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I would like to have two instances of Windows 8 Pro in the same machine, one for regular use and another for development.

I'm considering either using Hyper-V or a dual boot configuration. Do I need two Windows 8 Pro licenses?

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marked as duplicate by Sven, Dave M, voretaq7 Feb 28 '13 at 18:38

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I can't find any specifics about dual booting in that question, it is very general – Dortró Grijando Feb 28 '13 at 10:35
That's the idea, to be honest. It's impossible to cover every single different licensing area so we have to use a "catch-all" question. – tombull89 Feb 28 '13 at 10:37
Yes, and it seems it has developed quite well, but I need (and I'm sure other people would also find it helpful) a straight answer, as this specific topic is not so complex neither general – Dortró Grijando Feb 28 '13 at 10:41
@DortróGrijando, we here just can not give any licensing advise. That is a legal issue, you have to either ask the vendor or hire a lawyer. – vonbrand Feb 28 '13 at 10:48
Aha, I didn't know that, sorry :) – Dortró Grijando Feb 28 '13 at 10:50
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No. Pretty much all installs - physical - I know of are per machine. Dual boot I never heard to require two licenses.

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Thanks for your quick answer. What if the dual boot is implemented using a VHD file? – Dortró Grijando Feb 28 '13 at 10:31

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