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post #11 of 22
Just tell them your old computer broke and you had to replace parts. They will ask how many computers you are installing this key on. Just say you're installing to one computer.

They will approve.
post #12 of 22
after you install windows and you try to activate it, it may say that it cannot activate it for whatever reason. It will give you a number to call. Call that number and you'll be connected to someone who will give you a couple cookie cutter questions. The key question is, "how many computers is this copy of windows installed on", you say "just one" and they'll give you a new key and all is well.
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post #13 of 22
You can install it on one computer.



but as long as the old computer doesnt have the windows any more. You can go ahead and reinstall it on your new one. Ive done this a lot, all you have to do is call microsoft for activation.
post #14 of 22
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So, basically I should not have a problem, esp. if it is retail. If it is OEM I will most likely have to call them. Either way unless I experience an issue when installing or when trying to verify the copy then I should have no problem. And I have no way of having them take off one of the activations when building a new machine and installing it on there. And I can reinstall the OS infinite times on the same machine as long as there are no significant hardware changes (i.e. MoBo). When I reach the activation limit I can tell them about a significant hardware change such as a repair/replacement and they should be able to hook me up. Also, one of the key answers being that I will only install this on one computer. You would think they would make this simple by letting you install it on any number of computers/activations as long as only one is active, but such is life and I am sure there are security reasons behind this.

And what is the best number I can call in case of such an event (seriously, that have either no number listed most of the time or too many that you will get bussed around to several people before getting the dept. you want). I assume also, that this is the better alternative to their chat support if that exists?

From what I gather they will fix this by giving me a new code. I assume at this point my old code is bad? I wonder why they just can't give you more activations with your current code? Either way problem solved, but if it is a retail version there should be a 10 install activation limit meaning one active computer at a time and I could essentially build 10 different computers and use it as long as it is one active computer. For instance I could not have the retail copy installed on two active computers.

This Microsoft FAQ Link was helpful as well, but it did not go into detail about activation limits from what I skimmed.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 1/5/11 at 7:51am
post #15 of 22
When you try to activate, it will give you the best number.
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post #16 of 22
just to clarify waht other people have said
retail can be installed on mutilple computers over its lifetime but only one at a time, you may have to phone MS to activate but its not a problem
OEM can be installed on one computer and that is it, you can reinstall many times but no transfer what so ever
post #17 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
just to clarify waht other people have said
retail can be installed on mutilple computers over its lifetime but only one at a time, you may have to phone MS to activate but its not a problem
OEM can be installed on one computer and that is it, you can reinstall many times but no transfer what so ever

It works for OEM too, I've done it.
post #18 of 22
Windows uses a point system and assigns the points to your hardware, when you go over a certain percentage while changing parts, it will ask you to reactivate.

If you purchased Win 7 Ult retail and it didn't come pre-installed then you have a copy that you can transfer to whatever new PC you want as many times as you want. Just try to activate it and if it doesn't work, use the telephone activation, they will ask you how many times it has been installed, tell them once, and they will give you a re-activation code.

They can't deny you reactivation as you are transfering the OS to different hardware, not installing along side a current installation.

I've actually had to talk one-on-one with someone over at the activation department. They tried to deny giving me a new activation code for my MAPS, to which I can use up to 50 office keys, and I had used the key 50 times, but it was only on ~25 machines. Soon as I explained it to someone who knew what I was talking about they shelled out a reactivation key for me.
 
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post #19 of 22
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It works for OEM too, I've done it.
while they will often let you activate with OEM it doesnt make it right
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I am tired of reading so many posts suggesting that you may install an OEM copy of a Windows OS on multiple computers and still retain a proper license. Just because you call up and ask for a license key and you are given one does NOT make it OK. Not getting caught is not the same thing as being allowed. The operators that are manning those phone lines do not have the training (or inclination) to determine if you are installing on a new machine or not. The license is clear; OEM = one machine only.

OEM licenses are cheaper for a reason, and it has very little to do with not having a box. It is cheaper because eventually you will need a new machine and will then have to buy another copy of the OS. So next time someone suggests that installing an OEM OS on a new (read: not the original) computer is OK; will get a Piracy Infraction.

Notes:
Minor hardware changes are permitted
A motherboard change is never minor
Hardware failure may not allow you to re-activate a license
This thread is about licensing not morality
MS will often allow you to re-activate even though they shouldn't, they have stated this will not protect you from prosecution
If you are upset about the licensing issues of OEM software complain to your system builder
http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
post #20 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
while they will often let you activate with OEM it doesnt make it right

http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html


but if Microsoft themselves allow it, why doesnt it make it right.


If they wanted to they could lock it down to one computer forever, but they dont so why is it not 'right'?
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