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Windows 7: How many times can a RETAIL product key be transferred?


25 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 
How many times can a RETAIL product key be transferred?

For example, a user buys a Retail (single license, not VL Build) version of Windows 7 Professional. The user buys a new laptop, uninstalls Windows 7 Retail from the old laptop, and re-installs it to the new one. If I understood correctly, this is possible, since the key is only activated one machine at a time.

How many times can the user transfer the Retail license from one machine to another? Is there a specific limitation to this?


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25 Dec 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Unlimited
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25 Dec 2013   #3

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

But you may run into problems if you do it every week
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26 Dec 2013   #4

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 


Yep - the transfers allowed are theoretically unlimited, but it's likely that the questioning by the activation operators will get increasingly in-depth over time, depending on the frequency of requests. Generally speaking I think the accepted frequency is around the 120-day mark. Any more often than that, and the operators will start delving into reasons and physical proofs.
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26 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Thank you, as always, you guys have been informative.
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