial pricing. I wrote earlier on Apple's move into the enterprise. Let's now go over the pricing program, discounts, upgrade recommendations and a few closing thoughts on Windows 7.

Microsoft Pricing

In every geography, pricing for Windows 7 will generally mirror or be under pricing for Windows Vista. In addition, there will probably be sales specials during the fourth quarter that will be announced close to launch... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Pricing: Microsoft Responds to Snow Leopard Threat with Hot Deal

It ain't over till the fat lady... errr... ok, bad turn of phrase.

Apple hasn't announced any solid Snow Leopard release date, so do not be surprised if we suddenly see it released pre-Oct 22nd just to stick another thing in Microsoft's back... I sure as hell won't be, I'm expecting it around the time they have the next shindig announcing new iPods, etc... potentially a new Mac mini also among other things... with Snow Leopard released either the same day or right on the heels of those announcements.

Apple is fairly predictable these days. So much for their "Thinking Different" concepts...
 

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Question: Windows licensing

Hello!
I have a few questions regarding Windows 7 (and 8) licensing, I hope someone will be able to help me as I've asked around already and no one was able to told me for sure.
I need a licensed copy of Windows 7 (or 8, but preferably 7) for an office computer in a business company (in Europe).
I would of course like to get it as cheap as possible, preferably used or whatever it takes for it to be as cheap as possible while still legal of couruse.
So, can the retail copy be bought second hand and installed on another computer (after being deleted from the previous computer)? Can I get it that way?
What about OEM copies? Can I use one, second hand maybe? Probably not, right?
And what about the COA license? I've seen those offered online, is that legal for a company computer?
Is there anything else, any other way? I really don't know much about licensing and can't find the answers at the Microsoft pages. I emailed them but of course got no reply.
Thank you for your help in advance!
 

Answer:Windows licensing

Take look here: An Explanation of OEM, Upgrade, Academic, And Full Versions of software

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I recently bought Windows 7 Pro to upgrade from Win XP Pro.
 
In one of the sub windows it had a nitification that I needed to register the OS with Microsoft. I bought from TigerDirect. 1st I saw it was 2 days, then 1...So I decided to register.
 
The wierd thing was, there was a completely different number that was listed. When I registered, it dawned on me to change the number to the one I bought, because it took the defaulted number without any problems. When I attempted to perform that task, the prompt kicked back & said something to the effect that it was an erronious number?
 
My question is, will there be a trap in the future that will red flag my system? In that there will be no updates for my computer or that functions will mysteriously quit because my computer won't be accepted for support from Microsoft?
 
It might sound stupid. I always follow the correct path for these things. I don't purchase knock off programs or OS disks. I just want to go through the proper protocol & channels.
 
If this license issue comes back to bite me in the ass or if there is that possibility, then I would rather deal with it now. Please post links, experince with this sort of issue, or pass on to me that I have nothing to worry about.
 
Thanks for the read of this; bit winded message.
 
mixpix

Answer:Windows 7 licensing.

FWIW:  If you have a valid license for the version of Windows installed...there is nothing at all to worry or fret over.
 
Louis

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I was talking to a friend of mine who's been researching Win8 and he told me something I thought I'd better ask about...

Supposedly, with windows 8 MS has started a "Pay for installation" system where you dont actually get the windows license key (so you'll have to pay or at the least call the OEM each time to re-install 8) --- that only a very few places are selling the actual key with the Disc...

Also supposedly windows 9 will go purely to this "pay for a one-time install".

Anyone know anything about this? Likewise if it's true anyone know what retailers are still selling the actual key with W8? (I'm sticking with 7 as long as I can but I know eventually I'll have to upgrade and I dont want to get a 1-time-install key...)
 

Answer:Windows 8 Licensing...?

Scratch that source of "information" off the knows-what-he-or-she-is-talking-about list.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-8-activation.html
 

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I read through licensing STICKY but I have some lingering questions. We have recently started purchasing more and more Mac Pro workstations, and have a few users who would like to use VMware fusion for a windows XP VM for certain work (sometimes we don't want t burn a server 2003 MSDN license for it). Has anyone ever spoken to a Microsoft rep about purchasing Windows XP Pro OEM COA/disk for this purpose? would a person really still have to buy "required hardware" if it's going in a virtual environment? Could a copy of VMware Server, fusion, or something like virtualbox count as hardware?
 

