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Windows 7: Questions regarding RTM activation

28 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
Questions regarding RTM activation

I just loaded Windows 7 Ultimate RTM 32bit and had a few questions.

How long do I have before I have to activate my product key?

How many times can I use my product key for future clean installs?

Thanks for any help provided.

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28 Sep 2009   #2


30 days to activate

As long as it is on the same motherboard - as many as you like.
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28 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

30 days plus a maximum of 3 30 day rearms for a total of 120 days before you have to use your product key to activate.

Assuming we are talking about a full retail key, you can use your product key for an unlimited number of future clean installs as long at the key is being used to activate only one installation of w7 at a time. Iows, you can't activate using that key on 3 different machines and have them all running at the same time.

Probably the above holds true for an upgrade key, but there might be a few more hoops involved, such as having a qualified OS installed on the machine you are installing to. (A previous activated W7 install would be a qualified OS.)

An OEM key is limited to one motherboard without a call to MS to explain why you should be allowed to install it on another MB.

After a certain number of reactivations within a limited time period, if any key fails to work, you might have to call Microsoft to explain the circumstances but that usually is not a problem.
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28 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Thanks for the information and for the quick responses.

Not sure how to close this thread, but maybe someone else can.
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28 Sep 2009   #5

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Hi, if you need to close a thread, just click the triangular sign to the right of your post, and report it as solved or closed.
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