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Windows 7: Using same key to install on two computers

21 Feb 2010   #1
LiTos456

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Using same key to install on two computers

Simple question, is it possible? My sister's laptop is running the RC that I was using recently. But I upgraded, using the key I bought for the Windows 7 Retail from the digital river student sale offer.

Her computer will also start to expire soon, so I need to do the same there. But this is the only key I have, and I used it on my computer. Is it possible to use the same key on her laptop as well? I know probably not, but I thought so about being able to upgrade from RC to RTM too, except that was possible, so you never know.
Thanks.


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21 Feb 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No, that would be illegal. You need a separate key for each installation.
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21 Feb 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

In addition to being illegal and not moral, Microsoft is beginning a crack down on all who do not have legally licensed OS. You can get an upgrade DVD for a little more than about $100. The few dollars spent would be the best way to go.
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21 Feb 2010   #4
polarbear

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Worth the price as well...
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21 Feb 2010   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiTos456 View Post
Simple question, is it possible? My sister's laptop is running the RC that I was using recently. But I upgraded, using the key I bought for the Windows 7 Retail from the digital river student sale offer.

Her computer will also start to expire soon, so I need to do the same there. But this is the only key I have, and I used it on my computer. Is it possible to use the same key on her laptop as well? I know probably not, but I thought so about being able to upgrade from RC to RTM too, except that was possible, so you never know.
Thanks.
Aside from being a violation of the license agreement, the activation will fail on the second system.

There are always ways to get around that, but it'd be best to get another license.
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22 Feb 2010   #6
LiTos456

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Yeah, thought so. It is easily worth 100 dollars of course, but I dont know if my sister will be able to afford that right now.
I guess we'll have to figure something out.
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04 Apr 2010   #7
MarkT

Windows 7
 
 
Activation

If Win7 is already activated an one PC and its is installed on another PC (with same Prod key) even when activated at time of install, what happens?

Is this even possible or is the activation checked later in the second install and, when it is, what happens then?
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04 Apr 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome

It is against Forum Policy to explain how it can happen, but trust me it can.
If a person is caught, worse case scenario, MS can pursue criminal charges; its theft of service. Best case scenario, you lose one of the OS. It will be turned off.
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04 Apr 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can get a 32bit Win7 for $89.99 here. You have to use this promo code: EMCYRYZ54. Without the promo code and for the 64bit version it is $99.99.
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04 Apr 2010   #10
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

By the way you can use the same key to activate either the 64 or 32 bit versions.
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