Dual Boot Licencing

Posted: 10-20-2003, 08:46 PM
Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
OEM laptop.

Any info would be appreciated.

-Rob

Dual Boot Licencing


Responses to "Dual Boot Licencing"

Mike Brannigan [MSFT]
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Re: Dual Boot Licencing
Posted: 10-20-2003, 10:43 PM
"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
> to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
> OEM laptop.
Rob,

The End User Licesed Agreement (EULA) is clear on this mater.

Do a Start ... Run ... winver and click on the link to view the EULA

1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Microsoft grants you the following
rights provided that you comply with all terms and
conditions of this EULA:
1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
display and run one copy of the Software on a single computer,
such as a workstation, terminal or other device ("Workstation
Computer")

The key here is section 1.1 where it does state that you "... You may
install, <...> run one copy of the Software on a single computer..."

This clause prohibits the creation of a dual boot configuration without
multiple licenses for Windows XP. Since you need to install it more then
once. (Using other tools to get around the install such a Ghost etc do not
invalidate this requirement).
This clause also covers the user of VMWare or Virtual PC products that allow
you to host virtual machines on your PC. You are required to purchase a
license for each of these too.

If you are still unclear on this then contact your local Microsoft
subsidiary office.

--
Regards,

Mike
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"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
> to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
> OEM laptop.
>
> Any info would be appreciated.
>
> -Rob

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Re: Dual Boot Licencing
Posted: 10-21-2003, 08:58 PM
I think I was very clear in my original post when i
mentioned that all copies of Windows XP would be properly
licenced. I am not an idiot you know. But thankyou for
your help. In the future, I reccomend you try to more
accuratly read the posts you reply to.
>-----Original Message-----
>"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
>news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
>> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
>> to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
>> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
>> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
>> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
>> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
>> OEM laptop.
>
>Rob,
>
>The End User Licesed Agreement (EULA) is clear on this mater.
>
>Do a Start ... Run ... winver and click on the link to
view the EULA
>
>1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Microsoft grants you the following
> rights provided that you comply with all terms and
> conditions of this EULA:
> 1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
> display and run one copy of the Software on a single
computer,
> such as a workstation, terminal or other device
("Workstation
> Computer")
>
>The key here is section 1.1 where it does state that you
"... You may
>install, <...> run one copy of the Software on a single
computer..."
>
>This clause prohibits the creation of a dual boot
configuration without
>multiple licenses for Windows XP. Since you need to
install it more then
>once. (Using other tools to get around the install such a
Ghost etc do not
>invalidate this requirement).
>This clause also covers the user of VMWare or Virtual PC
products that allow
>you to host virtual machines on your PC. You are required
to purchase a
>license for each of these too.
>
>If you are still unclear on this then contact your local
Microsoft
>subsidiary office.
>
>--
>Regards,
>
>Mike
>--
>Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]
>
>This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
confers no
>rights
>
>Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please
use these
>newsgroups
>
>"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
>news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
>> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
>> to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
>> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
>> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
>> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
>> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
>> OEM laptop.
>>
>> Any info would be appreciated.
>>
>> -Rob
>
>
>.
>
Mike Brannigan [MSFT]
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Re: Dual Boot Licencing
Posted: 10-21-2003, 10:48 PM
Rob or anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com

Your use of such phrases as "as to how many separate installs I can have"
was seen as implying a dual boot scenario; also " if there is a limit to
the number of times a Microsoft operating system can be installed on a
single computer." again can imply a multi boot setup. So my answer stands
that you may only install a properly licensed OS once and once only to a PC.
However you may repeat this installation as you see fit as long as it does
not result in a multi boot config or multiple installations on separate
drives (removable or otherwise).
If you are in a position where you will rebuild your OS with extreme
frequency then you may not wish to always activate the installation.
If you activate the same installation repeatedly you will be required to
activate via telephone. If your activations are some time apart (120 days)
then they will succeed over the internet.

Clarity in the exact nature of the question would have aided in a more
succinct response.

