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Windows 7: Windows OEM Copies on mutliple PCs

28 Feb 2015   #1
Ishraq

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows OEM Copies on mutliple PCs

If I were to build several identical PCs in terms of hardware, will one OEM license work?


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28 Feb 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

No. You must buy an OEM license for each computer you build. To do otherwise is piracy.
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01 Mar 2015   #3
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

... and besides, activation wouldn't work on the later installs.
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03 Mar 2015   #4
Ishraq

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
... and besides, activation wouldn't work on the later installs.
Ok just curious.
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03 Mar 2015   #5
Ishraq

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
No. You must buy an OEM license for each computer you build. To do otherwise is piracy.
OK, I was just curious, no intention of piracy.
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03 Mar 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What you can do is install Linux with VMware Player on all computers. Then install Windows under VMware Player on an external SSD (eSata or USB3 attached). Now you can run this Windows on any machine under VMware Player. In this case, VMware Player is the 'machine' on which you installed.
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03 Mar 2015   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

It's still not legal that way. Each and every install requires its own licence.
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03 Mar 2015   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think it is legal in so far as you can attach the external disk only to one system at each time. It would be illegal if you made multiple copies of the virtual system and ran those simultaneously. I use a retail license. With an OEM license that may be borderline.
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03 Mar 2015   #9
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

It's not legal for the reason that it's not legally possible to install win7 to boot from external media. I admit that it may not be specifically excluded by the licensing conditions but it's been established that separate vm installs even on the same machine each require their own license
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03 Mar 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
It's not legal for the reason that it's not legally possible to install win7 to boot from external media. I admit that it may not be specifically excluded by the licensing conditions but it's been established that separate vm installs even on the same machine each require their own license
That is correct. You need an own license for the VM installation.
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