Install W10 Home OEM on to two drives - is it allowed?


  1. Posts : 52
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    Install W10 Home OEM on to two drives - is it allowed?


    I have a W10 Home OEM DVD, and used it to install this OS on to an SSD. Unfortunately, I'm having some trouble with this SSD, so I bought another one. It's the same capacity, but made by a different manufacturer. Can I install the OEM OS on to the new drive OK? Or will MS complain, thinking that I am installing this OS on to a second PC? I don't intend to keep both SSDs running for that long, but I'd like to boot between both of them for say a couple of weeks, before I'm happy that the new SSD is working OK, at which point I'll probably format the first SSD, and use it for something else. Thanks for any comments/tips, etc.
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    There won't be any issues with activation if they are both for the same computer. Running both at the same time does violate the End Users License Agreement, however.
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    Thanks. If I attach both SSDs to the same computer, and periodically boot between them, am I right in thinking that neither installed OS will actually be running at the same, and consequently this configuration will not violate the EULA.
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    W10User123 said:
    Thanks. If I attach both SSDs to the same computer, and periodically boot between them, am I right in thinking that neither installed OS will actually be running at the same, and consequently this configuration will not violate the EULA.
    No

    d. Multi use scenarios.
    (iv) Use in a virtualized environment. This license allows you to install only one instance of the software for use on one device, whether that device is physical or virtual. If you want to use the software on more than one virtual device, you must obtain a separate license for each instance.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    No

    d. Multi use scenarios.
    (iv) Use in a virtualized environment. This license allows you to install only one instance of the software for use on one device, whether that device is physical or virtual. If you want to use the software on more than one virtual device, you must obtain a separate license for each instance.
    If the OP purchases a Retail version, would that allow him to run two versions on the same machine ?
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    storageman said:
    If the OP purchases a Retail version, would that allow him to run two versions on the same machine ?
    If the computer had an OEM originally than yes. 1 license = 1 installation of Windows, regardless of if it is retail license or OEM license. But I sure wouldn't purchase a second license just for testing and troubleshooting an SSD.
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    Thanks. So it's OK to install the W10 OEM OS on to a second drive, connected to the same PC as the first drive, providing that I don't use the initial install of it on the initial first drive? (I could wipe it, for instance.) The reason I ask for clarification on this matter is that I remember years ago when installing an MS OEM OS on to hardware, if there were more than 3 changes to that hardware, the installation/registration of it might not be successful.
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    The EULA/End User License Agreement has words to the effect of the Retail version is allowed to be installed on a REPLACEMENT computer, can't be on 2 computers at the same time. As mentioned the OEM version is tied to the computer it came with, can't be moved/used again. The change with Win10's digital entitlement does make things somewhat questionable as to what we can actually do.
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  9. Posts : 18,453
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    W10User123 said:
    Thanks. So it's OK to install the W10 OEM OS on to a second drive, connected to the same PC as the first drive, providing that I don't use the initial install of it on the initial first drive? (I could wipe it, for instance.) The reason I ask for clarification on this matter is that I remember years ago when installing an MS OEM OS on to hardware, if there were more than 3 changes to that hardware, the installation/registration of it might not be successful.
    You won't have any problems with activation on the same motherboard.
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