--
Regards,

Mike
--
Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights

Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please use these
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<anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:037901c39816$113515e0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> I think I was very clear in my original post when i
> mentioned that all copies of Windows XP would be properly
> licenced. I am not an idiot you know. But thankyou for
> your help. In the future, I reccomend you try to more
> accuratly read the posts you reply to.
>
> >-----Original Message-----
> >"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
> >news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> >> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
> >> to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
> >> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
> >> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
> >> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
> >> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
> >> OEM laptop.
> >
> >Rob,
> >
> >The End User Licesed Agreement (EULA) is clear on this mater.
> >
> >Do a Start ... Run ... winver and click on the link to
> view the EULA
> >
> >1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Microsoft grants you the following
> > rights provided that you comply with all terms and
> > conditions of this EULA:
> > 1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
> > display and run one copy of the Software on a single
> computer,
> > such as a workstation, terminal or other device
> ("Workstation
> > Computer")
> >
> >The key here is section 1.1 where it does state that you
> "... You may
> >install, <...> run one copy of the Software on a single
> computer..."
> >
> >This clause prohibits the creation of a dual boot
> configuration without
> >multiple licenses for Windows XP. Since you need to
> install it more then
> >once. (Using other tools to get around the install such a
> Ghost etc do not
> >invalidate this requirement).
> >This clause also covers the user of VMWare or Virtual PC
> products that allow
> >you to host virtual machines on your PC. You are required
> to purchase a
> >license for each of these too.
> >
> >If you are still unclear on this then contact your local
> Microsoft
> >subsidiary office.
> >
> >--
> >Regards,
> >
> >Mike
> >--
> >Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]
> >
> >This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
> confers no
> >rights
> >
> >Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please
> use these
> >newsgroups
> >
> >"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
> >news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> >> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a limit
> >> to the number of times a microsoft operating system can be
> >> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
> >> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
> >> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different for a
> >> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
> >> OEM laptop.
> >>
> >> Any info would be appreciated.
> >>
> >> -Rob
> >
> >
> >.
> >

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Re: Dual Boot Licencing
Posted: 10-22-2003, 02:00 AM
I still appreciate you help, and i think this reply is more
accurate to ym question than the first. I also apoligize
if my responce seems rude to you. I realize that the
licence limits any one copy of windows from being installed
and used more than once at any one time. My qeustion deals
with multple Copies of windows, each purchesed seperatly.
(IE multiple COA's on one computer, rather than one COA on
multiple computers)

Please allow me to elaborate on the exact nature of my issue.

What I am looking to do, is purchase multiple copies of
Windows XP, for the purpose of configuring a muliboot setup
(as you stated). My laptop computer connects to multiple
networks on a regular basis, and for security purposes, I
want to have this multiboot setup, with an isolated
installation for each network I will connect to.
The end result of my plan will be a boot menu allowing me
to start the computer in a secure invironment that is never
seen by any other network.

If I am to connect to 3 networks, I will have a total of 3
COA stickers on the underside of my computer, and 3 XP
installations.

My question, more clearly stated : Is there a limit to how
many Properly licenced COA stickers can be associated with
one computer. All installations will be on seperate
partitions located on one physical drive. Each individual
installation will have a COA associated with it, and will
be properly Authorized VIA OOBE.exe.

I appoligize for not stating my question more clearly, and
I appreciate the time you are putting in to this.

