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Windows 7: Finding out the number of remaining installs on a key

09 Mar 2012   #11
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW; Non profits can buy very cheap MS Licenses via Techsoup. My np has lots of ms sofware bought thru techsoup and delivered from MS.

Great for Non-Profits..
Rich


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09 Mar 2012   #12
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
You just said "A Volume License Key cannot be moved " this is what you said before "If it's not a Volume license, then there are NO activations left." which to me means you can use it on multiple computers. And no, our IT director does not keep track of how many computers have office 2010 on it, when someone asks, they get it, with the same key. Simple really, the IT director does not keep count, I know this because he said, sometime within the next 3 monts we need to order another key. No need to be rude, I am just asking a question, sorry you know more than me...
It means nothing of the kind.
ALL Windows Keys, except Volume ones, are on a one Key, one install basis.
Volume Keys (and the Family Pack, now withdrawn( have as many installations as have been paid for.
ALL Volume Keys are Upgrade installs, and require a valid Professional license to be available on the machine which is being upgraded (e.g. Win XP Pro, Vista Business, Win 7 Pro)

If your IT director doesn't keep track, then he's a fool - and you can quote me on that.

If you want to change the track to Office, then the rules are different - but essentially similar - due to the possibility of installation of some editions on more than one machine... but ONLY where the two machines are used primarily by the same person.

The FACT remains - for anything other than Volume license, it's ONE KEY=ONE INSTALL.
For Volume Licenses, if you contact the vendor, they will be able to access the number of licenses available, and the number currently used. Your IT director should be doing this as a matter of course - or keeping track himself using the tools available from MS.

For the general user, there are no such tools available.
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09 Mar 2012   #13
mike6623

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
You just said "A Volume License Key cannot be moved " this is what you said before "If it's not a Volume license, then there are NO activations left." which to me means you can use it on multiple computers. And no, our IT director does not keep track of how many computers have office 2010 on it, when someone asks, they get it, with the same key. Simple really, the IT director does not keep count, I know this because he said, sometime within the next 3 monts we need to order another key. No need to be rude, I am just asking a question, sorry you know more than me...
It means nothing of the kind.
ALL Windows Keys, except Volume ones, are on a one Key, one install basis.
Volume Keys (and the Family Pack, now withdrawn( have as many installations as have been paid for.
ALL Volume Keys are Upgrade installs, and require a valid Professional license to be available on the machine which is being upgraded (e.g. Win XP Pro, Vista Business, Win 7 Pro)

If your IT director doesn't keep track, then he's a fool - and you can quote me on that.

If you want to change the track to Office, then the rules are different - but essentially similar - due to the possibility of installation of some editions on more than one machine... but ONLY where the two machines are used primarily by the same person.

The FACT remains - for anything other than Volume license, it's ONE KEY=ONE INSTALL.
For Volume Licenses, if you contact the vendor, they will be able to access the number of licenses available, and the number currently used. Your IT director should be doing this as a matter of course - or keeping track himself using the tools available from MS.

For the general user, there are no such tools available.
Great, that was a little easier to understand, plus, after looking futher it is 2010 ProfessionalPlus VL so it is a volume license, so I guess that is why the same key can be used on multiple machines for upgrades. And since there is no way other than contacting vendor (which I do believe is tech soup) to find out the remainder of keys, that is what I will do.
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09 Mar 2012   #14
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Basically the answer is, you need to keep track of it yourself.

If you bought 100 keys/lisences, you need to keep track of how many you've installed and which ones.

This tool may help for the future: Manage Product Keys Using Volume Activation Management Tool 2.0

If you horrendously overuse a single key you may find that key unceremoniously deactivated for ALL installs or worse you may get audited one day
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10 Mar 2012   #15
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
Great, that was a little easier to understand, plus, after looking futher it is 2010 ProfessionalPlus VL so it is a volume license, so I guess that is why the same key can be used on multiple machines for upgrades. And since there is no way other than contacting vendor (which I do believe is tech soup) to find out the remainder of keys, that is what I will do.
TechSoup do seem to try - I've had minor dealings with them about their sale of KMS installs to one-machine offices previously (which were never resolved properly IMO), and at least they answer emails

Since you're dealing with TechSoup, I assume you're a non-profit of some kind? If so, then the reported attitude of your IT director would appear to verge on the criminally negligent - every license has to be paid for, and if he's buying new ones frqeuently, he should be finding out why it's necessary, and auditing the systems involved.
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12 Jun 2014   #16
gmoro0002

8pro, 8.1pro, 7pro, Server FE Standard
 
 

I have the same issue. Our former IT person did not keep track of the licenses for Volume licensing. I am trying to see how many installs are available, is there a way to do so?
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12 Jun 2014   #17
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Post #12 answers your question.
It is best to create your own thread when asking a question.
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