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How many PC's can I install on?

by markcorbyn / June 15, 2007 12:24 AM PDT

Hi,

I have just purchased Windows Vista Home Premium DVD, Full Retail version. I seem to remember reading somewhere that I can only install it on two PC's? Is this determined by the motherboard? Is protection built into the software to PREVENT me installing it on more than two PC's?

I'm thinking that throughout the lifetime of Vista, I am likely to own more than two PC's or motheboards, does this mean I would have to buy Vista again in the future?

Also, another reason for my concern is Vista has just been delivered but there is some damage to the casing making me suspect someone has opened the box and stolen the PRODUCT KEY. Is this going to cause me problems if somebody has stolen the product key?

Thanks for you time,
Mark

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Millions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 12:26 AM PDT

But it will only activate on ONE.

Hope that clears it up for you.

Bob

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One at a time...
by John.Wilkinson / June 15, 2007 3:05 AM PDT

The license limits you to a single installation on a single computer at any given time. This is enforced by product activation and the WGA program. If you try to install on multiple computers it will most likely refuse, prompting you to call Microsoft. If you do install it on two computers at once it will likely enter 'reduced functionality mode' on at least one and report the OS as pirated. What does this mean? Well, Vista can actually lock down, enabling you to access only Internet Explorer for 1 hour increments...no other programs, no desktop, no taskbar, etc. In short, don't do it.

You can, however, transfer the license from one computer to another, provided you completely remove Vista from the 'old' computer first. You just have to call Microsoft's toll-free number and tell them you're transferring the license...they'll give you a confirmation code and de-activate Vista for the old system.

Finally, if someone else has stolen the product key and used it you may be prevented from installing Vista or have your actions restricted. (See above.) Note that most companies will refuse to replace the copy if the packaging is opened unless the DVD is damaged, so it may be an uphill battle. If it's just damaged and not opened I wouldn't worry too much, and if there is a problem you can always show proof of purchase to Microsoft and request the key be deactivated and you be sent a new one.

Hope this helps,
John

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Thanks
by markcorbyn / June 15, 2007 4:29 AM PDT
In reply to: One at a time...

Thank you,

Brilliant, clearly explained answer.
I will attempt to install it then and see what the outcome is.

Thanks again,
Mark

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