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Is installing Windows 8.1 OEM possible on multiple computers?

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July 15, 2014 10:34:10 AM

Title says it all. But speaking about the two versions of Windows 8.1, if I buy the OEM version separately from an installation disc, will I be able to install the OEM version on multiple computers? Or will it be locked to one motherboard as I've heard? If so, I'll spend an extra 5-10 dollars on the non-OEM version.

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July 15, 2014 10:37:03 AM

No you cannot install OEM on multiple computers. The OS will be tied to the motherboard.
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July 15, 2014 10:42:26 AM

I have purchased many Windows OEM products and i can say for 100% sure that there are two installs available. Once you install OEM Windows to a computer it is locked to that motherboard. You can do this twice and have two motherboards from the one purchase. Just know if your motherboard went bad and you had to replace it, windows would no longer work.

Thank you,
Zacherial
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a c 450 * Windows 8
July 15, 2014 10:46:06 AM

1 license, 1 PC. Whether OEM or Retail.
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a c 450 * Windows 8
July 15, 2014 10:47:40 AM

Zacherial said:
I have purchased many Windows OEM products and i can say for 100% sure that there are two installs available. Once you install OEM Windows to a computer it is locked to that motherboard. You can do this twice and have two motherboards from the one purchase. Just know if your motherboard went bad and you had to replace it, windows would no longer work.

Thank you,
Zacherial


This leads you to the MS licensing agreement:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProper...

Please quote the line in there where it allows 2 simultaneous uses per license.
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July 15, 2014 10:50:24 AM

Zacherial said:
I have purchased many Windows OEM products and i can say for 100% sure that there are two installs available. Once you install OEM Windows to a computer it is locked to that motherboard. You can do this twice and have two motherboards from the one purchase. Just know if your motherboard went bad and you had to replace it, windows would no longer work.

Thank you,
Zacherial


No, I thank you! I will probably just go with the OEM version as long as it will always work on the same motherboard. I may come to the point where I will reformat my computer so having it always staying on one computer is awesome. Does that mean that if I reformat it, it will automatically boot to Windows 8.1? Or do I have to install it every time (I'm guessing it's that as long as it keeps on working).

Anyways, thanks a bunch!
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a c 450 * Windows 8
July 15, 2014 10:53:59 AM

Zuhayr378 said:
Zacherial said:
I have purchased many Windows OEM products and i can say for 100% sure that there are two installs available. Once you install OEM Windows to a computer it is locked to that motherboard. You can do this twice and have two motherboards from the one purchase. Just know if your motherboard went bad and you had to replace it, windows would no longer work.

Thank you,
Zacherial


No, I thank you! I will probably just go with the OEM version as long as it will always work on the same motherboard. I may come to the point where I will reformat my computer so having it always staying on one computer is awesome. Does that mean that if I reformat it, it will automatically boot to Windows 8.1? Or do I have to install it every time (I'm guessing it's that as long as it keeps on working).

Anyways, thanks a bunch!


For Win 8/8.1, you can reinstall as many times as needed. 1 PC at a time. PC defined as 'the motherboard'.

If you buy Win 8.1 and install it, every time you reinstall it it will be again 8.1
If you buy Win 8, install it, and later upgrade to 8.1...if you reinstall it, it will again be Win 8. You have to do the 8.1 upgrade again.
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July 15, 2014 10:55:26 AM

If you reformat (meaning wipe the drive) you will have to re-install windows, but if on the same MOBO it will allow you to reestablish your registration.
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a c 450 * Windows 8
July 15, 2014 10:57:08 AM

Zacherial said:
If you reformat (meaning wipe the drive) you will have to re-install windows, but if on the same MOBO it will allow you to reestablish your registration.


With Windows 8/8.1, you can even change the motherboard and reactivate that license.
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