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Windows 7: How many times can I install windows 7 home premium

23 Oct 2009   #21
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

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23 Oct 2009   #22
Mike B

Dual boot to Vista and Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Dubya 7 installed just fine. I never really learned Vista, so now I have two OSs to learn.
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25 Oct 2009   #23
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
The CD/DVD does not know the difference, albeit when you attempt to activate Win 7 the Microsoft activation computer does. You have 30 days from installation to activate your copy, and once it is activated it is tied to that computer through Microsoft's activation system. You can reinstall the the OS, and activate up to three times after that you will be presented with an activation screen and a phone number to call for reactivation. This also goes along with replacement of specific parts (memory, HDD, etc.), again it is the same as the fore mentioned. Hope this helps.

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On my first install of the OEM, will I have to call MS to get an activation key?
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25 Oct 2009   #24
Mike B

Dual boot to Vista and Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The key is on the label on the outside of the disk box.

For a clean install, check out this tutorial: Clean Install Windows 7

And pay attention of the Automatically Activate Windows check box. Uncheck it. You will not have to call MS.
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08 Nov 2012   #25
Lengo

Win XP retail SP3
 
 

So, let me get this right. Lets say you have Win 7 pro installed on a mainboard, and your mainboard dies and you can't uninstall it. Then you can't reinstall it on a new rig that you built yourself. Is that correct or not?
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08 Nov 2012   #26
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lengo View Post
So, let me get this right. Lets say you have Win 7 pro installed on a mainboard, and your mainboard dies and you can't uninstall it. Then you can't reinstall it on a new rig that you built yourself. Is that correct or not?
If you have an OEM version of Windows 7, you may have trouble activating on a new motherboard. If the new motherboard is the same make and model as the old one, you are more likely to have success. You may have to talk to MS on the phone and plead your case. An OEM license is supposedly restricted to the original motherboard, but we repeatedly hear that MS has some leeway on this in case of a motherboard failure.

If you have a non-OEM version of Windows 7, you can install on any replacement motherboard. You don't have to worry about the issue at all.

For both OEM and non-OEM, the general rule is: one license for one system. You can't use the same Product Key on multiple installations simultaneously.
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10 Feb 2014   #27
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
The CD/DVD does not know the difference, albeit when you attempt to activate Win 7 the Microsoft activation computer does. You have 30 days from installation to activate your copy, and once it is activated it is tied to that computer through Microsoft's activation system. You can reinstall the the OS, and activate up to three times after that you will be presented with an activation screen and a phone number to call for reactivation. This also goes along with replacement of specific parts (memory, HDD, etc.), again it is the same as the fore mentioned. Hope this helps.

Enjoy and Welcome to the Seven Forums.
If I install Windows 7 retail on the same PC and motherboard, could I do it as many times as I want with the same product key? It better be, some programs that I've installed keep crashing whenever I attempt to launch them, and right now, I think reinstalling Windows is my best option. I've been having problems since the past few weeks.
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10 Feb 2014   #28
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you can re install it to your hearts content

Something to think about..... Why is your OS is getting messed up
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14 Feb 2014   #29
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I don't know, stuff happens, that's what technology is. What I've been trying to do over the past few weeks is trying to make Windows XP Mode work. I tried many things, uninstalling and reinstalling XP Mode and Virtual PC, installing certain programs step by step, and even perform a clean reinstall of Windows with a lengthy process of reinstalling updates and drivers; and so far, it's still not working. I've checked that Virtualization is on, meets the hardware requirements, and this silly message keeps popping up at the end of a 10-minute first-time setup saying that it has failed in doing so. Guess I'll have to wait the 3 months or so and try again by that time to see what happens.
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14 Feb 2014   #30
jimroad471

win 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

did you enable virtual pc and xp mode in your Programs and Features? i have xp mode on my dell that does work but not blazingly fast. also xp mode support will stop along with xp os
jim
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