Here's an old post I made on the subject,
De jure, you need a separate license for every separate computer (or user, as the case may be), and that has held true since, well, forever. It's nothing new. It just wasn't much of a consideration for home users in times where even one computer per household was a luxury item, it was more of a clause regulating businesses using commercial software.
What, so if I get a new computer, I also need to buy another copy of Windows if I want to use Windows in it? Shouldn't I be able to just deactivate it from the old computer or something?
In practice, if you buy any version of Windows and you have N PCs, Microsoft says that you should buy N copies (aka licenses) of Windows. Otherwise, if you are audited and find out that you simply used the same installation key/CD for all of them, your ass will be brought to court. Again, unlikely for a home user, but a very real possibility for businesses.
If you have more than one PC and you want to use an existing program in another PC, then most licenses say that you must first uninstall it from the old PC before installing it on another. You can't keep it installed on both PCs at all times. Again, this sounds absurd for a home user, but it's standard practice for businesses.
Unless Microsoft means that once you installed your copy somewhere, it just might as well self-destruct, and should not be reinstalled even if the old PC dies in a nuclear explosion. TBQH they tried to pull this shit ever since the early days of XP (the infamous limited activations clause, re-activation upon major PC changes etc.) but they always got nullified because of cracks, corporate OEM licenses etc.
Tru dat. It's like they had a brainstorming session about "What makes apple so great and how can we copy them?"
They have out-Appled Apple.
Suit #1: "Great design!"
Suit #2: "Superior quality!"
Suit #3: "Captivating marketing!"
Suit #4: "User-friendly interface!"
Suit #5: "They just work!"
Suit #6: "They have iTunes!"
Suit #7: "Stricter quality control for their software!"
Suit #8: "They have an APP STORE where they control the user's computer so they are never screwed by their users!""
Mega Suit: "I kinda liked that last one".
Last edited by Maes on Nov 14 2012 at 16:29