If it’s OEM license, no matter it’s OS or other MS Product, you can only use it on one PC, on the one that you first installed the license on and activated it. You don’t have transfer rights to another PC.-you can only transfer it together with the PC the another person. If it’s FPP/Retail license, you can transfer the license to another PC but you first must uninstall it from the previous one (you have to respect the 1 PC 1 license). If you are a business owner and you are thinking to buy more the 5 licenses-no matter what MS license-, you can always think as an option to be Volume License Contracts. This contracts give you permission to transfer license from one PC to another (in case the first one gets defective) but you will have to buy a equal number of licenses with the number of PCs. The price is going to be low depending of what license you buy and how many of them, you also get discounts, it’s a very good deal. As for the disk’s, no matter it’s OEM, FPP or VL, if it’s the exact OS, you can use only one for more licenses – just enter the corresponding product keys of each license.
Comment by claudia — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
You need one key per computer, especially for Vista. Microsoft now requires online activation and won’t allow the same key to be used on multiple machines.
In Vista, for example, when you install it it connects to the MS activation server. It registers the key you used as well as some basic hardware info, like the serial number of your CPU. If you try to install it on another machine, it connects to the activation server to activate. When it sees that the key has been used, it checks the hardware information to see if you’re reinstalling on the same machine. If the hardware info doesn’t match, it refuses to activate. You then have 30 days to input a new key or it will shut down.
Comment by WP Autoblog Plugin — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
As far as i know, it’s one licence to a computer. I had installed windows XP on my computer, to install it on my laptop, i had to remove windows XP from my computer and then use the licence key on the laptop.
if you need another version of windows, why don’t you see if you can download Windows 7? (it looks and works very similar to Vista in my opinion)
Comment by jd86 — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
The Windows OEM disc that comes with the computer is an altered Disc used on computers that are manufactured by companies. It is not a so called original OEM disc so to speak. There are two numbers associated wit every Windows Disc, the Product Key Code and the OEM code. Trying to use a Windows CD one a computer and using the Product Key Code from another Disc doesn’t work because these two numbers do not match.
Comment by comtech3 — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
First, the basic facts. In a nutshell, the new Windows Vista retail license says that you may transfer your copy of Windows Vista to another machine once, and that’s it. The license reads: “The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time. If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the ‘licensed device.’” This is a change from the Windows XP retail license, which has no explicit language governing the number of times the OS can be transferred. The upshot is that this winter you buy Vista, install it at home, and at some later date you can also install it on one other PC (provided that you no longer use the original PC that contained Vista). Subsequent transfers are not allowed. After transfer, your newly “licensed device” does not gain another “one time” transfer right. It’s not a cycle, in other words. I’ve seen this interpretation offered online, but when I checked into it with Microsoft, I was told that it is indeed a one-transfer lifetime limitation. Same as it ever was? One key bit of information that has been lost in the shuffle pertains to the applicability of the retail license. This license is quite different from the OEM license that accompanies new PCs—the way in which more than 90% of all versions of Windows are sold. Thus we must immediately note that the retail license affects far fewer users than the OEM license. Indeed, Microsoft’s OEM license for Windows forbids any device transfers at all. A new Gateway PC with Windows is accompanied by a license that forbids you from using that copy of Windows Vista on any other hardware. This isn’t new with Windows Vista, either. Microsoft has been using this kind of language in their licenses for several years.
When asked about this approach to licensing, a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica that the emphasis is on per-device licensing. “With Windows Vista, Microsoft has provided clearer language about the association of the software with a specific device—i.e., one machine, one license—and new provisions for making backups, license transfers and license reassignments,” the spokesperson said. Translation: Windows is licensed by device, not by owner. Retail customers get one transfer, OEM customers get none.
Comment by Love 32 — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
yes just install and enter your key code and let the process finish. They say you need to buy one for each computer but who’s really gonna waste that kind of money when you can use one for all your computer.
The disc you got you can use it a many times as you want.
Comment by o — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
No, you won’t be able to register the copies properly since they have already been registered with Microsoft. You need a separate license for each machine.
Comment by thunder2 — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am
Try putting Linux on one of the computers. Linux does not need any license or require any license keys. You can get it for free.https://ubuntu.com/https://fedoraproject.org/
Comment by warble — January 18, 2010 @ 10:38 am