Retail Windows, how many installs can do?

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David32
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I'm looking to be able to buy Windows 7 Ultimate and having to install it on 4 separate computers in my home and only one of them to be a 64 bit installation. I got 2 desktops and 2 laptops, If I were to buy the retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate may I install it in 4 computers without having windows activation problems?

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Only one installation per computer I'm afraid otherwise you'll be getting "This copy of Windows isn't genuine" popups. For bulk licenses, check out the family pack for 3 copies of Home Premium.

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I thought that was OEM?

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The differene between OEM is you'll only get one disc (either 32bit or 64bit) not both like retail, less fancy cover with less packaging, a few hardware upgrade limitations, and you can't install on another computer if you decide to uninstall it. Both preform the same once installed.

 

Check this video out between OEM and retail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JiRRbeGMPw

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Ah bummer, so its pretty expensive to upgrade 4 PC's isn't it. How about those people that sell the key themselfs, are those legit? 

 

here's a site for example:

http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=6841766

 

or is it a scam, people selling key generated keys that are not authentic? 

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Of course it is s scam. Any keys that are not authentic, will eventually fail authentication. That is waste of money, and if you are giving them a credit card, etc, you are in a for a very unpleasant time.

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Oh okay, becuz I saw the same thing over on Ebay. People were actually leaving positive feedback for the seller selling Windows 7 keys them selfs.

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Retail- You can only install on one computer and if you want to install in on another, you have to uninstall it from the previous to deactivate the product key.

OEM- I use this, Great for system builders. This only installs on one machine ever :)

If you want more you need to buy it with multiple licenses which is quite costly

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Microsoft sometimes offers family licenses that allow for the OS and other products like Office to be installed onto 3 PCs at the same time. They cost a little bit more than 1 but are cheaper than 3 and are great if you want to upgrade multiple PCs at the same time.

Like this for example:

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Premium-Upgrade-Family/dp/B002MV2MG0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1277050295&sr=8-1

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You still need one copy per computer. Retail however allows you to upgrade crucial hardware (ex. CPU) without having to contact Microsoft about it.

Just get OEM.

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