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How many instances? License question. RRS feed

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  • Hi,

     

    I would like to ask how many instances of Windows XP SP2 OEM I'm allowed to install on a PC per product key. I used to use a Windows 2000 installation as a sort of "master partition manager" on a machine with Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP, but the hardware of my new computer doesn't seem to get on with Windows 2000, so I'm looking to install 2 instances of XP, one as "partition master" only.

     

    Can anyone authoritatively say that I can do that on one license, or do I need to purchase a second license? That is, an extra, non-OEM Windows XP package. I searched around this forum a bit, but couldn't find this specific question addressed anywhere.

     

    Thanks very much in advance.

    Saturday, July 5, 2008 8:49 AM

Answers

  • To access the License Agreement on your XP computer, go to:


    Start > Run and type:  WINVER  , and hit enter.


    Then click on "End-User License Agreement".


    You can also open XP's "Help and Support" and type:  EULA
    and hit enter.  Click on "Questions and answers about the EULA".


    The End-User License Agreement states quite clearly:


    "You may install, use, access, display and run one copy
      of the Software on a single computer....

    Saturday, July 5, 2008 12:23 PM
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  • To access the License Agreement on your XP computer, go to:


    Start > Run and type:  WINVER  , and hit enter.


    Then click on "End-User License Agreement".


    You can also open XP's "Help and Support" and type:  EULA
    and hit enter.  Click on "Questions and answers about the EULA".


    The End-User License Agreement states quite clearly:


    "You may install, use, access, display and run one copy
      of the Software on a single computer....

    Saturday, July 5, 2008 12:23 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks Carey, that's very clear.

    Saturday, July 5, 2008 12:54 PM
  • During the installation process I discovered the following information, at:

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810892

     

    "Activations that use the same product key on the same computer are unlimited."

    Can you explain this apparent contradiction with your earlier information?

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:22 AM
  •  Genuine75 wrote:

    During the installation process I discovered the following information, at:

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/810892

     

    "Activations that use the same product key on the same computer are unlimited."

    Can you explain this apparent contradiction with your earlier information?

     

    There is no contradiction.  You can activate an unlimited number of times as long as you install just one (1) instance of Windows on one (1) computer.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 1:17 PM
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  • Why would you want to activate the same installed instance more than once?

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 6:02 PM
  • If you reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows, then you'll have to activate.

     

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 6:07 PM
    Moderator