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Windows 7: Activating a retail copy of Windows 7 on a second computer.


18 May 2012   #1

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Activating a retail copy of Windows 7 on a second computer.

The computer it is currently installed on doesn't work anymore. (I couldn't fit that in the title. I know that retail licenses only permit for the copy of Windows 7 to be activated/genuine on one computer.)

I have a retail copy of Windows 7. It was used to upgrade a laptop from Windows XP to Windows 7. I still have that laptop. That laptop, however, is broken (motherboard problem). I'm aware that there is a way to deactivate Windows 7 via cmd, but I can't do that on a computer that can't turn on. Is there a way to use this retail copy of Windows 7 on my new computer without deactivating it on the old one? Or am I screwed, and need to buy a new copy?


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18 May 2012   #2

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No, it should work. As long as you have activated on another computer recently, and that old computer doesn't come back on and start checking in, you shouldn't have any issues.
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18 May 2012   #3

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Simply install the copy of WIndows on the second computer - this automatically disqualifes the older installation which will then fail validation if it's attempted.

There is no need, or way, to 'de-activate' a computer, as far as Windows activation servers are concerned.
The de-activation you've seen is only a local one, to allow another license Key to be input on that machine, and does not get passed through to the activation servers.
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18 May 2012   #4

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All right, good to hear. Thanks for the help.
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19 May 2012   #5

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You're welcome - good luck!
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