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...has already been installed onto another computer?

i built my computer last year, and installed win7 home premium, and i now have another computer that i have to put win7 onto, but i dont have the new win7 box here with me.

so can i install it using my old cd, and later, register it with another serial key? or will it not let me finish the install??
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It will certainly let you finish the install, and will probably allow you to activate it with the original key without issue, even if the OS is still functioning on the first system.

This is still against the terms of the EULA however.
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It will let you install it, but you might have issues activating it. You can run Windows 7 for 30 days without activating it though.

The installation media generally doesn't matter, so you can (I've done it MAY TIMES before) install Windows 7 from a disc that I have open, and just use the key from an unopened copy of Windows 7. I do that all the time in my office when I have to do a reinstall. I keep the machines copy of Windows 7 "shrink wrapped" and use use another CD to install the software, but just enter the easily visible key on the shrink wrapped copy of Windows.
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I think OEM DVDs are the exception to all this though. You can only do the above with a retail disc
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