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04 Dec 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwardsaus View Post
Hi all,

I have installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit on my Toshiba laptop from Windows 7 DVD. The DVD provided licenses for 3 machines. Installing Windows 7 on my laptop left me with 2 licenses.

I want to uninstall and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop. Can I reinstall it from the same DVD without surrendering another license?

Thanks,

Edwards
You all make valid points, but had nothing to do with his original question, all he wants to do is clean install on the same laptop so the answer would be YES you can and you will be using the original license and have two left


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04 Dec 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
If you buy a RETAIL copy of windows you can move it to whatever machine you like provided it is installed on ONE machine at any one time (in accordance with the EULA) - that's the "slate" I'm talking about. I'm assuming this is a 3 use RETAIL "family pack" deal.
If it's OEM (which we did to death yesterday) then fine it's 3 physical machines
OEM is only good for one physical machine. There is no OEM Family Pack.
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04 Dec 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Bowtie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwardsaus View Post
Hi all,

I have installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit on my Toshiba laptop from Windows 7 DVD. The DVD provided licenses for 3 machines. Installing Windows 7 on my laptop left me with 2 licenses.

I want to uninstall and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop. Can I reinstall it from the same DVD without surrendering another license?

Thanks,

Edwards
You all make valid points, but had nothing to do with his original question, all he wants to do is clean install on the same laptop so the answer would be YES you can and you will be using the original license and have two left
Thank you. This board has a reputation for going all over the map to answer a VERY simple question.
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04 Dec 2010   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
This must be the Windows 7 family pack. A reinstall on the same machine wouldnt count as an additional license unless you have changed some hardware. Be sure to use the same key.
To 1 Bowtie & MacGyvr.
Read it slowly now.
This is the first response to the OP and it is wrong. This was the reason for my response and it was relevant to the original post. The OP would go away thinking the license would not be valid if I upgraded the hardware. It may involve a phone call to MS but it is within the terms of the EULA. Many other people read these posts and take the advice on board.
The only reason for me mentioning OEM is that those licenses do not allow PC change or significant change to hardware.
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04 Dec 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP

 

There isn't ever really an issue with reinstalling with the same key to the same hardware.

I believe when there is a hardware signature already associated with a specific key and you try to reactivate with changed hardware, the activation computer asks you how many machines it is presently installed upon. You can only answer "one" to proceed with activation, which updates the new hardware signature. MS views this as authorization to deactivate that key if it shows up again on any other hardware signature, including the old one.

What I haven't seen yet is how this is regulated with family 3-pack. Does it ask how many machines it is installed upon only if it shows 3 hardware signatures already locked to key? And if you answer "yes" how does it know which one to release in MS activation computers if it uses the same key for all 3?

It would be interesting to hear from someone who has experienced this.
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04 Dec 2010   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I have succesfully used this method to first uninstall the product key always before reinstalling. I am of course not sure if it's because of this, or because of other reasons, but I have never had any problems re-using the product key after following this simple procedure.

Kari
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04 Dec 2010   #17

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

The super simple answer is,,,,

Reinstall and activate and call MS if there is an issue.
If you can prove that you are in the right, you will not have any problems.
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05 Dec 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Although I think all angles of this issue have been covered already, let me quote Microsoft:

If you changed your hardware, reinstalled Windows 7, or transferred your product key, you'll need to activate Windows 7 using the automated telephone system.

If activation isn't successful, stay on the line to be transferred to a product activation agent who can assist you.


Most licenses only allow you to install and activate one copy of Windows on one computer, but some allow more.

If you've used all of the installations that your license allows and you want to add more, you can buy additional copies of Windows 7.

You can only transfer your product key to another computer if you purchased a retail copy of Windows 7 separately.

I think this summarizes nicely everything that has already been said in this thread. Source.
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