Answer:Windows XP OEM licensing on a VM

Microsoft's hardware requirements are very specific and no "software" will count as your hardware purchase.

OEM XP in vm environments isn't a viable option for a couple reasons;

1. OEM licenses are "legally" tied to the first computer it is installed on, meaning, if you install the OEM license in a virtual computer, as per the EULA, that license is used and you are not supposed to transfer the license to any other machine (virtual or physical).

2. OEM licenses require activation which may cause more grief since VM hardware can change more frequently if your users have a tendenacy to change virtual hardware.

If you have access to MSDN for Server 2003, then you should also have access to XP which comes with a bundle of XP licenses for testing and development purposes. You may even have a volume license which would be more suitable because it won't prompt for activation.
 

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Hello
I want to purchase windows 7 pro but my Resler Said i have only windows 10.
Can i buy it and
Downgrade this license to windows 7 ?

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I have recently found out that MS/Dell no longer have COAs on the outside of their computers as they're trying to cut down on piracy. Instead, they use a SLIC table in the BIOS. Our general procedure upon receiving a new computer from Dell is to immediately wipe the factory image and install our company's own. In this case, what license key are we to use? We use an XML file to apply the key and it would suck to have to manually change it for every system.

When we ran into this in the past, we were told that the COA was the real license and that any OEM key would work. We installed Win 7 from an OEM cd, used keyfinder to get the key, and use that with all of our installations. Is this still (was it ever??) a valid procedure? What is the industry accepted way to do this?

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Can anyone answer this question for me?
I'm currently testing the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation version on a old HP TX2000 laptop. I'm having some problems because I can't get proper driver support for the Nvidia chipset (I used a modified INF with the most current, but still ancient, driver from laptopvideo2go). I'm also having difficulty installing Windows 8 with my Intel SSD (but works perfectly for my standard hard drive).
I'd like to get Windows 8 for the laptop because I'm still enjoying the experience. But if I see the same problems with the retail edition, I'd like to instead use Windows 8 on a different PC and revert back to Windows 7 for the old laptop.
Now for the licensing question... Can I install the Windows 8 Pro edition on another PC? Especially if I delete it off the old laptop? I don't remember how licensing works exactly. I know it's tied somewhat to the hardware being installed on. So I was afraid if I first install on the laptop and it's not a success, that I can't use it on my desktop PC.

Answer:Windows 8 licensing

There are two versions of Windows 8 Pro. The Upgrade and OEM/System Builder. The Upgrade can be transferred to another PC provided that PC has a licensed copy of XP, Vista or Win 7 installed at time of upgrade and gives you a choice to Upgrade or do a clean install. It has been stated that the OEM/System Builder, under the Personal Use License, can be transferred to another PC that you own but this has not been 100% verified by MS. It does not require a previous version to be on your system. Either version can be on only one PC at a time so needs to be removed from old PC. Under Windows 7 the OEM version is locked to the first PC but looks like that has changed with Windows 8.

Jim

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Got a bit of a question... I have a laptop that i got to replace my french-fried CPU(refer to "I'm an Idiot" post).. question I have is, I've got a license of the XP Home upgrade. Say I were to install XP on the laptop, and I delete the OS from the old HDD ( hoping to get a mounting kit). Since I technically only am running one license, and when I call Microsoft to ask them to give me a new activation deal, what will they say?

Ideas anyone? If not, I guess I'll have to go and find a license of XP pro.. don't want to have to do that though.

Answer:Windows XP licensing

they shouldnt say nothing.
hell if i ever bought a windows xp, id throw it on all the computers i can, my familys, my friends, even strangers. !
microsoft is a huge money sucking company, its sad they even charge schools alot of money for the crap that they sell.

anyways, just call them, tell them what happend and if they do say no u cant do that, tell them u want to talk to bill gates now, and keep bitching at them until they do! or just ask for someone higher then them and say how bad a customer service rep they were..


well thats all ic an say, thats what i would do

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Question: Windows Licensing

Can someone please help me as im confused about windows lisencing.I saw in a magazine that a lady's computer had blew up and was no longer working, all of the components were damaged. After buying a new PC she was told that she had to buy windows again, even though she had already got the CD + license from her old PC.I thought that by buying a copy of windows it allowed you to have it installed anywhere so long as it was removed on one machine before being installed on another.

