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Windows 7: Win7 install limits?

30 Jul 2009   #1
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 
Win7 install limits?

I currently have Vista64 and have pre-ordered Win7 pro upgrade now I also am planning a new PC build either around the Win7 release time OR I might see what the hardware industry has up it's sleeve for the beginning of next year. After lots of reading I am hearing about 32nm CPU's and vid cards in that range also and of course the Intel i9 series and so on...big changes coming soon and it might be best for me to wait a little bit before sinking $$ into a build in 2-3 months.

With that being said and here is my real question...will I be able to upgrade my current Vista machine when W7 arrives in the mail and then use the same copy/key/license to install on my new build when I eventually do it? Basically how many times can I install W7 on a totally different PC? I think 3 has been the limit with XP and Vista and that would actually be great and I would not have any issues. If there is a limit of just 1 machine then I won't upgrade my current machine to it and I will just hold onto it till my new build is up and ready. Thanks in advance.


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30 Jul 2009   #2
kstrike155

Windows 7 x64 Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edilee012 View Post
I currently have Vista64 and have pre-ordered Win7 pro upgrade now I also am planning a new PC build either around the Win7 release time OR I might see what the hardware industry has up it's sleeve for the beginning of next year. After lots of reading I am hearing about 32nm CPU's and vid cards in that range also and of course the Intel i9 series and so on...big changes coming soon and it might be best for me to wait a little bit before sinking $$ into a build in 2-3 months.

With that being said and here is my real question...will I be able to upgrade my current Vista machine when W7 arrives in the mail and then use the same copy/key/license to install on my new build when I eventually do it? Basically how many times can I install W7 on a totally different PC? I think 3 has been the limit with XP and Vista and that would actually be great and I would not have any issues. If there is a limit of just 1 machine then I won't upgrade my current machine to it and I will just hold onto it till my new build is up and ready. Thanks in advance.
You can install as many times as you like, but only ONE computer may be activated at a time per license. If it rejects your activation when installing on the new build, call the 1-800 number it gives you and speak to a Microsoft rep. Tell them you built a new computer and have removed your copy of 7 from the old one. They will ask if you have Windows 7 installed on any other machines. Be sure to tell them NO. They will give you a new activation key if it comes to this.

Remember, you cannot have the same license on multiple PCs!!!

Brian
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31 Jul 2009   #3
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

How do they know when I have more PCs activated I mean what keeps me from lying to them? Of course I would tell them "no, I have not installed it anywhere else". But do they physically check it with update function or so?

that whole activation thing just pisses the honest costumer off. When one uses a pirated version there is no hassle, you only have hassle if you pay for it. If they in addition to not hassling honest costumers would reduce the price for consumers to the levels the PC manufacturers pay there would be much less piracy.

As a student I pay $ 77 for vista ulimate (and expect a similar price for W7 ultimate). that is fair and I rather pay than hassling through pirating. I also think MS this time delivers a good product for the $. But would I pay $300 for the regular version? Hell no... Especially when I know Dell only pays $ 50 or so.
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31 Jul 2009   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im sure when you purchase as many copies as Dell does, MS will give you a break too, in the mean time save up your sheckles boyo!
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31 Jul 2009   #5
kstrike155

Windows 7 x64 Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
How do they know when I have more PCs activated I mean what keeps me from lying to them? Of course I would tell them "no, I have not installed it anywhere else". But do they physically check it with update function or so?
It is Microsoft's policy to take your word for it and not call you a liar. Take that how you will.
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