- Rob

>-----Original Message-----
>Rob or anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com
>
>Your use of such phrases as "as to how many separate
installs I can have"
>was seen as implying a dual boot scenario; also " if
there is a limit to
>the number of times a Microsoft operating system can be
installed on a
>single computer." again can imply a multi boot setup. So
my answer stands
>that you may only install a properly licensed OS once and
once only to a PC.
>However you may repeat this installation as you see fit as
long as it does
>not result in a multi boot config or multiple
installations on separate
>drives (removable or otherwise).
>If you are in a position where you will rebuild your OS
with extreme
>frequency then you may not wish to always activate the
installation.
>If you activate the same installation repeatedly you will
be required to
>activate via telephone. If your activations are some time
apart (120 days)
>then they will succeed over the internet.
>
>Clarity in the exact nature of the question would have
aided in a more
>succinct response.
>
>--
>Regards,
>
>Mike
>--
>Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]
>
>This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
confers no
>rights
>
>Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please
use these
>newsgroups
>
><anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>news:037901c39816$113515e0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>> I think I was very clear in my original post when i
>> mentioned that all copies of Windows XP would be properly
>> licenced. I am not an idiot you know. But thankyou for
>> your help. In the future, I reccomend you try to more
>> accuratly read the posts you reply to.
>>
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
>> >news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a
limit
>> >> to the number of times a microsoft operating system
can be
>> >> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
>> >> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
>> >> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different
for a
>> >> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
>> >> OEM laptop.
>> >
>> >Rob,
>> >
>> >The End User Licesed Agreement (EULA) is clear on this
mater.
>> >
>> >Do a Start ... Run ... winver and click on the link to
>> view the EULA
>> >
>> >1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Microsoft grants you the following
>> > rights provided that you comply with all terms and
>> > conditions of this EULA:
>> > 1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
>> > display and run one copy of the Software on a single
>> computer,
>> > such as a workstation, terminal or other device
>> ("Workstation
>> > Computer")
>> >
>> >The key here is section 1.1 where it does state that you
>> "... You may
>> >install, <...> run one copy of the Software on a single
>> computer..."
>> >
>> >This clause prohibits the creation of a dual boot
>> configuration without
>> >multiple licenses for Windows XP. Since you need to
>> install it more then
>> >once. (Using other tools to get around the install such a
>> Ghost etc do not
>> >invalidate this requirement).
>> >This clause also covers the user of VMWare or Virtual PC
>> products that allow
>> >you to host virtual machines on your PC. You are required
>> to purchase a
>> >license for each of these too.
>> >
>> >If you are still unclear on this then contact your local
>> Microsoft
>> >subsidiary office.
>> >
>> >--
>> >Regards,
>> >
>> >Mike
>> >--
>> >Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]
>> >
>> >This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
>> confers no
>> >rights
>> >
>> >Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please
>> use these
>> >newsgroups
>> >
>> >"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
>> >news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a
limit
>> >> to the number of times a microsoft operating system
can be
>> >> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
>> >> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
>> >> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different
for a
>> >> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
>> >> OEM laptop.
>> >>
>> >> Any info would be appreciated.
>> >>
>> >> -Rob
>> >
>> >
>> >.
>> >
>
>
>.
>
Mike Brannigan [MSFT]
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Re: Dual Boot Licencing
Posted: 10-22-2003, 07:46 AM
>
> My question, more clearly stated : Is there a limit to how
> many Properly licenced COA stickers can be associated with
> one computer. All installations will be on seperate
> partitions located on one physical drive. Each individual
> installation will have a COA associated with it, and will
> be properly Authorized VIA OOBE.exe.
You may install and activate as many distinct (unique Activation Keys/COAs)
licensed installation as your machine can take (disk space etc) on a single
PC.
We do not care if you are installing several copies of Windows XP to the
same physical machine at the same time as long as each has a unique
Activation Key.

My apologies for any confusion in getting this answered.

