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Windows 7: Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?

27 Feb 2010   #41
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for all that guys.
I'm still not clear though. If I want to install Windows 7 on more than one PC, do I use the same product key (up to 10 times) or use a different one each time.


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27 Feb 2010   #42
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

use a different product key for each machine,

example: machine 1 has windows 7 ultimate on it, so you use ultimatre key 1, machine 2 has ultimate on it also so you use ultimate key 2, if however machine 1 crashes and needs to be reinstalled, then reuse key 1 to activate it
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27 Feb 2010   #43
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

So each key is linked to particular hardware?
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27 Feb 2010   #44
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

once activated, its linked to your motherboard, unless you uninstall from the original machine,

in the example above: machine 1 has a hard drive failure, and you go out and buy a brand new pc to replace it, you can install key 1 back onto this new machine because you only have 1 pc running on this key
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27 Feb 2010   #45
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
once activated, its linked to your motherboard, unless you uninstall from the original machine,
So this is different to the 'normal' situation then? Normally, as far as I understand it, you can't 'uninstall' a Windows product key. Each key is linked to particular hardware, and if that hardware changes by too much, then a phone call to MS is required.
I don't see how you could 'uninstall'.
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27 Feb 2010   #46
tweetiepooh

Linux, Vista and soon Windows 7
 
 

If you have school age children then you can get special prices for MS Software.

Win 7 Ultimate 58
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27 Feb 2010   #47
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imacken View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
once activated, its linked to your motherboard, unless you uninstall from the original machine,
So this is different to the 'normal' situation then? Normally, as far as I understand it, you can't 'uninstall' a Windows product key. Each key is linked to particular hardware, and if that hardware changes by too much, then a phone call to MS is required.
I don't see how you could 'uninstall'.
sorry i didnt make myself clear there, that is actually what i meant, but MS define a "new computer" as a new motherboard, however if the key was no longer being used on said machine, you could reactivate it on a new one, with a call to MS,

OEM keys on the other hand, are tied to the machine for life and are non transferrable
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27 Feb 2010   #48
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I think it's a little more complex than just a new motherboard. Changes of HDDs can cause a new activation as well.
Anyway, you may be interested in this from a MS Technet forum:
'Each product key appears to be valid for upto 10 activations. You can use one product key on as many computers you yourself personally run. Technet product keys are not for use by other users, and are licensed solely for your own personal use. If, for example, you have a desktop at home, a desktop at the office, and a laptop that you use exclusively, then by rights (for testing purposes) you can install a copy of the software on all 3 of these machines using the same product key. Once you have exceeded the maximum activation count for a key, you will need to request another key to continue installing and activating your software.'
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27 Feb 2010   #49
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would not worry about the # of installs and activations that you are going to get. I can pretty much assure you that for your own personal use...you are not going to run out. I've never heard of instances were Technet users simply ran out of keys and activations with their subscriptions.
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27 Feb 2010   #50
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

OK. Thanks guys. I've officially stopped worrying!!!
Thanks for all your help.
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