Quote: Originally Posted by brucemc777
I have been told that one can now install Windows 7 on any machine and it will run without a problem indefinitely. This seems rather contrary to history, but since I have been out of touch for a while I thought it best to ask the pros (that's you folks). What's the story on how long Windows 7 runs without activation?
installation of Windows requires activation within a certain period.
That period varies depending on the source and the reason, between 3 days and 90 days - but can be extended up to 4 times (although most installs will only allow 3)
There is no such thing as a legal installation of Windows that does not require activation - and all activation attempts are logged by the servers involved, except for the self-activation of OEM_SLP Keys used by the big-name branded OEMs.
There are Trial versions available which have a 90-day license (which can be extended) - these still require activation, but will expire at the end, and require a clean install to replace.