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Do I need to own Diablo III to download and install the game?

Basically, my friend has a Diablo III disc which I plan to borrow, and I started my own account, so can I play on a different account, on a different computer, with the same disc?

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marked as duplicate by Mark Trapp, authenticgeek, Fluttershy, MBraedley, StrixVaria Sep 10 '12 at 0:11

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The disc just has the game data, to play you need to have a registered copy of Diablo 3 on your account.

Your friend should already have registered the key that came with his disk to his account so you will not be able to use it with your account, but you can use the disc to install the game on your own computer if you want and buy a digital copy of the game for you own account.

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So you can't register two accounts to one disc? – Devin Sep 9 '12 at 23:47
@Devin: The disk is meaningless as far as D3 is concerned. What really matters is the key that comes with the disk. This is registered against your account and is what allows you to login anywhere that has D3 installed. If you buy D3 online via Blizzard you will get it registered against your account and then you can quite happily use your friends disk to install the game or download it. – Matthew Scharley Sep 9 '12 at 23:55
Okay, I also heard about the game coming with three trial codes. If I enter one of those three trial codes that came with my friends game, then will that work? And i haven't registered my account to any game yet. – Devin Sep 9 '12 at 23:59
@Devin: Like I said, you can install D3 wherever you want using the CD you just can't play it at all without having a account that has the game activated on it. D3 is an always-online game. You will be able to play it with the trail code, though obviously only with whatever restrictions are on a trial account (I honestly don't know). – Matthew Scharley Sep 10 '12 at 0:30
Okay, thank you. Sorry if I was sounding stubborn. I'll go look up the trial restrictions. – Devin Sep 10 '12 at 0:34

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