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Windows 7 License

by rmdial / August 5, 2010 1:00 AM PDT

In the olden days when you purchased a Microsoft OS you could load it on your PC and your laptop even though it said licensed for 1 System. Is it still the case for Win 7 or do I have to buy two copies?

Thanks in advance.


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What olden day was that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 1:12 AM PDT
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The OS never had such an agreement for the retail single computer packages.

I think you are thinking of Microsoft Office which has such a clause.

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Win 7 License
by rmdial / August 5, 2010 1:39 AM PDT

I have a homebuilt desktop and a HP Pavillion Notebook that came with Media Center installed. At some point I rebuilt my PC and loaded XP Pro on it and then later did a reformat on the notebook and decided to load XP on that also. When I called Microsoft for the code to load on the notebook I explained I was converting over to XP with a copy I had put on my PC and they said it was ok for one notebook and that was their policy. Maybe the phone tech was confused or charitable but he gave me a code and both machines have been running since on the same license for XP Pro. I get notified of all updates and it lets me load them on both machines. Hope this clarifies my post.

In my old age I do forget details but I think I remember this one ok.

Thanks again.


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That sounds like you got lucky
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 1:41 AM PDT
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And they issued another code. My advice is to not push your luck by announcing they goofed.

To recap. The OS that we get with the machine or in a retail pack has one license per machine. The Office software varies but many have more than one machine per license.


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To terryblount. Post deleted.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 6, 2010 9:41 PM PDT
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I deleted your post.

Sorry but we can't discuss methods to circumvent license restrictions in these forums.


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