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So I have a legit copy of Windows 8 Pro. The retail install disk.

I installed Windows 8 on my gaming PC launch day, but I did not want to take the full plunge, so I installed it on a separate partition. As a result I am obviously dual booting Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Pro Ultimate.

Truth be told, I have barely used Windows 8. My gaming PC is really just that, I use it for gaming and streaming media to my gaming consoles. So I do not even use it that much unfortunately these days, and since I have Windows 7 completely set up how I need it and want it, I just boot into it and have pretty much forgotten about 8 on that computer.

Thing is, I want to start really using Windows 8. I feel like I would like it once I do based on the few hours I did check it out on my gaming PC.

So, I have decided since I use my Macbook Pro Retina for 95% of my computing, I am going to go ahead and purchase a copy of [url="http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/"]Parallels Desktop 8[/url] so I can use Windows 8 on my Macbook (Amazon has it for $56, and from what I have read, Boot Camp currently does not support Windows 8, or I would definitely use it since it is Apple's free solution to run Windows).

So what is the easiest way as far as the key is concerned that I can go about installing Windows 8 through Parallels?

For my Windows 8 installation on my Gaming PC, I actually upgraded to the free Media Center Pack that was being offered when Windows 8 first launched. So that is the key that is currently active on my Windows 8 install.

[b]So my question is, can I use the original key I used before upgrading to the Media Center Pack on the copy I install on Parallels? Or is it going to tell me the key is in use?[/b]

If so, [i]I will go ahead and deactivate the Windows 8 key on my gaming PC[/i], but prefer not to for the obvious reason of I would rather be able to run it on both computers, especially if I do come to really like it through the Macbook, I would make the switch on my gaming PC.

Or, do I not realize it, and am I allowed to use the same key on a few different computers? For some reason, I feel like with Windows 7 Pro, I was able to install it on a few different computers. That may be Windows 7 Pro Ultimate though, and I definitely only have Windows 8 pro AFAIK.

TIA,
DL

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[quote name='DirtyLarry' timestamp='1360640803' post='595516344']
Or, do I not realize it, and am I allowed to use the same key on a few different computers? For some reason, I feel like with Windows 7 Pro, I was able to install it on a few different computers. [/quote]
I thought you could... but.
[quote][b]How many Computers Can You Install One License On?[/b]

?If you purchase one (1) retail Windows edition, you may install and activate just one (1) installation at a time. You will need to buy a second license/key to activate a second Windows installation at the same time.[/quote][url="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/can-i-install-windows-8-on-2-computers/adb3be43-c535-4ffe-89d4-2905e4c7d3d3?msgId=a917ebd7-6380-464d-943d-e1c4f8e1fcf9"]http://answers.micro...3d-e1c4f8e1fcf9[/url]

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Wndows 8 is a pre-requirement of the Media Pack I believe (unless you have a full standalone media pack that includes its own Windows 8 license) so you need to remove Windows 8 on the other install to stay legal. If you have activation problems, just call up and tell the operator you are changing PCs with your retail license,

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Just FYI, Windows 8 is unlikely to need official Boot Camp support for your platform. Practically everything within the current boot camp works in Windows 8 with one exception. You may not be able to get facetime drivers to work for your web cam at this time (I haven't really bothered trying to get them to work though as we don't use the web cams; there may be existing drivers that work). If you are using an AMD graphics card, the drivers within boot camp will work, but they'll give you an error during install because the C++ framework the AMD drivers wish to install are built-in to Windows 8.

Otherwise I

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[quote name='Kaedrin' timestamp='1360644069' post='595516442']
Just FYI, Windows 8 is unlikely to need official Boot Camp support for your platform. Practically everything within the current boot camp works in Windows 8 with one exception. You may not be able to get facetime drivers to work for your web cam at this time (I haven't really bothered trying to get them to work though as we don't use the web cams; there may be existing drivers that work). If you are using an AMD graphics card, the drivers within boot camp will work, but they'll give you an error during install because the C++ framework the AMD drivers wish to install are built-in to Windows 8.

Otherwise I

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