Attempting to go online with two computers that have the same number will shut down the operating system in both of them.
Nope... not really!
I've been doing that for years now, and have never had that problem. Right now I have 3 machines with the same Product Key, two at my location, and 1 machine somewhere else, and they all are online, and they all have been online for a few years without any problems, using the same Key.
I would suspect the machines that do get shut down may have had too many copies of it made, and those people have made copies too, and passed them out. But in the M$ License Agreement
, they specifically state that they have no way of telling how many machines a Product Key is on. I believe them for saying that only because I've activated Windows with the same Key, on numerous computers for years, and had them all online, updated, and working perfectly, at the same time, and to this day, none of my computers ever stopped working due to Key issues.
But, you can also get your Product Key
by using this FREE
software:EVEREST Home Editionhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System...e-Edition.shtml
EVEREST Home Edition is a free system diagnostics, system information and benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. If you don't know what type of video card you have, or anything else about your computer, then you'll need this.
Worse comes to worst, you can call M$ and they will give you a Product Key
in less than 5 minutes.