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  • Question

  • Will my windows pro 7 oem key allow me to install on my desktop as well as my laptop?
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:44 PM

Answers

  • No.  A single Windows 7 license can only be installed and activated on just one (1) computer.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 2, 2011 10:19 PM
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:08 PM
    Moderator
  • No.  You may be thinking of retail copies of Office.  You may install a retail copy of Office once on your primary computer and once on your portable device as long as both are not being used at the same time.  Retail copies of Windows have never allowed such a thing.  However even OEM copies of Office do NOT permit any such second installation.  No Microsoft OEM product does.

    The pertinent quote from the Windows 7 OEM End User License Agreement is,

    2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
    a. One Copy per Computer. The software license is permanently assigned to the computer with which the software is distributed. That computer is the “licensed computer.”
    b. Licensed Computer. You may use the software on up to two processors on the licensed computer at one time. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, you may not use the software on any other computer.

    The same part of the Retail Office EULA reads,

    2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
    a. One Copy per Device. You may install one copy of the software on one
    device. That device is the “licensed device.”
    b. Licensed Device. You may only use one copy of the software on the
    licensed device at a time.
    c. Portable Device. You may install another copy of the software on a
    portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:37 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • No.  A single Windows 7 license can only be installed and activated on just one (1) computer.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, November 2, 2011 10:19 PM
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:08 PM
    Moderator
  • No.  You may be thinking of retail copies of Office.  You may install a retail copy of Office once on your primary computer and once on your portable device as long as both are not being used at the same time.  Retail copies of Windows have never allowed such a thing.  However even OEM copies of Office do NOT permit any such second installation.  No Microsoft OEM product does.

    The pertinent quote from the Windows 7 OEM End User License Agreement is,

    2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
    a. One Copy per Computer. The software license is permanently assigned to the computer with which the software is distributed. That computer is the “licensed computer.”
    b. Licensed Computer. You may use the software on up to two processors on the licensed computer at one time. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, you may not use the software on any other computer.

    The same part of the Retail Office EULA reads,

    2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
    a. One Copy per Device. You may install one copy of the software on one
    device. That device is the “licensed device.”
    b. Licensed Device. You may only use one copy of the software on the
    licensed device at a time.
    c. Portable Device. You may install another copy of the software on a
    portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:37 PM
    Answerer