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My buddy is going to be building a system for his business, and needs to be 100% compliant on software licenses stuff. His system is going to be dual booted xp and vista. He was under the impression that he would need 2 licenses for his software like his anti-virus, ms office, etc. I wouldnt think you do, since its the same pc..but figure i'd see if anyone here had a knowledgeable answer?
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Hmmm, interesting. I would say he could do that, since he is only using it on one machine, and only once at a time.
I can see the software people saying no, since they want more money.
It may also depend on the software. Some may be more lenient than others.

This is one of those grey areas, since most TOS say installed on 1 machine at a time, nothing about 1 OS.
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Well technically the motherboard defines the computer. So since it's on the same mobo, I would assume that legally speaking, it's ok.

If you had to call m$ for such a thing, they would ask "Is the key active on any other machines?" The answer "no" would be the truth.
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heh alright, thats along the lines i was thinking too. Thanks guys
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Hmmm, interesting. I would say he could do that, since he is only using it on one machine, and only once at a time.
I can see the software people saying no, since they want more money.
It may also depend on the software. Some may be more lenient than others.

This is one of those grey areas, since most TOS say installed on 1 machine at a time, nothing about 1 OS.
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Well technically the motherboard defines the computer. So since it's on the same mobo, I would assume that legally speaking, it's ok.

If you had to call m$ for such a thing, they would ask "Is the key active on any other machines?" The answer "no" would be the truth.
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My buddy is going to be building a system for his business, and needs to be 100% compliant on software licenses stuff. His system is going to be dual booted xp and vista. He was under the impression that he would need 2 licenses for his software like his anti-virus, ms office, etc. I wouldnt think you do, since its the same pc..but figure i'd see if anyone here had a knowledgeable answer?
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heh alright, thats along the lines i was thinking too. Thanks guys

O.K. First of all dual-booted os especially xp64bitprofessional(which has 32bit drivers) & vista 64bit can in fact resolve issues that one may have when it comes to using lets say a 64bit vista os which does not have nor is backward compatible with vista 32bit drivers.

As for the licensing ....the way it would work is as usual...in that one would boot each os after shrinking...partioning etc...you would still need to put a license into so as not to have it stop working in the 30day trial period.

Contrary to belief both os do not work simultaneously...they work with one as interface while the other maintains driver access.

I should add this is under an ordinary dual os install(one can always custom code; to make literally any new os).

Unfortunately if one has a newer computer without a floppy drive doing a dual boot becomes quite difficult as you need to load drivers for xp in order for the hhd to show up at all for installing os(specially raido).

Once you have the dual boot it is worth it for sure...as you have access to drivers for in the case of Vista 64bit users 32bit(xp)...

But, as with all specialized installs stability does become an issue which combined with the cost of going without raid0 may not be worth the dual boot...
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
Well technically the motherboard defines the computer. So since it's on the same mobo, I would assume that legally speaking, it's ok.

If you had to call m$ for such a thing, they would ask "Is the key active on any other machines?" The answer "no" would be the truth.
That is my interpretation of it, as well. Same hardware hashes = same PC.
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