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Windows 7: Reinstall Windows 7 on to a different computer


04 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 beta (7000)
 
 
Reinstall Windows 7 on to a different computer

Hi!
i installed windows 7 and its working fine, but i want to also install on to my other computer. can still use the same KEY?


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04 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hi Sundippan!

Yes, each key will work for up to 3 PC's.
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04 Mar 2009   #3

Windows 7 beta (7000)
 
 

Ok Thankz...

I'm running windows XP...can i do upgrade instead of coustom install?
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04 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Not at the moment, you can only upgrade from Vista.

I really would reccomend a clean install in any case, far less problems that way.
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04 Mar 2009   #5

Windows 7 beta (7000)
 
 

thankz for the advice...

will do so...
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08 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angryman View Post
Hi Sundippan!

Yes, each key will work for up to 3 PC's.
This isn't true is it. Everything I've read says that the Windows 7 license is only valid for ONE computer.
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08 Apr 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

I am surprised such misinformation would survive for so long here without correction.

You can only install a MS OS on one machine at a time.

If it is retail but not OEM, you can migrate it to another machine of your choice. It requires a robocall which will deactivate the old hardware signature and update the new one.

If it is factory OEM it can only be reinstalled on the same hardware. Builder's OEM can have some hardware changes although a change of mobo may require a special exception from MS as it supposedly is the deal killer.
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08 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I am surprised such misinformation would survive for so long here without correction.

You can only install a MS OS on one machine at a time.

If it is retail but not OEM, you can migrate it to another machine of your choice. It requires a robocall which will deactivate the old hardware signature and update the new one.

If it is factory OEM it can only be reinstalled on the same hardware. Builder's OEM can have some hardware changes although a change of mobo may require a special exception from MS as it supposedly is the deal killer.
Having never purchased a full retail version of a MS Operating System, it would appear that I have been very lucky indeed. I rode my System Builder copy of Win XP Pro into the ground. That key survived at least 5 system builds and a yearly wipe/clean install over the course of 7 years or so. Only at the very end, did I end up having to call MS/India and get things "straightened out."
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