--
Regards,

Mike
--
Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights

Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please use these
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<anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:047a01c39840$50913b90$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> I still appreciate you help, and i think this reply is more
> accurate to ym question than the first. I also apoligize
> if my responce seems rude to you. I realize that the
> licence limits any one copy of windows from being installed
> and used more than once at any one time. My qeustion deals
> with multple Copies of windows, each purchesed seperatly.
> (IE multiple COA's on one computer, rather than one COA on
> multiple computers)
>
> Please allow me to elaborate on the exact nature of my issue.
>
> What I am looking to do, is purchase multiple copies of
> Windows XP, for the purpose of configuring a muliboot setup
> (as you stated). My laptop computer connects to multiple
> networks on a regular basis, and for security purposes, I
> want to have this multiboot setup, with an isolated
> installation for each network I will connect to.
> The end result of my plan will be a boot menu allowing me
> to start the computer in a secure invironment that is never
> seen by any other network.
>
> If I am to connect to 3 networks, I will have a total of 3
> COA stickers on the underside of my computer, and 3 XP
> installations.
>
> My question, more clearly stated : Is there a limit to how
> many Properly licenced COA stickers can be associated with
> one computer. All installations will be on seperate
> partitions located on one physical drive. Each individual
> installation will have a COA associated with it, and will
> be properly Authorized VIA OOBE.exe.
>
> I appoligize for not stating my question more clearly, and
> I appreciate the time you are putting in to this.
>
> - Rob
>
>
> >-----Original Message-----
> >Rob or anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com
> >
> >Your use of such phrases as "as to how many separate
> installs I can have"
> >was seen as implying a dual boot scenario; also " if
> there is a limit to
> >the number of times a Microsoft operating system can be
> installed on a
> >single computer." again can imply a multi boot setup. So
> my answer stands
> >that you may only install a properly licensed OS once and
> once only to a PC.
> >However you may repeat this installation as you see fit as
> long as it does
> >not result in a multi boot config or multiple
> installations on separate
> >drives (removable or otherwise).
> >If you are in a position where you will rebuild your OS
> with extreme
> >frequency then you may not wish to always activate the
> installation.
> >If you activate the same installation repeatedly you will
> be required to
> >activate via telephone. If your activations are some time
> apart (120 days)
> >then they will succeed over the internet.
> >
> >Clarity in the exact nature of the question would have
> aided in a more
> >succinct response.
> >
> >--
> >Regards,
> >
> >Mike
> >--
> >Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]
> >
> >This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
> confers no
> >rights
> >
> >Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please
> use these
> >newsgroups
> >
> ><anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >news:037901c39816$113515e0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> >> I think I was very clear in my original post when i
> >> mentioned that all copies of Windows XP would be properly
> >> licenced. I am not an idiot you know. But thankyou for
> >> your help. In the future, I reccomend you try to more
> >> accuratly read the posts you reply to.
> >>
> >> >-----Original Message-----
> >> >"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
> >> >news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> >> >> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a
> limit
> >> >> to the number of times a microsoft operating system
> can be
> >> >> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
> >> >> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
> >> >> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different
> for a
> >> >> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
> >> >> OEM laptop.
> >> >
> >> >Rob,
> >> >
> >> >The End User Licesed Agreement (EULA) is clear on this
> mater.
> >> >
> >> >Do a Start ... Run ... winver and click on the link to
> >> view the EULA
> >> >
> >> >1. GRANT OF LICENSE. Microsoft grants you the following
> >> > rights provided that you comply with all terms and
> >> > conditions of this EULA:
> >> > 1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
> >> > display and run one copy of the Software on a single
> >> computer,
> >> > such as a workstation, terminal or other device
> >> ("Workstation
> >> > Computer")
> >> >
> >> >The key here is section 1.1 where it does state that you
> >> "... You may
> >> >install, <...> run one copy of the Software on a single
> >> computer..."
> >> >
> >> >This clause prohibits the creation of a dual boot
> >> configuration without
> >> >multiple licenses for Windows XP. Since you need to
> >> install it more then
> >> >once. (Using other tools to get around the install such a
> >> Ghost etc do not
> >> >invalidate this requirement).
> >> >This clause also covers the user of VMWare or Virtual PC
> >> products that allow
> >> >you to host virtual machines on your PC. You are required
> >> to purchase a
> >> >license for each of these too.
> >> >
> >> >If you are still unclear on this then contact your local
> >> Microsoft
> >> >subsidiary office.
> >> >
> >> >--
> >> >Regards,
> >> >
> >> >Mike
> >> >--
> >> >Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]
> >> >
> >> >This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
> >> confers no
> >> >rights
> >> >
> >> >Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please
> >> use these
> >> >newsgroups
> >> >
> >> >"Rob Najuch" <RobN@MisterITGuy.com> wrote in message
> >> >news:0a7601c3974b$37a04ea0$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> >> >> Hello, I am interested in finding out if there is a
> limit
> >> >> to the number of times a microsoft operating system
> can be
> >> >> installed on a single computer. If all copies of Windows
> >> >> XP are licenced, am i restricted as to how many seperate
> >> >> installs I can have? Also. Is this number different
> for a
> >> >> machine with a non retail licencing agreement, such as an
> >> >> OEM laptop.
> >> >>
> >> >> Any info would be appreciated.
> >> >>
> >> >> -Rob
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >.
> >> >
> >
> >
> >.
> >

 
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