Office; need to purchase a copy for each computer

I purchased, and installed MS Office; 2010, on my Win 7, 64 bit computer.

I tried to  install it on my Win8 laptop but the Key failed: "Not a valid Office Produce key"; not that it was already registered on another machine.

Do I need to purchase a separate copy of Office for every computer I own?
mikecox_Asked:
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Vadim RappCommented:
You need to carefully read the license on the Office you have. It may be different depending on the specific product and on the country you are in.
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Retail Copy:

1. OVERVIEW. The software is licensed on a per copy per device basis. A
hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device.

Product Key Card Terms:  (buying key to upgrade from trial version)

1. OVERVIEW. The software is licensed on a per copy per device basis. A
hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device.

OEM License:  (pre-installed)

1. OVERVIEW. The software is licensed on a per copy per device basis. A
hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device.

If you are looking for a multi-use license (software), consider moving to Office 365 which will cover up to 5 devices.
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Vadim RappCommented:
Device usually means a separate computer. So, if this is all it says, then indeed you need separate copy for each device.

Looking at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=13653, that license allows to install another copy on a portable device; but as I said, licenses can be different. Check your license if it does not have that. If not, then it looks like you indeed need another copy for the laptop, since it's separate device. You can also call Microsoft support to double-check.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
If it is Office 2010 Professional you can install it on a desktop & a laptop (laptop is considered a remote device).  This rule applies I believe to a retail version and not an OEM version

If you need further understanding you can read up on the agreement

http://download.microsoft.com/Documents/UseTerms/Office Professional_2010_English_601a404e-f982-449f-9671-a4d040c42b59.pdf

Other than that you would have to purchase a license for each physical device so yes, 5 copies of office
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Does the Win8 laptop already include a trial version of Office - especially a newer version?
Try Microsoft's Troubleshooter
Normally for a single user license you are able to install on a desktop and laptop you own.
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
I suggest you consider Office 365 Home Premium as it allows you to use it on up to 5 devices.  This license is yearly subscription and you get the following:


1-year subscription for up to 5 devices, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook + 20GB of SkyDrive Storage and 60 Skype minutes per month.  Right now they are giving away for a limited time 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Understandably there is really no definitive answer,  except to read the very long, very dry, and rather confusing, agreement and try to figure out which part applies.  Bottom line, I deleted the trial version; thinking I already had a copy.  I will simply recover the laptop, and activate the trial version.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Yep, like I said the reason you get that most often is because of the trial version already having been installed. It's not a validation error message it's just expecting a different version activation code.
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Vadim RappCommented:
Reading the license is the definitive answer to the question "what are license terms". As we also suggested, you can call Microsoft and they would help to understand it better.

Sorry, but we will have to dispute your grade "B".
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mikecox_Author Commented:
You may upgrade the grade if you wish; it seems to me that the margin of error overly complex and hardly worth the effort to grade. Anything < that an A always seems to produce f/o messages.  In future, to avoid conflict, I will simply give an A.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Thanks Matt,

I will save this for review when assigning grades.  However, I find it next to impossible to downgrade; even when I feel that it is justified, because I know there will be an objection that I have to deal with.   So the easiest thing to do is simply not go there and keep everyone happy.

Personally it doesn't really matter, as I am a premium member and it doesn't really cost me anything; but to be fair, I feel the need to give the grade I feel seems appropriate; and that seems to make the grading system valid.  But it is clear that downgrading is discouraged and will almost always  result in a challenge.

So I will do my utmost to avoid that, or to appear as ungrateful user; I'm not, I really appreciate this service.  I just want to be fair.  

I often agonizing over how to reward points, especially where there are a lot of them.  I take that responsibility and that of studying the responses, following up, and closing answered questions expeditiously very seriously; out of respect for those who take the time and make an effort to respond.

I don't want people to think of me as "difficult" or "negative" and avoid my questions.
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