Can I install my windows 7 on other PC?
I have a licensed copy of windows 7 and I have now a brand new PC. Can I install my licensed copy of W7 on this new PC? If yes, then how?
vixl2ds said:I have a licensed copy of windows 7 and I have now a brand new PC. Can I install my licensed copy of W7 on this new PC? If yes, then how?
That depends on exactly what version you have? Retail? Yes. OEM? It is tied to that original motherboard. Microsoft might allow reactivation with new hardware, but they are under no obligation to do so.
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Depends -- Is it a retail windows 7 or an OEM version ? If OEM has it already been installed on a system and activated ?
OEM versions of the OS are tied to the first MOBO they are installed on and can not be moved to another system unless the first system MOBO dies and is replaced with either an exact model or if exact replacement is not available a similar MOBO (ie. it can not be used o install the OS on a new system which is why MS sells it cheaper !)
Retail version can be moved freely from system to system but must only be installed on a single system at any time.
SO if it is a retail version the answer would be YES -- If OEM then NO unless you call and convince MS to give you a new activation code despite the fact that they shouldn't be ( ie. the activation reps are sometimes lenient and will activate the old license if you can convince them the change to a new system was necessary and the old license is not in use on the old system anymore)
vixl2ds said:Well, I have just the key, so it's OEM.
THen technically it can not be -- but that said it doesn't hurt to try and call MS during the phone activation process one of two things will happen --
1.) it will activate fine and the computer system will give you a valid response code to type in (happens sometimes if the old key has not been reactivated too often or in a long time )
2.) it will fail activation and you will be connected to an activation rep that will ask a few question : like is the license being used on more than one system. Depending on your answers and their mood they will either reactivate it for you or tell you that you need to purchase a new license
In either case there is a chance they will activate it for you so is worth a try and even if they do not you can use the system for 30 days without activating so have plenty of time to then order a new license if getting it reactivated fails so nothing to lose in trying !