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Windows 7: too much license

02 May 2011   #1
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
too much license

Hi everyone,
Can i still use my license after i used it 3 times?
I used it on the same computer & onetime i had to call Microsoft to activate it again.
My question is, can i reinstall windows again and do i have to call Microsoft again?
The license goes to windows 7 profession 64bit.


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02 May 2011   #2
Bill2

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

On the same machine, the license can be reinstalled infinite number of times. You may have trouble activating online if theres been a significant hardware change, in that case activate by phone.

If this is an OEM license, mobo change will make it illegal to use the license on the new mobo.
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03 May 2011   #3
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
On the same machine, the license can be reinstalled infinite number of times. You may have trouble activating online if theres been a significant hardware change, in that case activate by phone.

If this is an OEM license, mobo change will make it illegal to use the license on the new mobo.
I have used it 3 times on the same computer and i had to call one time which was the last time i formatted and i Microsoft to activate it.
Also i haven’t done any hardware changes.
i don’t understand why would i have to call to reactivate my license if it's on the same computer, oh and how do i know it's a OME?
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03 May 2011   #4
Bill2

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

MS's activation servers are not infallible, thats why.

If you bought it from a store in a nice package with a product key on it, its retail. OEM either comes preinstalled or from stores like newegg (system builder copies), its a limited license because its tied to the first motherboard its installed on.
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03 May 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Unless your copy of Windows was supplied shrink-wrapped in a box then it will have been installed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the product key will be displayed on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop or desktop case.

Comprehensive information on OEM licensing here.
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03 May 2011   #6
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Unless your copy of Windows was supplied shrink-wrapped in a box then it will have been installed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the product key will be displayed on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop or desktop case.

Comprehensive information on OEM licensing here.
I got it from my school.
We were given them for personal use.
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03 May 2011   #7
Bill2

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

Probably MSDNAA license. Check the activation terms with the school.
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03 May 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

In that case, any support questions should be directed at your school as the software will have been supplied under Microsoft's volume licensing terms.
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03 May 2011   #9
DrBejar

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
In that case, any support questions should be directed at your school as the software will have been supplied under Microsoft's volume licensing terms.

my only problem is, i dont go to that school anymore and i already graduated from that school.
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03 May 2011   #10
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrBejar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
In that case, any support questions should be directed at your school as the software will have been supplied under Microsoft's volume licensing terms.

my only problem is, i dont go to that school anymore and i already graduated from that school.

Technically the you shouldn't be using that copy of Windows any more if you left the school although it is sometimes legal to continue to use the product AFTER graduation - depends on the license of course.

However the activation procedure SHOULD work if you activate by phone and the computer is the same one as originally installed on.

Normally it will be automatic just follow the instructions from the telephone but in case of any problems you might actually get put through to an a REAL HUMAN. In this case explain say that your hard disk crashed or whatever and you have to completely re-install Windows.

(Normally the phone activation is machine generated - the responses are programmed following your answers to standard pre-defined questions like Is this copy of Windows used on another computer etc etc.)

Do the following as well - saves future problems.

Now once it IS activated take an IMAGE BACKUP that you can restore via a bootable dvd / usb device, That way if you need to mess about with the hardware or a program hoses up the system you can restore the image and shouldn't need re-activation.

Cheers
jimbo
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