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Does the Windows 8 Upgrade offer license work like the others? Will it activate on more than one machine? I just got an upgrade one today, just wondering if I need to get another one for my desktop.
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It will only work on one computer and you have to wipe the partition the OS is on in order to install it on a different computer.
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I'm interested in this as well. Also, when installing a W8 Pro upgrade, if I wish to also do a clean re-install of my W7 Professional on one of my home computers, do I need to activate W7 first before proceeding with the upgrade? Asking because I have to call Microsoft every time lately, since I've done lots of re-installs (lots of hardware upgrades in the past year, including going through 2 motherboards, an AMD one, followed by an Intel one), and it's time-consuming, so I'd love to skip that step if possible.

And concerning the reply above, wiping the partition would mean a custom clean install, right? And then I'd need a different key? (not an upgrade one, but a full version, I guess)
   
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I'm interested in this as well. Also, when installing a W8 Pro upgrade, if I wish to also do a clean re-install of my W7 Professional on one of my home computers, do I need to activate W7 first before proceeding with the upgrade? Asking because I have to call Microsoft every time lately, since I've done lots of re-installs (lots of hardware upgrades in the past year, including going through 2 motherboards, an AMD one, followed by an Intel one), and it's time-consuming, so I'd love to skip that step if possible.

The upgrade version doesn't require you to have an pre-existing OS installed. So you can use an unformatted drive and the installer will do everything for you as it would with the regular, full version.
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And concerning the reply above, wiping the partition would mean a custom clean install, right? And then I'd need a different key? (not an upgrade one, but a full version, I guess)

Correct. Couldn't find the right word but yes a custom clean install will do just fine. You won't need a different key if you were planning on using the same key on a separate computer. The upgrade key works on one computer only but once it is removed from that computer you can use it again on another, different computer. Hope that makes sense.
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Thank you. And the full version is the same - couldn't install on 2 home computers? (which is what I have -- two).
   
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I believe so.
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The full version allows for up to 5 PCs
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The full version allows for up to 5 PCs

The "full" version being the OEM system builder version, which should only support one computer, as far as I know. The retail version would activate more than one, but the system builder one should only work for one, unless I read incorrectly.
   
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The full version allows for up to 5 PCs

The "full" version being the OEM system builder version, which should only support one computer, as far as I know. The retail version would activate more than one, but the system builder one should only work for one, unless I read incorrectly.
You see this is what I'm confused about. I know the OEM one only allows it to be on one PC at any time, but it was my impression that the retail key could be on multiple machines fine at any time and I was wondering if I could do that with the key I got. Windows 7 on my desktop is quite broken thanks to an accidental reboot while installing updates, and I bought Windows 8 for my laptop because it has a touchscreen and needs a good formatting anyway. I was wondering if I could install it on both with one key.
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From the reading I've done, you risk invalidating both installations when using the same key (from an OEM version). You can keep reusing the key, but only on one computer at a time.
   
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