Okay I have 2 home computers I currently up graded hard drives on both computers each on had windows 7 on them.
My dads computer I installed win7 on new drive with no issues again.
As for my computer I did install win7 but I cant get full authorization. cause it thinks this is a new computer so I have a three or two left till I have to buy a new version it says, which no way I am doing cause I just got win7 a few months ago.
I did not just copy the new HD over cause I was told by a best buy staff its more trouble then its worth so just did a clean install.
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try to active windows 7 by phone.....just choose by phone when it tell u which options call the # and follow the instruction.
If you have no joy with the automated phone call try speaking to a real person, they have much more discretion as to allow the activation of Windows.
Guess the 'Best buy' was the retail version which can be transferred from one machine to another as you upgrade, whereas the OEM version is linked to one machine and has to stay with it... (Unless you get a friendly M'soft agent who'll let you get away with it on Phone Activation!)
Called up Microsoft and they said my copy of win 7 only works for 1 computer.
Which I think is bs cause I had win 7 running on both computers for over 2 months now and it did not say anything about activation not working. Till I got new hard drives for both computer.
The windows I got was $199 "home Premium at bestbuy I was told by a person there it would work on more the one computer.
Anyway this is what I am considering getting now for just my computer.
Microsoft's license agreement says one computer per key, so the agent you spoke with was not BS'ing you. Even if you got the Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack, that still applies. In that case, you would have gotten 3 keys, each usable on one computer, not 1 key you can use on 3 computers.
This is very simple....
1 key + 1 computer = LEGAL
1 key + 3 computers = ILLEGAL
BUY the other keys like we all have to do....
All the best Brett
Okay well thanks for clearing all. One last thing if I did get a OEM win7 could i still get it upgraded to win 8 when is released or am I just better off getting retail version of win 7?