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Windows 7: Activating a second PC down the line?

06 Nov 2009   #1
amdowney

Vista Business for now
 
 
Activating a second PC down the line?

I have bought 2 licences for my PC & Laptop, Home and a Pro.

I was wondering though, going on how the previous versions of Windows works - if I was to activate the 1 Pro PC now, then decide I want Pro on the laptop in the future and was to reintall and use the same product key, surely if I ring MS in a few months down the line to activate they will let me do it as if I got a new PC? I know in the past they'll let you activate a couple of times per year with a key?


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06 Nov 2009   #2
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amdowney View Post
I have bought 2 licences for my PC & Laptop, Home and a Pro.

I was wondering though, going on how the previous versions of Windows works - if I was to activate the 1 Pro PC now, then decide I want Pro on the laptop in the future and was to reintall and use the same product key, surely if I ring MS in a few months down the line to activate they will let me do it as if I got a new PC? I know in the past they'll let you activate a couple of times per year with a key?
I believe you are correct, it worked that way when I rebuilt my XP system. I just called Microsoft, told them what I had done, read them the key, and they put me in touch with a number to call to get a new key.

If you have the time, you might want to check with them ahead of time just to be sure.
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06 Nov 2009   #3
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amdowney View Post
I have bought 2 licences for my PC & Laptop, Home and a Pro.

I was wondering though, going on how the previous versions of Windows works - if I was to activate the 1 Pro PC now, then decide I want Pro on the laptop in the future and was to reintall and use the same product key, surely if I ring MS in a few months down the line to activate they will let me do it as if I got a new PC? I know in the past they'll let you activate a couple of times per year with a key?
I can confirm this.

Even with the OEM version of Vista Ultimate I had on my laptop, I called them and activated it on my HTPC.
No questions asked what so ever.

greetings
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