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Windows 7: Dual Boot Activation


06 Oct 2012   #1

Win 7 ultimate
 
 
Dual Boot Activation

Hi there.

I have a plan to buy Windows 7 Pro OEM for my netbook.
And i want to make it dual boot on that netbook.
So, my Win 7 Pro will be installed on drive C:\ and drive E:\

I'm sure that the first activation for drive C:\ will absolutely done well and legit.
But how about the second activation on drive E:\ ?

Is it legal and allowed to activate the second one on other drive for dual boot option?
Its still on the same machine (same netbook) and the same hardware.
Its just different drive partition.

Just wondering that.
I'm waiting for your answer.

Thank you.

Regards.
Raditz.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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06 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Raditz,

Sorry, but no. An OEM product key number on the COA sticker can only be used to activate one current installation only, and only on the exact same computer it was first activated on. You can activate a clean reinstall on that computer all you like so long as no other previous activated installation exists. Otherwise it would violate the EULA and be illegal.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Oct 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RADITZ View Post
Hi there.

I have a plan to buy Windows 7 Pro OEM for my netbook.
And i want to make it dual boot on that netbook.
So, my Win 7 Pro will be installed on drive C:\ and drive E:\

I'm sure that the first activation for drive C:\ will absolutely done well and legit.
But how about the second activation on drive E:\ ?

Is it legal and allowed to activate the second one on other drive for dual boot option?
Its still on the same machine (same netbook) and the same hardware.
Its just different drive partition.

Just wondering that.
I'm waiting for your answer.

Thank you.

Regards.
Raditz.
Every installation of Windows requires its OWN License.
If you want two installations on the same machine then you require two licenses (i.e.two Keys).
You will need to purchase a FULL Retail license for the second installation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


07 Oct 2012   #4

Win 7 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Raditz,

Sorry, but no. An OEM product key number on the COA sticker can only be used to activate one current installation only, and only on the exact same computer it was first activated on. You can activate a clean reinstall on that computer all you like so long as no other previous activated installation exists. Otherwise it would violate the EULA and be illegal.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RADITZ View Post
Hi there.

I have a plan to buy Windows 7 Pro OEM for my netbook.
And i want to make it dual boot on that netbook.
So, my Win 7 Pro will be installed on drive C:\ and drive E:\

I'm sure that the first activation for drive C:\ will absolutely done well and legit.
But how about the second activation on drive E:\ ?

Is it legal and allowed to activate the second one on other drive for dual boot option?
Its still on the same machine (same netbook) and the same hardware.
Its just different drive partition.

Just wondering that.
I'm waiting for your answer.

Thank you.

Regards.
Raditz.
Every installation of Windows requires its OWN License.
If you want two installations on the same machine then you require two licenses (i.e.two Keys).
You will need to purchase a FULL Retail license for the second installation.
I see now.
Thanks for the answers for both of you.

Case closed.

Regards.
Raditz.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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