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 Post subject: Moving MS software from one machine to another
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:09 pm 
Willamette
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This really isn't a Windows question, but more a Microsoft policy question....

I'm getting a new laptop, and want to move my MS programs to the new machine (re-install them on that machine after I remove them from the old machine). Does anyone know if this is acceptable for Microsoft? I know they only allow one copy to be installed at a time, but is this method still legal since I'll have to reactivate on the new PC anyway? (They use to allow this, but I haven't paid much attention to their changes over the past few years since i wasn't changing machines that much--and since most machines I've had from work have had the software already installed on them in the first place).

The OS is staying on the old laptop, and I'll get a new copy with the new. What I'm concerned about is MS Office 2010 and Visio, which were purchased independently of the laptop.

I'd like to NOT buy another copy of Visio since it's almost $500 per copy. I think I may have one more install left for MS Office, though, which came as a family 3-pack for multiple machines.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving MS software from one machine to another
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:36 pm 
Smithfield
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OEM licenses are not transferable. That is, if your computer came with the software, they're tied to that computer. Technically.

Retail licenses are transferable, at least from what I understand.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving MS software from one machine to another
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:29 pm 
Willamette
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I think that answers my question then. All of the software I want to transfer is retail software (purchased after I got the machine). The only OEM software is the OS, which is staying on that machine.


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