Can I install Win 7 multiple times on same PC

January 12, 2010 at 10:22:30
Specs: Windows XP
I have not got Windows 7 Yet but I plan too. I change computer parts (HDD and Main bord) If i buy the full version of windows 7 ultimate will I be able to install it mulitable time on the same computer? I will be buying the full verson.

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#1
January 12, 2010 at 12:57:08
Go to the link below.

No you can't install any version of Windows on multiple computers. One license/ one computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/wi...


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#2
January 12, 2010 at 13:05:22
"will I be able to install it mulitable time on the same computer?"

I see no reason why not. But, why would you want to do that?

Skip


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#3
January 12, 2010 at 13:26:32
Sorry I read the post wrong.

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#4
January 12, 2010 at 13:56:36
If I understand your question correctly you are asking if there are limits to re-installing Win7 ultimate when you rework your computer. Technically the answer is no, but from personal experience with any Windows operating system after around 35-40 times you have to start calling the Windows tech line to get the activation code based on your ID number. Keep in mind that you can only have the operating system on one computer at any one time.

DanW


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#5
January 12, 2010 at 15:00:59
I think that was the case with Vista but MS has backed down a bit. Seems we went over this at the first part of Win7 forums.

I assume you mean re-load it instead of 10 copies running at the same time. You could actually get away with multiple copies but it would be against the eula.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#6
January 12, 2010 at 21:40:29
Well what I mean is that I will only install it on one computer, just many times with different hardware eg.: Hard Drive, Main Bord, ect...

There would only be one cope running at one given time just with a different Main Bord, then a different hard drive then a different video card...ect but it will be the same machine


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#7
January 13, 2010 at 13:09:53
You can only have one copy.The running is not part of the statement. That is how it is worded.

What was supposed to happen was there were hardware profiles for that. On boot you had the ability to choose your config. Dunno if they ever got that working correctly.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#8
January 13, 2010 at 21:34:39
hmmm interesting i only be reformatting and zero-driving every once in a while so I think I should be good. I plan on buying a new Hard Drive soon. I have a 500GB hard drive I plan on upgrading to 1 or 2TB SATA

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#9
January 14, 2010 at 08:37:05
The true answer to changing hardware and using Windows 7 again will only be found in the future.

Microsoft's EULA seems to prevent an OEM copy from being used on different hardware. This was the same or similar verbage as the EULAs for XP & Vista. In those cases I believe Microsoft has been lenient as I feel they should be.

The real issue is running on multiple computers while paying for one or no licenses.

In the case of a retail copy the EULA states it can be used on only one computer at a time and can only be transferred to a new owner once. The courts have something to say about that issue though.


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#10
January 14, 2010 at 09:56:22
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"Microsoft's EULA seems to prevent an OEM copy from being used on different hardware. This was the same or similar verbage as the EULAs for XP & Vista. In those cases I believe Microsoft has been lenient as I feel they should be."
End Quote.

I will be getting a full version of the software, And I am cheap so I will be buying a digital download from a provider. http://download-company.net/shop/it...
I think $119.90 is a good price for Windows 7 64 bit
Thank you everyone for your help.


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#11
January 14, 2010 at 15:17:20
I would be VERY leery of this online vendor. First of all they do not state what type of Windows 7 Ultimate they are providing. Next there is no mention of a COA (Certificate Of Authenticity). Third, the price is too cheap.

IMO they are either selling downloads and maybe providing pirated keys or more likely they are selling seats on a volume license, which is also illegal.

The link below is for newegg.com, which is probably the biggest online USA/Canada vendor on the net. Their pricing for a n OEM system builder copy is $175. Ultimate full or upgrade copies are even more than that.

Be cautious or you may end up buying two copies of Windows 7 if the first key is no good.

Resellerratings.com doesn't have any record of the company either.

According to the first link below that company is a scam that is selling software that is already registered by someone else.

http://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/w...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#12
January 14, 2010 at 19:38:32
I just had a conference meeting with a Microsoft licensing rep regarding various programs including volume and OEM licenses plans. One of the questions that was addressed was when a systemboard is replaced. As their criteria states if the board is replaced with the same model the license still applies, if the board is replaced with a different one the license is no longer valid and a new copy would need installed. CPU upgrades, video cards and other plug-in device. The one item that defines the system is the systemboard.

Richard


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#13
January 14, 2010 at 22:34:36
Thank you for the warning.
I will not be upgrading my Main Bord any time soon quad core is good enough for me.

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#14
January 15, 2010 at 05:13:05
As I stated above, Microsoft has been lax in the past about motherboard change outs. They recognize that there are some in the enthusiasts segment that like to stay at the front of the curve. The main goal of the EULA is to prevent one license from being using on multiple computers.

You didn't comment on the company you are planning to buy Windows 7 from. Do you still plan to buy from them?


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#15
January 15, 2010 at 09:52:52
I am no longer going to buy from them. I am going to buy a OEM from newegg.com. I want to hold the CD/DVD in my hand. Thanks for the help and warring. I ran WIndows 7 upgrade advisor and it gave me the green light. So now all I got to do is buy the OS when I get the money. I will try to keep you guys updated.

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#16
January 15, 2010 at 09:57:54
More advice. When you get your DVD the first thing you should do with it is burn a copy of it. Then install with the copy. This will assure you that your copy is good. Then put the original away for safekeeping. Might even make two copies. Just don't let them out of your control.

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#17
January 15, 2010 at 10:13:48
That sounds like a good idea. Thanks.

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