Windows 7 license question.

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  1. Westside
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    So I got a single legal windows 7 professional CD key. From what I remember, a single key only works for one computer. My friend kept on insisting that it will be ok and legal if I were to install it on multiple computers like 3 to 4... is it true?
     
  2. Ben_j

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    no, if you want to update it (which is more than advised) you have to activate it, and you can't have several computers activated with the same key at the same time. So tell your friend to fuck off
     
  3. Lee79

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    What he said [​IMG]
     
  4. fishykipper

    fishykipper pkmn breeder

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    haha, i like the above responce!!
    probs shouldn't share the key though, you might get caught...but i doubt it!
    tell your friend to find a key of his own...you stick to the legit!
     
  5. da_head

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    just pirate the rest..
     
  6. playallday

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    Why risk banning a legal key? Just crack his copy.
     
  7. DQScott95

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    No it wont work
     
  8. CannonFoddr

    CannonFoddr Regular GBATemp Lurker

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    Actually it depends on your copy of Win7

    IIRC - you CAN buy versions of Win7 with multi licences - so perhaps that's what your friends is getting confused about. I believe it's called the 'Win 7 Family pack', & it has 3-licences
     
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    Microsoft no longer offers the Family Pack. [​IMG]
     
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    the Netherregions!
  11. Rayder

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    Just do a phone-in activation. They'll GIVE you a new key. Just lie to them about any other installs of that disk and tell them you had to reformat or upgraded your system or you had a hardware failure or whatever other BS story you can come up with. They won't hassle you about it at all. You'll be all set and no one gets in trouble for anything.
     
  12. CannonFoddr

    CannonFoddr Regular GBATemp Lurker

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    Amazon does (although it IS an upgrade pack)
     
  13. Panzer Tacticer

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    Ok you bought a legit copy, you did the nice guy thing. Bill loves you.

    Now my suggestion is if you desperately need it on other machines, just get the Windows 7 Ultimate activated serial included already download and stop trying to reinvent the wheel over this.

    I am told though that it is not out of line to install it on more than one machine in a single household.
     
  14. Originality

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    Attached to each licence (upon activation) is a complete list of Hardware IDs. Basically they know what your computer looks like (at least, the parts that make it up, like the CPU, RAM, MoBo, etc). They won't care at all if you change one or two things (say, switch CPU, or switch RAM), but they will care when they detect an entirely different system running an already used licence. That's when you get the warning that you may be the victim of counterfeit software and you should activate it with "genuine" windows. I.e. you have to call them up - the process is quick and straightforward.

    So basically, the only way you can use the same key on multiple computers is if you don't activate windows (namely, don't go online and get the various windows updates).

    You can crack your other computers or use fake serials, but that's illegal (not that anyone can stop you). You can fork a bit out and get the Family pack for multiple licences, but it's only slightly cheaper than just getting it off Amazon. You can just go and buy a licence for each comp, but that's expensive (at least, I think it is).

    An extra option is find someone who is a student at University. Students taking IT-related courses can get Win7 for free from their course advisor/convener. Anyone else has to fork out £30 for it (and more if they want a permanent download link and/or a DVD backup). If I recall, it's limited to one copy per person, and is done entirely through the student email account.

    What you do is up to you.
     
  15. BlackDave

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    I got Windows 7 for my old laptop through the upgrade program and another copy of WIN7 using my student account for $30

    I also have an Ultimate WIN7 cracked but that one I'm not even using it [​IMG]
     
  16. ~Assassination~

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    Ohhh. i should get off this thread becuase i get keys a different way...Tee Hee!