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windows 7 license

Can I install windows 7 on my 2 machines legally or do i need to buy 2 copies?
I have a PC and laptop running winXP and I want W7
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PriceDCommented:
You will need to purchase a license for each PC
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PriceDCommented:
This is assuming you are purchasing a retial versio.
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joefreedomCommented:
I believe they discontinued the 'Family Pack' where it was my understanding that the license included with the media kit allowed for up to three installations on separate hardware platforms.

From what i've heard you MUST purchase a separate license (and apparently media kits) for each computer.  Many people confuse the idea that they have 2 licenses when purchasing a retail OS because in the past MS Office had allowed you to install on two computers.  The reasoning I believe is because MS calls their Office Suite 'Portable', it isn't uncommon for users to need to access their Office products from two locations.  However the OS is not an application per say, it is the platform required for other applications to run on top off.  Whew, I hope that made sense.

*on a side note...I personally haven't tried activating a second install using the same license/media kit, so who's to say.  But OFFICIALLY: you must purchase a lic for each instance.
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jagguyAuthor Commented:
to purchase 2 licenses I need to buy 2 retail copies?

might just hang on to winXP as it works and it is cheaper .
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joefreedomCommented:
Yes that is my understanding.  2 retail copies!
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joefreedomCommented:
I think I stand corrected...

You cannot purchase just a license for windows 7 Home Premium, I believe you can purchase licenses without media for Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate.  You would still need to purchase a full retail kit with media for one PC though in this situation.  I say this because it looks like retailers (such as CDW) will sell a media-less license kit.
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jagguyAuthor Commented:
then why pay $400 aud for a new OS when the current one works  winXP and I can have i copy  on 2 computers

And this is a good idea because......
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joefreedomCommented:
I'm with you there....

*I believe the same licensing model applies to XP, just because you can get away with installing it on multiple PC's doesn't technically make it legal.

**Not that I care if you did it, just stating what I believe is the "correct" response for the record.

***Maybe a second installation of 7 on separate hardware will activate successfully or with a 'quick' call to an MS rep?  I can't say, I haven't tried.
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jagguyAuthor Commented:

hi,
 I believe installing winxp on 2 computers you own IS LEGAL
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joefreedomCommented:
It is completely legal, but you have to own a volume license.

Your retail and OEM copies are not legal on multiple machines.

Just because you can install it on 7 computers and each time you reload call microsoft and say "yes" for the magical question: 'Is this the only computer this copy of XP is installed on?' to activate your installation doesn't make it legal.  Look around, ask others, its not legal.
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medpipesCommented:
Actually, what I have found is that XP can be installed on multiple PC's without any licensing issues as long as you wait 120 days between installs.   Does anyone know if the same works for Win 7 ?
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