Question Will this retail box of Win Vista install in more than one PC?

R_1

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no.
OEM copies can be installed to only one PC, ever.
Retail copies can be installed to any machine you own, so long as only 1 machine has it installed at a time. Retail is so you can upgrade all your parts and keep the same OS license.

What you want is a volume license, these are used for enterprise environments.

you can look to linux for an OS that can be installed to many machines with no legal issues.
 

rustedmetal

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Sep 30, 2018
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no.
OEM copies can be installed to only one PC, ever.
Retail copies can be installed to any machine you own, so long as only 1 machine has it installed at a time. Retail is so you can upgrade all your parts and keep the same OS license.

What you want is a volume license, these are used for enterprise environments.

you can look to linux for an OS that can be installed to many machines with no legal issues.
But that's a retail version not oem yet it says only one device? And will MS actually check whether end-of-support OS' are installed on different devices?
 

R_1

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yes the activation servers are still running as far as I know. when the server detects 2 machines with the same reg number one or both will be invalidated.
OEM is meant for the machine it first installed onto only, ever.
Retail one machine at a time, but any machine you want, just one at a time.
 

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