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Windows 7: question regarding license restrictions

02 Jan 2010   #1
bnut

operating system agnostic
 
 
question regarding license restrictions

I have a non-OEM copy of Windows 7. I have a half dozen computers. I'm thinking of putting this on my work provided laptop. I remember hearing some complaints at the time Vista was released about problems people had when they replaced or upgraded hardware.

In the instance that I get a new laptop from my employer, am I prohibited from erasing that HDD and installing it on the new machine? If I determine that there are incompatibilities with my work applications, am I allowed to remove it and install it on another one of my computers.

I've got a mediaserver/transcoder that is working perfectly using XP. I'd like to upgrade it to 7 so that I can take advantage of the Homegroups, but in my testing I've been having issues getting the codecs working 100% with the transcoding apps. I don't want to burn the license on that machine unless I know that the applications are going to operate properly.

So the question becomes:

Is the single license restriction one time use or one use at a time? In the event that I have to call the activation center, what are the actual expectations? Is this going to be like calling the cable company or will it be a less unpleasant experience?


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02 Jan 2010   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello bnut,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

Since you have a non-OEM copy, you are allowed to use it on another comp as long as you remove it from the first. I had to do a phone activation once with Vista and it was relatively painless.

Hope this helps.

Gary

Edit: More info here if needed. Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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02 Jan 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi

Check with your employer.
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02 Jan 2010   #4
bnut

operating system agnostic
 
 

garysgold,
Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the response. That information is reassuring.

theog, I'm not sure what you mean. I don't *work* for Microsoft. Checking with my employer is not going to provide the answer to my question. I'm really not sure why you even bothered to respond since a useful answer had already been provided unless you're just padding your postcount, in which case I'd suggest you do it in a more appropriate forum. Perhaps here.
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03 Jan 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bnut View Post
garysgold,
Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the response. That information is reassuring.

theog, I'm not sure what you mean. I don't *work* for Microsoft. Checking with my employer is not going to provide the answer to my question. I'm really not sure why you even bothered to respond since a useful answer had already been provided unless you're just padding your postcount, in which case I'd suggest you do it in a more appropriate forum. Perhaps here.
By not checking with employer, I hope you do not lose job.

As you state the laptop is owned by employer.
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