Difference between Microsoft licenses

WINDOWS – Difference between Single Time Use, REUSABLE, and RETAIL

Single Time Use (STU)

  • Lifetime: Yes, the key has lifetime validity.
  • Reset: Yes, the key works after resetting the PC.
  • Reinstall: No, the key does not work after reinstalling the operating system.
  • Hardware Changes: Cannot use the same key after changing the hard drive/SSD with the operating system.
  • License Transfer: No, the license cannot be transferred to another device.

Reusable:

  • Lifetime: Yes, the key has lifetime validity.
  • Reset: Yes, the key works after resetting the PC.
  • Reinstall: Yes, the key works after reinstalling the operating system.
  • Hardware Changes: Can use the same key after changing the hard drive/SSD with the operating system.
  • License Transfer: No, the license cannot be transferred to another device.

Retail:

  • Lifetime: Yes, the key has lifetime validity.
  • Reset: Yes, the key works after resetting the PC.
  • Reinstall: Yes, the key works after reinstalling the operating system.
  • Hardware Changes: Can use the same key after changing the hard drive/SSD with the operating system.
  • License Transfer: Yes, the license can be transferred to another device.

The note at the end mentions that Single Time Use and Reusable keys may also appear as Retail when checked with command prompt or third-party software, but assures that you will receive the key you paid for, and it will work as described. It’s important to purchase software licenses from reputable sources to ensure authenticity and adherence to these terms.

MS OFFICE – Difference between Single Time Use and Account Bind

SINGLE TIME USE (STU):

  • Lifetime: The key is valid for a lifetime.
  • Repair: The key remains functional after repairing MS OFFICE.
  • Reinstall: The key continues to work even after reinstalling MS OFFICE without reinstalling the Operating System.
  • Format: Unfortunately, the key becomes invalid after formatting your PC.
  • Hardware Changes: The key cannot be used to activate MS OFFICE after changing the Hard Drive / SSD.

ACCOUNT BIND:

  • Lifetime: The key is valid for a lifetime.
  • Repair: The key remains effective after repairing MS OFFICE.
  • Reinstall: The key remains functional even after reinstalling MS OFFICE.
  • Format: The key stays valid even after formatting the PC.
  • Hardware Changes: You can use the same key to activate MS OFFICE even after changing the Hard Drive / SSD.