I was thinking of buying Windows 7 Ultimate to be installed on an old computer. In due time, I will be giving this old computer away.
The question is:
- Will I have trouble transferring the Windows 7 Ultimate license to another PC?
- If yes, do I need to watch out for any issues?
- What exactly is Microsoft’s stance/policies towards license transfers?
- How many times can I transfer before it becomes illegal?
If you are purchasing a “retail copy” from a shop, you should not have any problems transferring it to another computer.
If you do run into a problem activating (which occasionally does happen) simply calling the Microsoft activation line (number given during the activation wizard) will allow you to activate it with a special code that you type in.
You can activate your license 2 or 3 times, so you should not have any issues. Worst case you will need to phone Microsoft to get the unlock key, but it is a fairly painless process, and I know in the States you can now even SMS them your code and they will send you back an unlock code.
If you are using a full retail license you will have no issues
An OEM ‘system builder’ license must stay with the computer it is first installed on. (I believe it links with the motherboard).
For a upgrade license, my understanding is that, if it is installed over an existing OEM install, you can’t transfer the ‘full’ license to another computer – only the ‘upgrade’ part. However this shouldn’t be a problem if the ‘underlying’ OS was a full retail copy to begin with.
If you have a retail box of Windows 7, you can install it up to 3 times. After 3 times, your Windows 7 dvd turns into a frisbee.