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Windows 7: How many computers will I be able to install W7 on?

26 Jun 2009   #1
Rising

Windows 7 RC
 
 
How many computers will I be able to install W7 on?

I have a desktop and a laptop and I'd like to have it on both without having to buy 2 copies. Is it possible to do while being able to receive Windows updates? Also, will it be possible to do a clean install using the W7 upgrade disk like we could with Vista?

Would the fact that I have one 64 bit and one 32-bit make any difference? I know both versions are on the disk.


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26 Jun 2009   #2
2bn2b

Vista
 
 

Hi,

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I have a desktop and a laptop and I'd like to have it on both without having to buy 2 copies. Is it possible to do while being able to receive Windows updates?
well, i think it is possible.... but i don't know if it is legel.

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Also, will it be possible to do a clean install using the W7 upgrade disk like we could with Vista?
I can not imagine why not.


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Would the fact that I have one 64 bit and one 32-bit make any difference? I know both versions are on the disk.
I am not sure, but i have heared that if purchase the Windows 7 Upgrade version electronically (preferably through the presale and directly from Microsoft), you're given the choice to download the x64 bits


Hope this helps.... but if you are not sure you can contact Micro$oft about that.
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26 Jun 2009   #3
happinessiseasy

Windows 7 RC (Build 7100)
 
 

I'm not 100% on this, but I'm pretty sure one copy is one license for one machine. It's been a while since I've had two computers that didn't come with it.
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26 Jun 2009   #4
Legacy Code

 

I thought you was able to use one copy on 3 machines for personal use ?...but i may be wrong so please dont hold me to that
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26 Jun 2009   #5
K3VL4R

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2bn2b View Post

I am not sure, but i have heared that if purchase the Windows 7 Upgrade version electronically (preferably through the presale and directly from Microsoft), you're given the choice to download the x64 bits
I checked the M$ store link and the upgrade kits are selling with both x86 and x64 so there is no need for electronic version (unless it is more convenient for you)
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26 Jun 2009   #6
yadielfeliciano

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Uhmm

only one I guess since you only get one license key
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26 Jun 2009   #7
Mongo

XPSP3, Se7en RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rising View Post
I have a desktop and a laptop and I'd like to have it on both without having to buy 2 copies. Is it possible to do while being able to receive Windows updates?
You should have no problems receiving updates via the Automatic Updates feature in Windows. No license check is performed with this method.

However, licensing verification will be required to access the main Windows Update site through a web browser. So assuming you have a single copy of Windows installed on two or more computers, accessing the Windows Update site on more than one computer will certainly fail the genuine validation check.
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26 Jun 2009   #8
Rising

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mongo View Post
You should have no problems receiving updates via the Automatic Updates feature in Windows. No license check is performed with this method.

However, licensing verification will be required to access the main Windows Update site through a web browser. So assuming you have a single copy of Windows installed on two or more computers, accessing the Windows Update site on more than one computer will certainly fail the genuine validation check.
Last time I even bothered with Windows Update through a browser was with XP. On Vista and Windows 7, it's handled through the windows update app. So would it be okay to do since it's handled through that app? Also, what if I'm using one comp at a time? Say I update one, switch it off and go and update the other one, will it work?

And I've read about that 3 machines per copy thing before, which was one of the reasons I asked here.
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26 Jun 2009   #9
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I think its more like 3 activations per key. But that is regardless if you install it on the same computer each time... So I think what you are trying to do (activating the same product key on multiple machines) is against the license agreement.
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26 Jun 2009   #10
xendrome

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

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