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post #1 of 25
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Hi I am wanting to buy windows 7 home premium but there is only one thing concerning me. I have 3 computers in my house and I want to know if the key will let me install it on all 3 of them and activate fine with no problems.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...tid=20&subcat=

Thank you for the help in advance

Sorry forgot to add what happens if I upgrade pc will this affect my ability to install windows 7 properly and activate
post #2 of 25
You will need a key for each one. You cannot use the same key on muiltple computers. Upgrading windows 7 should work. I upgraded vista to windows 7 without an issue but it was the beta at that time.
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post #3 of 25
No you cannot buy 1 copy of Windows and install on 3 computers. And yes if you upgrade you might have to activate again.
    
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post #4 of 25
If you buy a licence copy of Windows 7 you will be able to install it onto 3 pc's, but if you buy the OEM aka systembuilder copy you are only allowed to install it on one pc.
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10 times with a retail key. If you are using an MSDN/Technet key that means 100 maximum reactivations with all 10 keys.
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Where do you guys get this info? Not doubting you, I just want to know, hehe. I couldn't find it when I looked a couple of weeks ago.

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post #7 of 25
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Hi just got a technet key does this mean I can install it on ten different pc's and activate it on all of them fine without any problems?
Got windows 7 ultimate

Thank you guys for the help so far
post #8 of 25
As many times as you want (no limits to swapping computers and such. It is good for 1 computer at a time though, otherwise you will need more licenses.

EDIT: They will activate fine on all 10 PC's, but they will not be properly licensed (meaning that Microsoft can see that the license is being used on 10 PC's at the same time, and that they have "options" (you can probably guess what they are legally allowed to do).
     
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I got a MSDN Student account..So that means I can use my Windows 7 x86 and x64's 10 times each? W/ one key??
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post #10 of 25
i don't get this

i bought Windows 7 Pro from microsoft, and i have it installed on my PC right now. say my PC crash, can i use the same CD/CD key to activate it on my next PC?
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