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    8.1, one key , two machines?

    My Vista laptop is on its way to vista heaven, so this got me thinking about putting a new OS on it.
    Can I put my 8.1 on my vista machine and run it but also keep it on my desktop machine as well?
    In other words, can I legally clone my OS onto my laptop so both machines run 8.1?

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    No. The license says one computer, and you wouldn't be able to activate a second copy on different hardware.

    Bruce

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    Thanks Bruce, I'm thinking I will have to buy another copy then. I have ran Microsofts compatibility program on the Vista laptop and it came up OK with only a few small issues, there was nothing to say it wont run OK.

    Before shelling out is there anything I need to be aware of? Will the bios be OK for instance or does this come with the new copy of 8.1?

    Edit to add, I have checked and my laptop can run either 32 or 64 bit operating systems.

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    If the compatibility program gives you the OK you should be good to go. The BIOS is separate from Windows.

    Joe

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