Windows 10: OMG, two Windows with one product key???

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  1.    11 Sep 2016 #1

    OMG, two Windows with one product key???


    Hi all,

    I am astonished... I bought a laptop with Win 10 Home and I get a rid of it and installed TWO Win 10 Pro.

    I activated the first with a fresh product key that I bought some days ago.

    Everything went fine.

    I start the SECOND copy of Win 10 Pro, didn't activated and... IT WAS ALREADY ACTIVATED!!! What happened??? Windows ALONE activated itself??? They share the same product key??? Because they are on the same machine???

    I had a lot of time two OS in the same machine my older computer but I always used different product keys of each OS!!! It never happened in the past something weird like this!!!

    Help me!!! I don't want Microsoft think I am using my key for different OSs and it's not my willing!!!!
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  2.    11 Sep 2016 #2

    Can you clarify that - do you mean you are dual booting Win 10 Pro with itself- two installations of Win 10 Pro on the same PC?

    Note that if you have already installed Win 10 on a given device, and then clean install it, it will (or should be) automatically activated. Presumably that's what's happening with your 2nd installation.

    There is this possibility:
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    but before you rush in, that may then apply to both. So don't try that.

    If you are aiming to have two separately licensed installations of Win 10 on the same PC, I would suggest you find your area MS activation phone number, and give them a ring.

    I'm sure you'll get some expert comments from others here.
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  3.    11 Sep 2016 #3

    Hi there

    Ms perhaps is becoming "Tescofied"

    BOGOF --> Buy one get one Free !!!!

    Will I get Clubcard Points.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4.    11 Sep 2016 #4

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Ms perhaps is becoming "Tescofied"
    BOGOF --> Buy one get one Free !!!!
    Will I get Clubcard Points.
    jimbo
    - wait for them to double up and triple boot....
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  5.    11 Sep 2016 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    Can you clarify that - do you mean you are dual booting Win 10 Pro with itself- two installations of Win 10 Pro on the same PC?

    Note that if you have already installed Win 10 on a given device, and then clean install it, it will (or should be) automatically activated. Presumably that's what's happening with your 2nd installation.
    According to you, if instead i leave things as they are... What could happen?

    I am using from two days, often, both, no messeges only they are "definitely activated".
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  6.    11 Sep 2016 #6

    I would suggest you find your area MS activation phone number, and give them a ring if you want a definitive answer, unless someone here gives one. Check the license terms- does it say anything about how many copies you can activate?
    Microsoft License Terms
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  7.    11 Sep 2016 #7

    dalchina said: View Post
    I would suggest you find your area MS activation phone number, and give them a ring if you want a definitive answer, unless someone here gives one. Check the license terms- does it say anything about how many copies you can activate?
    Microsoft License Terms
    The both i have to choose from this site it's not my licence.
    I could phone Microsoft for curiosity or just see what happen... You know, i think now the key is hardware related so you can activate illimitate os in the same machine. I guess.
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  8.    11 Sep 2016 #8

    It is tied to your hardware id, but changes in significant parts are permitted. I can't comment on the legality.. see the license terms.
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  9.    11 Sep 2016 #9

    It seems you now get a digital licence even if you use a key to activate Windows 10. That is why it activated the second install.

    Strictly, you are contravening the EULA, as you should only have on version on pc at any one time.

    Personally, I cannot get emotive about that, as you can only ever run one version at a time i.e. it is not as if you are installing it on two separate pcs using same key which is piracy.

    I certainly do not advocate piracy but, in your case, all you are "guilty of" is a minor transgression of the EULA.
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  10.    12 Sep 2016 #10

    Go to Settings > Update & security > Activation. As already mentioned, it likely shows as "Activated with a Digital license". The second install of 10 Pro on the same hardware is activating with the DL the first install got. The activation server doesn't know its two separate installs. It does violate the EULA though. If you want to be totally legal with a clear conscience. Boot up to the second install, then go to Settings > Update & security > Activation. Then click change product key and enter your second product code that you haven't used. Keep in mind that this may just switch both installs the this new key? You will have done due diligence though. Or don't do anything and wait and see what happens? I'm thinking they will both stay activated with no issues. I'm with cereberus, you can only ever run the one install at any one time so I have a hard time getting to bent out of shape when things like this happen. In this case its not your fault the second install activated all on its own.
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