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Vista EULA question

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December 15, 2007 5:31:29 PM

If I install a retail version of Vista Ultimate on a home built computer can I make unlimited image copies and use them in the same computer? Specifically, I want to install all of my software and data on a “primary” drive and use Ghost or Acronis to create two or three copies. One would be a backup that I would update regularly and another would be a “play” or “test” drive. Will Microsoft allow me to do this with one install key? Will I need to call them? Thanks!

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December 15, 2007 5:42:40 PM

It's the same agreement as XP's.
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December 16, 2007 1:54:36 AM

If only I knew what the XP agreement was...
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December 21, 2007 2:42:18 PM

I think it's just simply one license, one machine.
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December 21, 2007 4:31:25 PM

Yes, you can do what you're talking about. You can only have it installed on one desktop and one laptop at any given time.

Creating an image and you keep wiping and redoing would keep you in the agreement.

I haven't tested with the Retail version - I only have the OEM and VLK versions but I do know that after an image of an OEM and combining Sysprep, you have to call to reactivate only because its OEM.

If you do not use Sysprep and take a true unchanged image, you shouldn't need to call or reactivate.

You also have to make sure your motherboard is the same chipset, otherwise the image will most likely fail at the HAL level.
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