Use same W7 key twice for two languages?

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
January 27, 2010 at 06:07:54
Specs: Windows 7
Hello, I brought a licence for Windows 7 Home Premium (full, not upgrade, not oem) on microsoft online store... The question is: can I use the same licence key for any language of my choice?
example... if I have this key on an english Win 7, can I use it on a Win 7 german version?
Thanks a lot!

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#1
January 27, 2010 at 06:59:33
If you are talking about reusing Windows 7 product key on a second machine that have different language, no you cannot. The product key is for one machine only. If you want another key, you need to buy it from M$.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#2
January 27, 2010 at 07:02:39
yes I know, but I would like to use the same key on the same PC.... just want to use it on a german Windows 7 home premium instead of an english one.. Can I use the same key?

Thanks a lot!!


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#3
January 27, 2010 at 10:56:05
I am not quite sure. Why don't you go ahead and try it yourself. Don't forgot to post back so we will know whether or not any Windows 7 key will work on any language with no internationalization limitations.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
January 27, 2010 at 18:47:23
Yes you can.

However, as succinctly put by XpUser, using the same license on two machines simultaneously is tantamount to casual piracy. So you must remove any additional installation besides the one you intend to activate your key with.

Good luck!

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#5
January 27, 2010 at 22:54:54
if you have 2 installations on the same machine, it would i assume register as the same machine, i see no reasons why you cannot do this, i run my machine with a full install of all programs and a minimal installation as a dual boot, just in case i get a problem...MS have never complained that i broken any agreement, as its only installed on one machine, which is what the license is really all about...

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#6
January 28, 2010 at 05:08:48
"...i see no reasons why you cannot do this, i run my machine with a full install of all programs and a minimal installation as a dual boot, just in case i get a problem...MS have never complained that i broken any agreement,...

Being able to skirt a rule does not negate a violation of the rule being circumvented. And the reason M$ is not aggressively enforcing the casual piracy rule is because of its subjective nature.

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#7
January 29, 2010 at 01:49:00
Hello there, just to inform you that it's working!!!!
My licence has been activated from microsoft!

I might be wrong, but when you go in a store to buy a retail copy of Windows 7 you actually buy the licence key (along with the dvd of course). All disks are the same on the store shelfs, no changes at all.
If you buy a Win7 home premium licence that means that you can use that key ONLY (and obviouslly) for that specific edition (home premium in this case) no matter in what languages it is the disk you'll use to install it.

This could be very interesting for all the people that don't won't to buy the Ultimate edition (where you can change the languages at any time) do to the high price.

I think that it's also legal to download an .iso file from the internet with the localized version you need, but using an authentic licence key.
Anyway this sitiuation doesn't apply for the OEM editions, only for retail's ones.


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