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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by quakermaas View Post

I believe you can install the full retail on what ever you want, when you want.

It is the OEM Win7 software that you can buy cheaper that has the restriction of only one system.

You can put it on as many machines as you want - as long as only one of them is running at a time. You can't just put it on 20 machines at the same time. The other type you can only put on one machine and that's it - it's no good if that computer dies - you have to buy another copy.
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Magical Eskimo View Post

Yes you can, and you'll be fine changing mobo, or transferring to another PC. I've done it plenty of times

So I shouldn't worry... Just seems like I paid 200 for used software. That just doesn't sit well with me :/
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by MoPar Kid View Post

So I shouldn't worry... Just seems like I paid 200 for used software. That just doesn't sit well with me :/

I'd say there's nothing to worry about, but if it doesn't sit well with you by matter of principle, then that's perfectly fine, you can return it smile.gif
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post #14 of 21
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You can put it on as many machines as you want - as long as only one of them is running at a time. You can't just put it on 20 machines at the same time. The other type you can only put on one machine and that's it - it's no good if that computer dies - you have to buy another copy.

 

 

But I didn't say or imply to put it on 20 machines or even more than one at any given time.

I should have made that clear, just thought it was completely obvious 


Edited by quakermaas - 8/13/13 at 3:28am
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post #15 of 21
@OP If the discs are genuine then you don't have to worry about the random copies that could be out there. Why? Because on your legit disc on the inner ring is a serial code in small laser print. That code can be used to verify ownership of the CD key. Had to use that number a couple of times when clients had lost their keys but had their discs.

Just install and go and if you have an issue you have to contact MS but it doesn't take too long to get it sorted out.

EDIT -

I also saw that someone said you can put it on as many machines as you want as long as only one is running. This is NOT true. MS claims their bound to the motherboard and doesn't matter if only one machine is on or not. If it is installed to a machine then that machine is considered in use of the key whether it is powered or not. If this is an OEM copy then by law they were not allowed to sell you this copy without selling you hardware. Though that part of the law is ignored most times. OEM also binds to one machine.
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post #16 of 21
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How ?  Product key is inside the case.

pretty sure the EULA requires it to be affixed to the OUTSIDE of the case
post #17 of 21
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pretty sure the EULA requires it to be affixed to the OUTSIDE of the case

 

 

That might of been so with older versions of windows, but with my copy of windows 7 (retail box) the product key is stuck to the cardboard inlay and cannot be removed from it without tearing or damaging it(I have tried). It is not like the older XP product keys, that was printed on plastic with anti tamper cuts in the CoA sticker, the Win7 sticker is printed on paper.

 

Like this.

Pulled from interwebz, but my key looks the same

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post #18 of 21
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I also saw that someone said you can put it on as many machines as you want as long as only one is running. This is NOT true. MS claims their bound to the motherboard and doesn't matter if only one machine is on or not. If it is installed to a machine then that machine is considered in use of the key whether it is powered or not. If this is an OEM copy then by law they were not allowed to sell you this copy without selling you hardware. Though that part of the law is ignored most times. OEM also binds to one machine.

It is bound to the motherboard, but if you call they can switch it you just usually have to talk to a real person (scary I know), like if you have to RMA a board, or even replace a board.
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post #19 of 21
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But I didn't say or imply to put it on 20 machines or even more than one at any given time.
I should have made that clear, just thought it was completely obvious 

Yeah you did because now you've completely missed the fact that you can install either version on as many machines as you want if you don't register them.

Sorry pal, you lose.
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post #20 of 21
Just to clear things up for OP or others

Only one machine can be active at once per cd-key. Difference with OEM and Retail is the number or activations before you have to call up CS.

As long as you have the disk and the box with the cd-key then you can just call up and say that your motherboard broke or whatever and get your key active again.

Afaik OP if you can install it and it registers fine then you've got a legit copy that you can install as many times as you need
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