9/16/2010 10:18 AM, Kelvin Chu wrote:
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My laptop is owned by the University and I use it only for University business but because it isn't a desktop machine, I have XP installed via parallels. I'm unable to keep the Windows7 install running because it appears to phone home every once in a while and realize that it doesn't have a 132.198 IP address (my guess).
Is there a middle ground solution besides buying the work-at-home media, such as a UVM copy that I don't have to pay for but that I can use on machines that are off campus? I don't really feel like paying Microsoft but I also don't want to get into trouble.
Institutionally owned systems that have a
volume license edition of Windows Vista or
Windows 7 installed should activate
automatically, owing to the presence of our
KMS (Key Management Server) on campus.
For off-campus systems, what you need is a
MAK (Multiple Activation Key) to activate
the product. As long as your system is
institutionally owned, you are entitled to
use our MAK for systems that will not be
traveling onto campus with any particular
As an FYI for others monitoring this
discussion, personally owned systems are not
entitled to use Volume License editions of
Windows. However, you are entitled to one
copy of Windows 7 though the work-at-home
program, as long as you will be doing a fair
amount of institutional work on your
personal system. You can buy work-at-home
media though the Computer Depot in the Davis
Center. Prices are quite low, especially
when compared to the cost of a full academic
license for Win7.
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