Can I be sure about the Visio 2010 license?
July 12, 2011 7:11 AM   Subscribe

How can I (be sure that I can) install Visio 2010 on more than one machine and be on the up-and-up?

I am upgrading a home business for a friend. His ideal workflow has Visio on a desktop and also a portable on the road.

This seems to be explicitly, but confusingly, permitted, as described in the End User Licensing Agreement, thusly:

"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.
a. One Copy per Device. You may install one copy of the software on one device. That device is the “licensed device.”
b. Licensed Device. You may only use one copy of the software on the licensed device at a time.
c. Portable Device. You may install another copy of the software on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device."

Of general interest: I found the license, without buying the software, here.

My question is how does MS enforce/verify this?
Any experienced sufferers?
posted by Glomar response to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

My experience installing Visio 2010 is that it will validate twice before it flags itself and tells you to contact MS support for an alternate unlock key (separate from the license key) to use the software past the activation period. MS being MS, that may change from day to day. YMMV.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 7:36 AM on July 12, 2011

From but should be relevant for visio 2010

I bought a Retail Copy of Office and installed it on my PC. Can I install it on my laptop, too?

Yes. You can install Office on your laptop as long as you are the exclusive user of the laptop. This means that you can install it on your laptop, but not your wife's laptop. It is important to understand that the EULA allows you to install the second copy of Office on a portable device like a laptop, not just some any other PC. In summary, you can install a retail copy on your desktop PC and your laptop. It does not mean that you can install it on two desktop PCs. You don't have the right to install it on two PCs. You have the right to install it on one desktop PC and one of your own laptops. Any other combination is not allowed.

I have an OEM Copy of Office and installed it on my PC. Can I install it on my laptop, too?
No. The EULA is different for OEM copies of Office, and you cannot install an OEM Copy on your laptop, only if you are the only user of the laptop. The OEM copy of Office can exist only on the original PC on which it was installed. No laptops, no anything else. OEM copies are strictly one machine only licenses.

Keep in mind that only the primary user can use either copy, if multiple users need access to Visio you would need to pay per seat.
posted by vuron at 7:39 AM on July 12, 2011

Thanks Horselover Phattie! I was looking for some anecdotal confirmation, and now I am feeling confident that this will work.
posted by Glomar response at 7:44 AM on July 12, 2011

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