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Windows 7: Is Windows 7 retail copy really for up to 3 computers?

18 Oct 2011   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WiL11o6 View Post
Thanks for the replies, the problem is not within trying to activate Windows 7. The problem is I cannot even get onto the desktop. I am stuck at the product key page, when I'm trying to setup my account log in name and password. It says invalid product key.

But it's already been answered I guess. I didn't buy the Windows 7 Family Pack, so I am only limited to one computer.
If and only if you have it uninstalled from the 1st computer (and any other computer), then you could try to activate it by phone.


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18 Oct 2011   #12
WiL11o6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Yes

How would I uninstall from 1st computer? Just boot from Windows 7 CD and then format computer? Or is there another way of doing it?
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18 Oct 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can use Diskpart as this tutorial explains.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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18 Oct 2011   #14
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WiL11o6 View Post
I know this has been asked a lot, and I have googled a lot trying to find a real answer to this. I have the retail Windows 7 Home, and I have done numerous reformatting on my computer until I bought a new computer. I tried to use the same CD-Key, but it says it is an invalid product key.

I was thinking, maybe it's up to 3 installs no matter what computer, however, I have done more than 3 installs on my same computer with no problems with the product key. I have read that it's good for up to 3 computers, not 3 installs.

I'm just irritated that I spent $100 on a Windows 7, and I'm locked down to one computer, that I'm not even going to use anymore. I have my new computer built, it's just sitting here, but I have no OS to install it on since my CD key isn't valid.

Is there something I need to do to re-validate the product key?

Thanks.
A bit late to enter this discussion, but some points of clarification:

The Windows 7 family pack is an upgrade license which can be used to activate 3 PCs. That's the only retail Win7 version that I know of that permits it.

Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student can be activated on 3 PCs, but that has nothing to do with Windows, other than being an application suite that runs under Windows.

A retail Windows 7 license is transferrable to a new computer. (An OEM or System Builder version is not supposed to be transferrable.) You are supposed to remove it fromt the old PC, but as far as I know, it's on the honor system. I have read claims that Microsoft will deactivate Windows on the old PC if it is connected to the Internet while activated with the key, but I find that hard to believe. Failing WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) seems likelier.
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