Can you install windows 7 on 2 different computers?

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  1. whyapplewhy macrumors member

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    I am buying windows 7 upgrade with my student discount. Just wondering if I will have to buy 2 of them for 2 different computers or if It is possible to use the same CD on both of the computers?
     
  2. chrisrottan macrumors member

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    1 license = 1 computer
    Why don't you get another email and get another disk?
    I'd suggest getting the full version. I got mine yesterday directly from Microsoft.
    Call them and ask for Windows 7 Professional FULL 1.877.696.7786
    The upgrade is just an upgrade. Your serial won't work if you do a fresh install.
     
  3. whyapplewhy thread starter macrumors member

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    Not sure how I would get another university email.

    Can you install the full version on two different computers?

    I am not sure why they would give you Windows 7 full edition on the phone and not on the web, can you explain how you did it. Did they offer it to you, or did you talk them into it?
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The full version is ONE license for ONE computer.
     
  5. whyapplewhy thread starter macrumors member

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    that's what I figured, guess I will just hav to buy 2 then.
     
  6. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    Is your school part of MSDNAA?
    Just take a 1 credit hour computer science class so you can access MSDNAA and there you get free Windows XP, Vista and 7.
     
  7. robanga macrumors 68000

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    The family pack of Home Premium does give you 3 Licenses.
     
  8. whyapplewhy thread starter macrumors member

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    I looked on the website and indeed found my school on there. Any clue on how to register for this site.. will I need to contact my school? Also are these version full or upgrade versions, it doesn't really say.
     
  9. VenusianSky macrumors 65816

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    This is actually a pretty good deal if you can use it. 3 Home Premium upgrade licenses for $150.
     
  10. mousouchop macrumors 6502a

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    You can get the serial to work. Some people have reported their upgrade serial working the first try regardless of being a fresh install (Just waited to enter the serial in the Activate Windows app within the OS, post installation). Others said they were able to install Windows 7, then-- "Upgrade" it to Windows 7 and use their key.

    I personally used this guide: Read Tutorial Here
    to use my Upgrade key on my initial install of Windows 7. Worked like a charm. ^_^ Literally go to 1 file, change a 1 to a 0, put one two word line into terminal and then restart and enter serial. Was REALLY easy.
     
  11. donga macrumors 6502a

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    can you install windows 7 on one computer, then some how uninstall it, then reinstall on another computer? I'm thinking of getting a new comp soon...
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    Depends on the particular EULA of your license and the phase of the moon.

    Full retail licenses usually have a clause of "transfer rights" which allows you to remove and reinstall with automatic activation as long as it doesn't happen very often.

    If you have an OEM or otherwise restricted license, you don't have any such right explicitly granted in the EULA, and you may have to call Microsoft's phone number for assisted activation, but many have reported in being able to activate after moving a license that was thought to be not movable. They could however choose not to give you an activation code as you are asking for something above and beyond your EULA. (Hence the phase of the moon).

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  13. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Ethically? No.

    Technically? Yes.
    The online activation only works on one computer (every few months), but you can call up the free 1-800 number the failed activation gives you and activate it through the automated process.. IF that fails it takes you to a real person and just tell them you had to format... And you get activated.
     
  14. Nordichund macrumors 6502

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    I would contact those responsible for your school's IT service and ask them.

    At the college where I study the school is responsible for registering students into the MSDNAA. Once they give you your login and password you can download software susch as Windows 7 using the iso. You can also get TWO licenses for each application or OS, but you need to ask your admin for another license key. But it is all perfectly above board.
     
  15. balamw Moderator

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    And the family pack is gone in the US.

    http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/12/07/win7_family_pack/

    It's a shame to see that MS doesn't get that they would probably have even more buyers if they'd just make it easier/cheaper to buy/install. Sigh.

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  16. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Still available at my local Costco for CAD$179. Microsoft's pricing strategy was always confusing to me. I guess it must be since they are really competing against themselves most of the time.
     

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