Answer:Windows Licensing

Depends, if was a full retail version (which I doubt if it was supplied with the computer) then no problem.If OEM, which is likely, then no. It cannot be installed to another machine as it is tied permanently to the pc it was supplied with. If that no longer exists then all you can do is throw the disc away.

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Question: Windows Licensing

Can someone please help me as im confused about windows lisencing.I saw in a magazine that a lady's computer had blew up and was no longer working, all of the components were damaged. After buying a new PC she was told that she had to buy windows again, even though she had already got the CD + license from her old PC.I thought that by buying a copy of windows it allowed you to have it installed anywhere so long as it was removed on one machine before being installed on another.

Answer:Windows Licensing

Depends if the copy is oem or off the shelf, in theory, if the os is oem then it is for that pc only. But, if you went to say PCWorld and brought winxp off the shelf, then providing it is only installed on one machine at a time, then I believe, it is transferable. I'm sure someone more knowledable than I will be able to answer for sure.

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Question: Windows Licensing

Hello, can i use windows starter edition or windows home basic on Business? like do i have a licensing issues installing this 2 OS's in a Company?

Answer:Windows Licensing

Hi,

You can use any combination of those versions, as long as each version has its own unique licence key. Each Windows installation requires its own unique validation key.

For corporate environments, Volume Licensing is often a better route:
https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/

Regards,
Golden

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Hi all,

I have developed a digital signage application that we are shortyly going to rollout to a client who has 200 outlets.

I am not experienced in the ways of XP Embedded and have been advised on many times that I should not go down this route.

What's the most cost effective way of getting the licensing?

Is it easy to become an OEM supplier? or do I go down the volume licensing way?

Is there a minimum for volume licensing as we have a a tight cash flow for this product and can I just purchase more as and when I need then?

Answer:Windows XP Licensing

try this: How to Obtain a Volume License for Windows XP Home | eHow.com

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Jedi Knights
I am creating a network at home and want to purchase Windows XP professional for the computers:
from what I understand, you cannot install XP pro on more than 1 machine (????)
IS there a difference between OEm versions and Retail versions???

Thanks
 

Answer:Windows XP licensing

Yes you need a copy for each PC.

The base OS is the same but I understand a few extras are missing. And I heard Microsoft is not telling what they are.
 

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I had a question about an issue I come across often as I slowly begin to do side tech work... I wanted input from other support professionals.

When you are working on a PC in which Windows has become corrupt and re-installation is necessary, how do you go about it? Do you ask the client for the original disks it came with? Do you purchase a retail copy or refurbished copy?
Thanks for helping a n00b!
 

Answer:Windows 7 Licensing

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Why do I need Office File validation 2010 32 bit, if I already have a 64 bit version of Windows 7?

Answer:Confusing Windows Update! Please Help!

The Microsoft Office installation you have is 32-bit, which explains why the update says 32-bit. The update you mentioned is for Microsoft Office, not Windows itself.You've been helped by a 15 year old.

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I am still confused about Windows XP and these daft licenses.What I understand so far is that there is an OEM and a retail version of Windows XP Professional. Both of these require activation and come with licenses.There is a version of XP Pro called Corporate Edition, which does not require activation, but if it isn't genuine it won't let you install SP1 (like all of them).I have looked into buying a copy on Ebay, but am still unsure about that. Also, if the genuine XP machine is then set up on a Windows 2000 Server to allow it to connect to the Internet to activate, will Microsoft be able to detect this through their website?I also know that you can buy a license to make a pirate XP copy genuine - does this work with XP Pro Corporate Edition? Is the license any different to XP Pro? The operating system is exactly the same except activation as far as I know.By the way, the 2000 Server is installed for private home use and is mainly for educational purposes (so I could learn how it works), so I see nothing wrong with that, especially now it's obsolete.Sorry to keep posting threads about XP and licensing, etc, but I am really not sure what the situation is with all these stupid licenses, and would like to sort it out so that I know exactly what I have to do.

