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My Windows 8.1 Key Works on Multiple PCs


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#1 Ant_Teh_Nee

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 07:57 PM

Somehow, my OEM Windows 8.1 License works on multiple computers. It was supposed to block me out or something (I think) but it worked like a charm, as if it were a retail/normal key! I used a program called "Key Finder" in order to grab the license key directly. Why did this work and can I duplicate the issue? (I don't want to buy a Windows 10 key if I can use my friend's key just for Kaby Lake CPUs)



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 09:12 PM

I'm thinking this will catch up with you. Good luck


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Posted 22 January 2017 - 11:47 AM

I see what you mean. Looking into it now and I might have to purchase my own key. At the moment the key is kind of useless as none of my PCs are currently using it. I read into it and I guess I can use OEM keys five times until they are revoked. So currently i'm at 2/5 uses. If I lose the key it shouldn't matter much as the PC i'm using now is a throwaway. Thank you for the warning though <3



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Posted 22 January 2017 - 12:05 PM



I don't want to buy a Windows 10 key if I can use my friend's key

What you are suggesting is illegal.  A OEM Windows operating system can only be used on the computer which the manufacturer installed it.  If can not be transferred to another computer.  

 

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 02:24 PM

 



I don't want to buy a Windows 10 key if I can use my friend's key

What you are suggesting is illegal.  A OEM Windows operating system can only be used on the computer which the manufacturer installed it.  If can not be transferred to another computer.  

 

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But the thing is that there are no preventive measures according to this

 

"Thank you for using Microsoft Answers forum.  Your product key will work for up to three separate computers, so if you want to install the the RC on another PC, you can re-use the same key."

 

However, I did find this (Below) and I see your point. I'll gladly purchase a key of my own in the future for this PC. For now the free windows 10 installation with the watermarks will suffice until I can afford a new key.

 

"I realize that in the past, you could get away with installing one copy on multiple machines because MS never had anything in place to check if the same key was used on multiple computers. Doesn't mean it was right or legal... it just means you got away with it. "






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