> I puchased a barebones computer from tiger direct and it came with vista home
> premium, I have two other computers that my kids use and would like to
> install vista on them as well. Can I use the same disc to install vista on
> these other computers?
No. By your own description, you have an OEM license for Vista that
came with the computer. An OEM version must be sold with a piece of
hardware (normally a motherboard or hard drive, if not an entire PC) and
is _permanently_ bound to the first PC on which it's installed. An OEM
license, once installed, is not legally transferable to another computer
under _any_ circumstances. Further, the installation DVD is likely to
be BIOS-locked to the specific make/model motherboard and won't install
on any other.
> Will I need different activation keys and will I have
> to pay to get them.
Certainly. You need to purchase a separate Vista license for each
computer on which you install it.
Just as it has *always* been with *all* Microsoft operating
systems, it's necessary (to be in compliance with both the EULA and U.S.
copyright law http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/117.html
), if not
technically) to purchase one Vista license for each computer on which it
is installed. (Consult an attorney versed in copyright law to determine
final applicability in your locale.) The only way in which Vista
licensing differs from that of earlier versions of Windows (up until
WinXP, that is) is that Microsoft has added a copy protection and
anti-theft mechanism, Product Activation, to prevent (or at least make
more difficult) multiple installations using a single license.
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