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Windows 7: very simple questions

23 Oct 2010   #1
mr bluesky

windows 7 home premium
 
 
very simple questions

i am private person with private pc
1.how many times i can activate my windows 7?10 times?
2.where i can see,how many times i have activated my windows?



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23 Oct 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Very simple answers.

1) If you have a retail license (meaning you bought it from a shop), you can use it only on ONE machine at any given time. But you are free to uninstall on one machine, then install on another i.e. the license istransferable. But ONE machine at any given time.

2) There is no way to see how many times. But you can see whether you are activated or not by clicking on control panel->system, then scroll down to see windows activation.

Feel free to ask harder questions. Basically it depends on what type of license you have, which you havent told us specifically.
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23 Oct 2010   #3
mr bluesky

windows 7 home premium
 
 

yes i bought my copy from shop and license is:"Licensed for distribution only with a new PC"
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23 Oct 2010   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr bluesky View Post
yes i bought my copy from shop
In that case, when you activate online, the key gets tied to the existing hardware. So on this particular computer you can uninstall and reinstall infinite number of times. If you make hardware changes, depending on how significant they are, the license can get deactivated. By significant I mean change the motherboard alone or change ram, hard drive, optical drive etc. together. When you do that, Microsoft thinks you have installed the same license on an additional machine so deactivates.

If that happens to you because of major hardware change you just need to call them and explain that you only have your copy installed on a single computer and they'll activate for you.
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23 Oct 2010   #5
mr bluesky

windows 7 home premium
 
 

I need update my RAM,nvidia card and psu-so i need activate again ,or install my windows copy again
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23 Oct 2010   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

No, I dont think the ram and gfx card update will require reactivation. PSU change doesnt count. In any case FYI, the process for reactivation is very simple.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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23 Oct 2010   #7
mr bluesky

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Thank You
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23 Oct 2010   #8
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr bluesky View Post
yes i bought my copy from shop and license is:"Licensed for distribution only with a new PC"
Oops, you edited that post. "Licensed for distribution only with a new PC" is embossed on restore disks. These are disks that come with OEM windows machines and can ONLY be used to reinstall windows on that particular computer.

OK, so things are slightly different in this case.

1) You can use that disk ONLY to reinstall win7 on ONLY this particular machine. Upgrading hardware other than the motherboard will not affect activation.

2) Online activation doesnt apply here, the disk just looks for a bios flag and win7 will auto activate.
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27 Oct 2010   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr bluesky View Post
I need update my RAM,nvidia card and psu-so i need activate again ,or install my windows copy again
I have Windows 7 OEM and I changed all of those and there was not a problem.
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