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Windows 7: Activated too many times.

17 May 2010   #11
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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I personally never activate Windows. I run in that 120 day period. Every 30 days I normally reinstall Windows on my computers. I do this to clean up the mess I usually make on my computers, so for me it is to my advantage to never activate. I do own licenses for each copy I only withhold inputting the serial keys. As far as I recall, it is legal to run Windows this way.

I never have to worry about activation limits or upgrading Hardware issues.
I know quite a many users who are doing it in your way. Regular re-installs keep the computer clean, that's true.

If the user has a valid license, it's IMO up to that user how and when to activate. However, EULA makes it quite clear that bypassing activation by re-installing or any other way is not allowed:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft Windows 7 EULA
4. MANDATORY ACTIVATION.

Activation associates the use of the software with a specific computer. During activation, the software will send information about the software and the computer to Microsoft. This information includes the version, language and product key of the software, the Internet protocol address of the computer, and information derived from the hardware configuration of the computer. For more information, see go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=104609.

By using the software, you consent to the transmission of this information. If properly licensed, you have the right to use the version of the software installed during the installation process up to the time permitted for activation. Unless the software is activated, you have no right to use the software after the time permitted for activation.

This is to prevent its unlicensed use. You are not permitted to bypass or circumvent activation. If the computer is connected to the Internet, the software may automatically connect to Microsoft for activation. You can also activate the software manually by Internet or telephone. If you do so, Internet and telephone service charges may apply. Some changes to your computer components or the software may require you to reactivate the software. The software will remind you to activate it until you do.
Of course, in reality Microsoft has no way to control this. But, as I said above, it is very clearly against the EULA.

Kari
I dont see how it is against the EULA, unless 30 days is mentioned somewhere in the body of the EULA (I confess I havent read the whole thing). All the EULA says is that the software can be used upto the time permitted for activation. In case of Win7, 120 days are allowed before activation becomes manadatory.

Quote:
Microsoft confirmed that "-rearm" can be used as many as three times by Windows 7 users to avoid activation. "This means [that] a total of 120 days total time is available as a grace period to customers that take advantage of -rearm," said a company spokeswoman.
Nor is extending the grace period a violation of the Windows 7 End User License Agreement (EULA), the spokeswoman said.
Source:

Windows 7 will run 120 days for free, Microsoft confirms - Computerworld


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17 May 2010   #12
bilzmale

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks again folks. Have emailed MS including my earlier posts about bsods. Let's see if they have a heart. Have read the OEM uela and can't find a reference to limiting the number of activations.

Will give them 48 hrs and then try a phone contact.

Bill
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17 May 2010   #13
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
I dont see how it is against the EULA, unless 30 days is mentioned somewhere in the body of the EULA (I confess I havent read the whole thing). All the EULA says is that the software can be used upto the time permitted for activation. In case of Win7, 120 days are allowed before activation becomes manadatory.

Quote:
Microsoft confirmed that "-rearm" can be used as many as three times by Windows 7 users to avoid activation. "This means [that] a total of 120 days total time is available as a grace period to customers that take advantage of -rearm," said a company spokeswoman.
Nor is extending the grace period a violation of the Windows 7 End User License Agreement (EULA), the spokeswoman said.
Source:

Windows 7 will run 120 days for free, Microsoft confirms - Computerworld
It's quite clearly against EULA. Nobody is talking about 30 days, as you said MS allows you to rearm it a couple of times.

But after that, paragraph 4 of EULA is quite clear, stating that you have no right to use the software after the time permitted for activation, which with re-arms is 120 days. The next sentence clarifies that: You are not permitted to bypass or circumvent activation.

In my opinion it could not be said more clearly.

Kari
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17 May 2010   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bilzmale View Post
Thanks again folks. Have emailed MS including my earlier posts about bsods. Let's see if they have a heart. Have read the OEM uela and can't find a reference to limiting the number of activations.

Will give them 48 hrs and then try a phone contact.

Bill
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Just one point here if this is a copy of windows supplied by the PC manufacturer the first contact point would be the manufacturer as the activation methods are different for the OEM versions
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17 May 2010   #15
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
I dont see how it is against the EULA, unless 30 days is mentioned somewhere in the body of the EULA (I confess I havent read the whole thing). All the EULA says is that the software can be used upto the time permitted for activation. In case of Win7, 120 days are allowed before activation becomes manadatory.

Quote:
Microsoft confirmed that "-rearm" can be used as many as three times by Windows 7 users to avoid activation. "This means [that] a total of 120 days total time is available as a grace period to customers that take advantage of -rearm," said a company spokeswoman.
Nor is extending the grace period a violation of the Windows 7 End User License Agreement (EULA), the spokeswoman said.

Source:

Windows 7 will run 120 days for free, Microsoft confirms - Computerworld
It's quite clearly against EULA. Nobody is talking about 30 days, as you said MS allows you to rearm it a couple of times.

But after that, paragraph 4 of EULA is quite clear, stating that you have no right to use the software after the time permitted for activation, which with re-arms is 120 days. The next sentence clarifies that: You are not permitted to bypass or circumvent activation.

In my opinion it could not be said more clearly.

Kari
OK, I thought you meant rearming is a violation of EULA.
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26 May 2010   #16
bilzmale

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

PROBLEM SOLVED: I rang MS and spoke to someone who connected me direct to phone activation support person. I read my 54 digit activation ID and they gave me a new 54 digit code to activate. Apparently will have to do this if any hardware upgrades in the future ask for reactivation (I plan a new MB and HDD).

I panicked a bit because the first on-screen option given when the activation did not work was to buy a new code. Phone support was their last option. Will know next time.
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