Answer:Really Confusing Windows XP Licenses

The corporate version of XP is legal if you are a corporation and can afford to pay for the number of licences you require. These may come in 25 or 50 or 100 user. If you are a home user or a small organisation then you will not be able to afford a corporate version of Windows XP. The only way you will be able to get hold of one is illegal!! YOu are correct in your statement that XP Corporate edition does not require activation but if you are thinking of buying fron ebay it should cost you several hundred if not several thousands of pounds.

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OK, I have a Windows licensing question. I know is mention many time but my scenario is little different. I been working for a small tech computer who sometimes lease computer equipment (PC, Laptops) to clients and customers. These are new computers purchase directly from system manufactures.

Long story short, we have over 300+ computers in total and been re-imaging when it gets return to us after the agreement and terms for the lease. I noticed all the computers is have OEM keys and is activating over KMS in our Windows 2008 server.

My questions,

How can I check the validity of the KMS server is using a pirated key or legit VLK?

Just say if we found out the KMS VLK is pirated do we just purchase a single VLK from Microsoft for the purpose of re-imaging the machines with OEM keys? We are running all 32 and 64 bit Windows 7.

Refence: http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/118928-windows-7-volume-licensing-and-re-imaging

thanks
 

Answer:Windows Licensing on 100+ Computers

KMS validates against MS every 4 days I believe if the VLK KMS key is pirated then it will fail to activate. (It would have been revoked)Nothing You need to do on your end. If your unsure I would contact MS licensing they will help you especially if some one has stolen your company VLK. KMS only activate minimum of 25 cals of Windows and 25 Office and I think 5 of Server.
 

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Can I use an XP pro 32 bit license on a XP 64 bit install?
 

Answer:Windows XP 64 bit licensing question

Rtstrider said:


Can I use an XP pro 32 bit license on a XP 64 bit install?Click to expand...

I'm pretty sure that 64bit had its own cd key and license.
 

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Hey Guys,

I'm wondering if any of you can give me some insight on the Following Scenario:

I would like to create a virtual machine on my MBP of Windows 10 Pro for testing/troubleshooting/general tinkery. I imagine I will be utilizing Snapshots but can anybody force issues with me purchasing a copy of windows 10 to run in Virtual box as part of a single pc /virtualized domain setup? I have licenses for server 2k12 R2 but not windows. I'd like to purchase licenses for 10 and 7.

any thoughts?

Answer:Licensing Question - Windows and VMs

If you're just doing this for testing, then you can simply download the 180 day trial from TechNet and use that.

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I've recently installed Windows 7 Home Premium on an iMac using a friend's disc and product key. I however have not activated it yet. So my question is, if I buy the Windows 7 Home Premium OEM version, can I use that to activate the Windows I've already installed without having to uninstall and install it again with the proper disc?

Answer:Activate Windows 7 with OEM licensing?

The new key should work...

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Machine Apricot with Windows 10Pro (license A person A)
Machine Bobcat with Windows 10Pro (license B person B)
Machine Charger (brand new) with Windows 10Pro (license C person no one yet)

I'm wondering what the best way to do the following is... And yes, it's a bit convoluted. With Windows 7 this was not a problem at all. I am very unsure of how this is all going to work out.

In simple terms I am moving all the machines down one rung, but I need to keep the license at the same point.

Machine Apricot with Windows 10Pro (license C person no one yet)
Machine Bobcat with Windows 10Pro (license A person A)
Machine Charger (brand new machine) with Windows 10Pro (license B person B)

Is this doable?

Can I change the "admin" of a machine with a clean install and retain the same license? If I can do this, then it shouldn't be a problem. I can go about it that route.

Otherwise? Any other ideas?
How should I proceed doing this?

Answer:Moving Windows 10 Licensing

If you want to do complete wipes of the computers before giving them to the new users, then just do clean installs of Windows 10 Pro, wiping the hard drives/SSDs in the process - select Custom install option and delete all the partitions on the hard drive/SSD then install Windows 10 Pro to the unallocated space. The new Windows 10 installations will retrieve the digital licenses for Windows 10 previously stored on Microsoft activation servers and activate automatically.

