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Windows 7: Multi-Machine, Multi-License?


28 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 
Multi-Machine, Multi-License?

I would like to purchase a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium (not an upgrade) and install it on two different machines. Is this possible or do I need to buy 2 full copies of Windows 7? Can I just buy the one copy and get like a multi-license? Amazon sells Windows 7 Family Pacs for but it's an upgrade version. I couldn't find any info on Microsoft's web site regarding multiple licensing at all. Thanks in advance.

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28 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Bug67, I also have not found any multi copies of windows 7 full versions for sale. Outside of buying OEM copies which are a lot cheaper than the full box versions.
Beware of anyone telling you that the copies they sell are for multi installs which could be a technet or msdn copies which are not for resale.

Rich
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28 Nov 2011   #3

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bug67 View Post
I would like to purchase a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium (not an upgrade) and install it on two different machines. Is this possible or do I need to buy 2 full copies of Windows 7? Can I just buy the one copy and get like a multi-license? Amazon sells Windows 7 Family Pacs for but it's an upgrade version. I couldn't find any info on Microsoft's web site regarding multiple licensing at all. Thanks in advance.
You will need two full Retail licenses - which come with two full disk packs
You couldm however, use the MS Store and purchase a download copy for one, and a full hard copy for the other - this gives you the security of knowing the at the Keys are genuine, and having a known-good disk for installation, while at the same time allowing guranteed download of the current-release OS for life (for that edition and version), so that you can download a copy with SP2 embedded when it comes out eventually, and not have to worry about uninstalling stuff to be able to do a repair install if required.

Do NOT be tempted to save money by purchasing off eBay - most software sales there are of counterfeits (also craigslist, and Amazon MarketPlace).

Do NOT be tempted to purchase OEM licenses - you would be breaking the license terms by installing them for your own use, and would not be eligible for free MS support.
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28 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

FWIW: Microcenter sells oem software.

Micro Center Products: Software: Operating Systems: Microsoft

If it was illegal, then I am sure that microsoft would close them down.

Rich
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28 Nov 2011   #5

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No they wouldn't - unless they were counterfeits.
It's in MS's interest to sell copies of WIndows to MC - it's in MC's interests to sell copies to clients. Once that has happened, then it is up to MC's clients whether they stick to the licensing terms or not. It is not MC's problem, it's their client's problem.
MS could in theory sue any (and every) end-user who has purchased an OEM SB disk for their own computer from MC. They could NOT sue MC, because MC has done nothing against the terms of their license.
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28 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

OK, if MS could in theory sue any (and every) end-user who has purchased an OEM SB disk for their own computer from MC. They could NOT sue MC, because MC has done nothing against the terms of their license.

There does not seem to be any notice on MC' site or on the packages you purchase that ms could sue you if you bought this sofware and were not a real oem. Even though it is offered to anyone who walks in the door.

rich
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28 Nov 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post

There does not seem to be any notice on MC' site or on the packages you purchase that ms could sue you if you bought this sofware and were not a real oem. Even though it is offered to anyone who walks in the door.

rich
You obviously have problems with literacy
look here - Micro Center - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM (PC) MSGFC02050
<quote>
Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed.
</quote>
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28 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 X64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
"...You couldm however, use the MS Store and purchase a download copy for one, and a full hard copy for the other - this gives you the security of knowing the at the Keys are genuine, and having a known-good disk for installation, while at the same time allowing guranteed download of the current-release OS for life (for that edition and version), so that you can download a copy with SP2 embedded when it comes out eventually, and not have to worry about uninstalling stuff to be able to do a repair install if required..."
This sounds like a plan to me. Wish a full on copy wasn't so spendy but, what are you gonna do?
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28 Nov 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bug67 View Post
This sounds like a plan to me. Wish a full on copy wasn't so spendy but, what are you gonna do?
Ghostbusters won't work

You can save up to 25% by going to a *reputable* store - which can cut the pain somewhat.
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28 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
You obviously have problems with literacy
I suppose you even read and pay attention to all the ULA's that you click YES!

What that all means is that you save money by buying oem and support it yourself without help from microsoft.

The tens of thousands of people who build their own computers have for years used the OEM software products without worrying about microsoft sueing them.

And I am a bit literate but most likely not as smart as you.

Rich
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