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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

I want to run a server with windows 2008. Which version license should I get? How many times can I install the license? Like if I reformat can I re-use the license? How many server can use the same license?

I'm seeing prices from 20$ to 2000$, which one is right for me?

I'm looking at prices from http://www.buycheapsoftware.com/ Has anyone have any experience with this company?

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Why buy from that website (a bit sketchy, no?) instead of buying directly from Microsoft?

As far as which channel (Windows Server packages) to purchase, check out the graph on Microsoft's site.

I am fairly certain that you can format and re-use the license. However, you should contact Microsoft for details.

When you're ready to purchase, check out Microsoft Store.


I would buy a windows 2008 server licenses from Microsoft or a Microsoft certified dealer. To be honest I do not see the question. Unless you are asking to buy an illegal license.

Your 3rd option would be to subscribe to Microsoft technet and get a Development/Single user license. This is $200 last time I checked and basically you get a license to every single MS product.

  • Sorry if my question was not clear enough. – user101699 Dec 12 '11 at 10:28

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