Or, if you don't want to wipe the computers' hard drive/SSDs, then just create a new user account on the computer for the new user, change the account type to administrator. Log in with the new user account and, if desired, delete the old user account.

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Hey Guys,

I'm wondering if any of you can give me some insight on the Following Scenario:

I would like to create a virtual machine on my MBP of Windows 10 Pro for testing/troubleshooting/general tinkery. I imagine I will be utilizing Snapshots but can anybody force issues with me purchasing a copy of windows 10 to run in Virtual box as part of a single pc /virtualized domain setup? I have licenses for server 2k12 R2 but not windows. I'd like to purchase licenses for 10 and 7.

any thoughts?

Answer:Licensing Question - Windows and VMs

If you're just doing this for testing, then you can simply download the 180 day trial from TechNet and use that.

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Hi Guys,
Over the past few months I have built several computer using the Windows 7 RC. I also have several friends and family members using Vista or XP that want to upgrade to Windows 7 when it officially launches. Is there a way to purchase a license that can be used on multiple computers? Or is that prohibitively expensive?
 

Answer:Windows Licensing Question

sure, you can get a volume license.
But certainly not cheap
 

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So I have my (legit) beta keys (one for 32, one for 64). I plan on purchasing Windows 7 as soon as it comes out (barring some Vista-esque show-stopping epic fail). If I start running Windows 7 exclusively (which I know is a risk in and of itself) is there a possibility I may end up with an expired beta/RC but be unable to install a final code release because it is not yet available even though the time-bombs in the beta/RC have expired?
 

Answer:Windows 7 Licensing-ish Question

Uhmmm... that makes no sense whatsoever.

Windows 7 Beta 1 (if activated) will continue to work till August of this year. If you're still running Beta 1 at that time (because 1 more beta may come out, more likely it'll go straight to a release candidate next) you should shoot yourself in the head or something...

When Windows 7 goes RTM and is actually available as a finished product, you'd never install it on top of the beta or release candidate installations; you'd install it clean, like the brand new finished OS it is.

You get that, right?
 

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The Windows 7 KMS Licensing Service can not work on my lenovo S12(via nano).  It shows an error code as followed:0xC004F035Description:The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not beactivated with a Volume license product key. Volume-licensed systems requireupgrading from a qualifying operating system. Please contact your systemadministrator or use a different type of key. However, the computer is shipped without operating system.  After web browsing, I fuond the problem may lie in the BIOS .  There is a label [SLIC] shows in the ACPI table name list.  An improper version of Windows System may be wrote into the BIOS.  It seems like I need a newer version of BIOS firnware to clear out the SLIC to pass the KMS Licensing Service.  I called lenovo's local technical support, but it appears that they did not realize this problem.  Is there any newer version of BIOS firnware to solve this problem?  

Answer:Windows 7 KMS Licensing Service on S12

Hello MKBF and welcome. The problem is not the BIOS, but a Microsoft license issue. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938450about half way down the page:CauseThis issue may occur because volume editions are licensed for upgrade only. Installation of a volume operating system on a computer that does not have a qualifying operating system installed is not supported. WorkaroundTo work around this issue, install a qualifying version of a Microsoft operating system, and then reinstall the volume operating system.A Windows XP installation should do ... or maybe just the /i386 folder from XP on the hard drive? - Or you need to buy a more expensive Windows 7 key. --Hans

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So I got a new computer and gave my old one to my father. I reinstalled Windows 7 on the old one for a fresh start using the CD from my new computer because the old one didn't come with a disc, but I used the activation code from the old computer. Same version of Windows and all, but now my father is getting the but a valid copy of Windows message. So is there a fix, did I do something wrong, or should I just but new copy of Windows and install that on the old computer?

Answer:Windows licensing problem

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

From what I can tell, you did nothing wrong. You should be able to use most any W7 installation DVD to install retail or OEM W7. You might be interested in this tutorial:
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

As far as how to fix the issue with that old computer, I'll have to let others comment on that.

If the computer is in another home, then you might want to install TeamViewer and set it up for unattenuated connections. Then you can set the old computer not to sleep (just while you are working to sort this out). That lets you remote into the computer anytime that you have the time :-)

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I have purchased 10 licenses for windows 7 and have installed windows 7 on 10 laptops. Lets say I Install windows 7 on a 11th laptop, will windows 7 be valid on the 11th laptop, if atleast one of the laptops with Win 7 is turned off? In other words is Windows licensing concurrent? Or can I only install win 7 on 10 laptops whether the laptop is turned on or not? Any info will help me out. How does the licensing work?

