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How many times does a WAU license permit installation and activation of the WAU pk? RRS feed

  • Question

  • During the TechBeta program the Anytime Upgrade team warned us (in a chat) that the WAU license was limited to one transfer to another compuer and also one reinstallation on the same computer.  Can you direct me to a url that can straighten me out on this?  I have read all of the WAU pages I can find searching microsoft.com and the KB.  Those chats were 18 months ago and matters have probably changed.

     

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:19 PM
    Answerer

Answers

  • Microsoft is modifying the end user license agreement for full packaged product versions of Windows Vista purchased through a retailer or from Microsoft, and then upgraded using Windows Anytime Upgrade. Under the terms of the modified license agreement, you are now granted the right to uninstall Windows Vista and then reinstall the operating system on a different computer. Provided you uninstall the operating system from your original computing device and do not share the license among multiple devices, you are no longer limited in the number of times that you may reassign the license to different devices. This modification is effective immediately, and will be included within future versions of the end user license agreement. All other terms of the end user license agreement apply to your use of the software.

     

    Ref: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/windowsanytimeupgrade/faq.mspx

     

    Find License Terms for Software Licensed from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:49 PM
    Moderator

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  • Microsoft is modifying the end user license agreement for full packaged product versions of Windows Vista purchased through a retailer or from Microsoft, and then upgraded using Windows Anytime Upgrade. Under the terms of the modified license agreement, you are now granted the right to uninstall Windows Vista and then reinstall the operating system on a different computer. Provided you uninstall the operating system from your original computing device and do not share the license among multiple devices, you are no longer limited in the number of times that you may reassign the license to different devices. This modification is effective immediately, and will be included within future versions of the end user license agreement. All other terms of the end user license agreement apply to your use of the software.

     

    Ref: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/windowsanytimeupgrade/faq.mspx

     

    Find License Terms for Software Licensed from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:49 PM
    Moderator
  • Carey, when did the last item in FAQ get added?  I have reviewed that page very recently and I could swear that item is brand new. 

     

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:01 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi Colin -

     

    I don't know when the WAU FAQ web page was updated, but it may have been just recently updated to coincide with the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  SP1 does modify and enhance the Vista licensing agreement.

     

     

     

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:01 PM
    Moderator
  • I have been recommending that users be aware of the old rule when considering WAU so I am glad to see that transferrability of the WAU license is now dependent on the eligibility for transfer of the superceded licence and not on a one-time rule anymore.  I consider it good news.  Thanks for your replies.

     

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:08 PM
    Answerer