On how many PC's I can use my Retail Win 8 Pro Key?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by MrRTM, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. MrRTM

    MrRTM MDL Member

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    Hey guys,

    I just bought a new Win 8 Pro Retail from BestBuy!
    Now I have a question: On how many different PC's, laptops I can use the same Key to install Windows 8 Pro?

    Note: All the computers will be on same network (same IP) and probably It will be installed on Just 2 Laptops.

    thanks
     
  2. AlexAlba

    AlexAlba MDL Addicted

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    1 KEY is only for 1 PC at a time.
     
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  3. MrRTM

    MrRTM MDL Member

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    So if I install it on 2 PC's, one will be deactivated?
     
  4. AlexAlba

    AlexAlba MDL Addicted

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    Once you use that key on 1 PC, it won't let you activate another PC with the same key.
     
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  5. MSDNAA

    MSDNAA MDL Senior Member

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    Ultimately, as far as retail key as concern 1 Key is good to activate 1 PC but you can still activate 10 different PCs max w/ online activation or by phone activation. They key won't get blocked. But the Microsoft EULA says that you should activate only one PC for single retail key.

    Cheers
     
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  6. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    i had the same retail key installed on 3 different machines and all online activation without a problem:)
     
  7. kastrel

    kastrel MDL Member

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    how? means that this key can activate retail 10 pcs different online by phone?
    But,MS let you use 10 activations with a single key retail, even if done by phone? I still think for this activation by phone with key retail MS do it soon falls down.
     
  8. AlexAlba

    AlexAlba MDL Addicted

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    I believe that after a certain amount of activations, Microsoft will block that key.
     
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  9. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    yes, M$ is blocking leaked windows 8 pro keys when thousands try to activate 8.1 Pro by phone :roflmao:
     
  10. kastrel

    kastrel MDL Member

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    Yes, I say that for example, enable 10pcs different with the same retail chave can fall even if done by phone,the WAT in windows will recognizes the same key was used in all 10 pcs(all pcs activated in same time).:p
     
  11. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    #11 Jessica Alba, Sep 28, 2013
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    that didn't happen in windows vista, windows 7 or windows 8 yet, but don't know about windows 8.1:)
     
  12. Baghi

    Baghi MDL Junior Member

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    What I understand you can use the same key as many times as you like (obviously not on 1,000s of PCs), unless or until the key is reported for example, MS won't block (or blacklist) it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    The safest way to utilize a genuine is to use it on offline machines. :p

    Disclaimer: I'll not be held responsible if you end up with a block key after reading this post.
     
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  13. Baghi

    Baghi MDL Junior Member

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    So, the 10 activations per key is a 24-hour limit or for the whole life? Also, the link you mentioned states you can activate multiple PCs with an OEM key, isn't tied with your motherboard?

    Thanks.
     
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  14. MrRTM

    MrRTM MDL Member

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    how about one key used on 2 different machines?
     
  15. daspicer

    daspicer MDL Novice

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    #17 daspicer, Sep 29, 2013
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    My wife just had to have Windows 8.1. So about 2 weeks ago I bought what was stated to be a Windows 8 Pro key on eBay. It activated Windows 8.1 immediately. Yesterday I install Windows 8.1 on my computer, used the same key, and it likewise activated immediately. So what I may have purchased is a MSDN/TechNet key?
     
  16. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    you probable have the msdn retail key. as of yet no other retail keys are available :)
     
  17. kastrel

    kastrel MDL Member

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    these key retail for windows 8.1 leaked on the net(pastebin), it's from MSNDAA?
     
  18. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    lol ask him in PM :D
     
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