Answer:How Windows Licensing Works?

Retail licenses can migrate to the machine of your choice as long as the installation on the previous machine is deleted. When activating the new install you may be forwarded to phone activation to be asked how many machines the copy is installed upon, to which the only accepted answer is one. This gives MS Activation servers the go-ahead to deactivate another machine which later appears online with that Product Key.

To delete Win7 use the booted Win7 DVD Custom install>Drive Options>Delete, a bootable partition manager like free Partition Wizard CD, or Diskpart command to Delete Partition Override from DVD or Repair CD: DISKPART At PC Startup

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I have a Mac Book Pro 2013, where I intend to install Windows 8.1 Pro, either via Bootcamp or Parallel. Couple of questions for this scenario...

I understand that I'll need to purchase a license, but... What's the advantage of getting a retail/boxed full version vs. OEM 64-bit full version? Can the retail version be moved to a PC platform, if I no longer need Windows 8.1 on the Mac Book? Also...

Do I need to activate Windows during installation, or can it be bypassed and use Windows for couple of days and then activate it? By no means I am looking for circumventing licensing, I'd just would not like to use the license key, if Windows won't work on the Mac Book. The chances are the Windows 8.1 will run just fine, but having couple of days to test it would be nice...
TIA...

Answer:Windows 8.1 licensing options...

If you have internet access windows will automatically try to activate online, if you cancel it a watermark will show up on the desktop, several settings will be disabled (like lock up screen personalization) and a notification appears from time to time. But the OS will still work.

If you simply want to test it on your mac book, I'd advise disabling or turning off any network card or wireless card, that way windows won't be able to activate.

As far as I know, when you buy an OEM version and install it on a pc, the OS is tied to that system and you can't install it on another. Retail version can be installed on multiple PCs, but can only be used one at a time, basically once you're done with a PC, you can still use your retail version for a new install.

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Machine Apricot with Windows 10Pro (license A person A)
Machine Bobcat with Windows 10Pro (license B person B)
Machine Charger (brand new) with Windows 10Pro (license C person no one yet)

I'm wondering what the best way to do the following is... And yes, it's a bit convoluted. With Windows 7 this was not a problem at all. I am very unsure of how this is all going to work out.

In simple terms I am moving all the machines down one rung, but I need to keep the license at the same point.

Machine Apricot with Windows 10Pro (license C person no one yet)
Machine Bobcat with Windows 10Pro (license A person A)
Machine Charger (brand new machine) with Windows 10Pro (license B person B)

Is this doable?

Can I change the "admin" of a machine with a clean install and retain the same license? If I can do this, then it shouldn't be a problem. I can go about it that route.

Otherwise? Any other ideas?
How should I proceed doing this?

Answer:Moving Windows 10 Licensing

If you want to do complete wipes of the computers before giving them to the new users, then just do clean installs of Windows 10 Pro, wiping the hard drives/SSDs in the process - select Custom install option and delete all the partitions on the hard drive/SSD then install Windows 10 Pro to the unallocated space. The new Windows 10 installations will retrieve the digital licenses for Windows 10 previously stored on Microsoft activation servers and activate automatically.

Or, if you don't want to wipe the computers' hard drive/SSDs, then just create a new user account on the computer for the new user, change the account type to administrator. Log in with the new user account and, if desired, delete the old user account.

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Anyone know where / how i can get Windows licenses (bulk or volume /corporate key) ?

yes, legit !
for Windows 7


thx for steering me in the right direction
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 - licensing

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Because of some funky stuff going on with my computer (corrupted files, virus, etc), I was planning on wiping everything off and starting over. Much to my dismay, I found that one of my darling children had peeled the sticker off the side of the computer with the Windows XP licensing agreement number on it. I know that's the first thing you need when reinstalling Windows XP. Is there anyplace in the system itself to find this number or am I going to be forced to buy another copy of Windows XP???
 

Answer:Windows XP Licensing number

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