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I bought a single license for oem windows 7 64 bit a year ago, but just recently built a new computer (my second). I installed it on my new computer and it worked fine. I'm wondering if I should buy a new license and install it before I turn my old computer on. I moved my old computer to another location so that I could play games there.

also this is my first post and i hope it is in the right place

thanks in advance
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post #2 of 11
No you need a separate license for each computer. It will work but once you turn the other computer on it will give you an activation error
    
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i had originally assumed this but a friend of mine told me that i should not have been able to install it the second time in the first place, so I figured id ask a higher power
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In this instance, you need a new license.
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If it let you install it a second time without saying your key was invalid then you shouldn't have a problem.
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Retail = alowed to run multiple computers but only one at a time
OEM = one computer for life
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once it connects to the internet, it will want your blood, or money, or your first born.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GlockZoR IV View Post
once it connects to the internet, it will want your blood, or money, or your first born.


You could buy a license on its own though it will be a lot cheaper.
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post #9 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
Retail = alowed to run multiple computers but only one at a time
OEM = one computer for life
I have installed 1 oem copy on 2 machines... weird. if i turn the other one on at the same time can I fix the problem (I want to see if the activation system glitched)
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by BFRD View Post
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
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