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How many times can I use my product key?

  1. #1


    Greg Guest

    How many times can I use my product key?

    Hello, I plan on upgrading to Vista and I have a question. Can I use my
    product key an unlimited amount of times for activating WIndows Vista? I do
    not plan on using the key on multiple computers, I am against software piracy
    like that. The reason I ask is because every years or so, I like to
    re-format my computer because I get junk build-ups, so I like to clean
    everything out. Is there a limit on how many times it can be re-used? Will
    it not allow me to reactivate the same key if I change hardware? Also, I
    plan on getting a full install non-OEM version. Is that bootable from the
    computers main DOS screen? Usually when I install XP, I use several boot
    disks to do it, and its a pain in the arse.

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  2. #2


    Greg Guest

    RE: How many times can I use my product key?



    "Greg" wrote:

    > Also, I
    > plan on getting a full install non-OEM version. Is that bootable from the
    > computers main DOS screen? Usually when I install XP, I use several boot
    > disks to do it, and its a pain in the arse.


    Let me correct that, I plan on getting a home premium upgrade non-OEM
    version. I have Win XP Pro 32 bit edition. Will there be any problems
    upgrading?

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  3. #3


    Myweb Guest

    Re: How many times can I use my product key?

    Hello Greg,

    If your license is legal shouldn't be a problem to use more than one time,
    even if you change your hardware and you have to reactivate. If not via Internet
    you maybe have to phone MS for activation, but they help you.

    For checking if your machine/software is compatible look here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...9-3ffc194924f8

    Best regards

    Myweb
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.

    > Hello, I plan on upgrading to Vista and I have a question. Can I use
    > my product key an unlimited amount of times for activating WIndows
    > Vista? I do not plan on using the key on multiple computers, I am
    > against software piracy like that. The reason I ask is because every
    > years or so, I like to re-format my computer because I get junk
    > build-ups, so I like to clean everything out. Is there a limit on how
    > many times it can be re-used? Will it not allow me to reactivate the
    > same key if I change hardware? Also, I plan on getting a full install
    > non-OEM version. Is that bootable from the computers main DOS screen?
    > Usually when I install XP, I use several boot disks to do it, and its
    > a pain in the arse.
    >




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  4. #4


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: How many times can I use my product key?

    Hi Greg,

    XP Pro only upgrades to Vista Ultimate or Business, not Home Premium.

    The product key for a retail full version of Vista can be used as often as
    you deem necessary, regardless of the number of hardware changes. Be aware
    that at some point the activation may need to be done by phone rather than
    the automated sequence, but it is allowed none the less.

    The full retail version is bootable and requires no other disks provided
    your system's BIOS allows booting from an optical (DVD) drive.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "Greg" <Greg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:614C6D75-3730-4A0D-B7A6-39CF4B4E2F25@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Greg" wrote:
    >
    >> Also, I
    >> plan on getting a full install non-OEM version. Is that bootable from
    >> the
    >> computers main DOS screen? Usually when I install XP, I use several boot
    >> disks to do it, and its a pain in the arse.

    >
    > Let me correct that, I plan on getting a home premium upgrade non-OEM
    > version. I have Win XP Pro 32 bit edition. Will there be any problems
    > upgrading?



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  5. #5


    CB Guest

    Re: How many times can I use my product key?

    The retail "upgrade" version of Vista can also be installed as many times as
    you wish on the same machine. It is also bootable from your DVD drive. Many
    people (including some at Microsoft) will tell you that the "upgrade" retail
    version is not bootable from a DVD drive and that you cannot do a clean
    install from an "upgrade" version. This is NOT TRUE. They are not giving you
    the correct information. In any case I would always do a CLEAN install as
    opposed to an upgrade overlay. Have a nice day.

    "Myweb" wrote:

    > Hello Greg,
    >
    > If your license is legal shouldn't be a problem to use more than one time,
    > even if you change your hardware and you have to reactivate. If not via Internet
    > you maybe have to phone MS for activation, but they help you.
    >
    > For checking if your machine/software is compatible look here:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...9-3ffc194924f8
    >
    > Best regards
    >
    > Myweb
    > Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    > no rights.
    >
    > > Hello, I plan on upgrading to Vista and I have a question. Can I use
    > > my product key an unlimited amount of times for activating WIndows
    > > Vista? I do not plan on using the key on multiple computers, I am
    > > against software piracy like that. The reason I ask is because every
    > > years or so, I like to re-format my computer because I get junk
    > > build-ups, so I like to clean everything out. Is there a limit on how
    > > many times it can be re-used? Will it not allow me to reactivate the
    > > same key if I change hardware? Also, I plan on getting a full install
    > > non-OEM version. Is that bootable from the computers main DOS screen?
    > > Usually when I install XP, I use several boot disks to do it, and its
    > > a pain in the arse.
    > >

    >
    >
    >


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