Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps
Quote: Originally Posted by SwingDJ
I'm taking a work computer home which has Win 7 enterprise on it.
Once I do that, my understanding is that I can't use it at home!
OK ... then why are you taking it home -- if you can't use it at home?
So I can see that I didn't explain this well.
My understanding is that, in order to control the way it's software licenses are used, MS has this software periodically "check in" to a server. Something about "DNS" and "KMS" I think? Does that sound right? My impression is that the software says "Hey, I'm not being used where I am supposed to be used so you can't use me anymore".
For the record, I am not stealing this computer; it's one of several different types/brands of computers at work and they are getting a package deal for upgrading to the same model/brand. Consequently, I asked -*and was given permission*- to take the computer home.
However, I was warned that I'd need to get a new copy of windows, so that's why I'm asking about this.
Yes, I *could* bug the IT guy at work, but he's already over-worked and is always swamped. I know my work files will be moved to the new computer, but I have tons of music, pictures and other "non-work" stuff that I want to keep and that won't fit on my ancient and decrepit home computer that I currently have.
So, if there's a way for a simpleton like myself to install another copy of windows without losing all my stuff and keeping all the random programs I have (itunes, skype, VLC, -um, a game or two- etc.) I'd be really happy!
I want to reiterate that I am not trying to steal anything; as I indicated in my post, I'm happy to buy and pay for another copy of windows. I just don't know how to"re-do" windows on a computer that already has a copy of windows on it since I have always gotten windows with whatever computer I've bought in the past.