The common question from most buyers of Windows 7 is whether they can install it on more than one PC? The other common question is whether they can transfer the software from one PC to another? To know the answers ,you might have to read through and understand the windows 7 licensing terms.
Here, we will take a look at those licensing terms which would provide answers for the above common questions.These licensing terms are the same across windows 7 products (Ultimate, Professional etc.) which you bought from a store as packaged software for end users or directly from Microsoft.
Windows 7 Installation and User Rights
- a. One Copy per Computer – You may install one copy of the software on one computer. 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.
- c. Number of Users – Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, only one user may use the software at a time.
- d. Alternative Versions – The software may include more than one version, such as 32-bit and 64-bit. You may install and use only one version at one time.
The answer to the first question is clear and straight forward. You can install windows 7 on only one PC. But can you install another copy of windows 7 on the same PC in a virtual environment? Here is what the license terms tell you, when it comes to virtualization.
Use with Virtualization Technologies – Instead of using the software directly on the licensed computer, you may install and use the software within only one virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed computer. When used in a virtualized environment, content protected by digital rights management technology, BitLocker or any full volume disk drive encryption technology may not be as secure as protected content in a non-virtualized environment. You should comply with all domestic and international laws that apply to such protected content.
Thus, you can install it in a virtual environment on the “licensed computer” instead of installing on it directly.But, YOU CANNOT install it directly on the licensed computer and again install a copy in a virtual environment on the same “licensed computer”.
Is it permissible for a windows 7 buyer to uninstall the software and install it on another PC? To find the answer for this question, you may have to take a look at the following licensing term for a retail full package windows 7 software i.e. software that you bought from a store as packaged software for end users or directly from microsoft.
You may transfer the software and install it on another computer for your use. That computer becomes the licensed computer. You may not do so to share this license between computers.
Thus, you can install it on another computer, but you shall uninstall it from the first computer.But this licensing term allowing you to transfer windows 7 from one PC to another applies only to retail full package product and NOT TO windows 7 OEM licenses i.e. licenses associated with windows 7 pre-installed on your computer.The retail packaged product is the most expensive and you can install it on any one computer at any time.
We earlier told you about who can use a Windows 7 upgrade license.Most existing users of windows xp or vista qualify for the upgrade license and it would be cheaper for them to buy a retail upgrade license than a retail full package product.