Retail key question

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Dolorous Edd, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    What happens if you accidentally activate a key on more than one computer? Any real world experience with this?

    I know MSDN retail keys are treated slightly differently but I am referring to standard retail keys.
     
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  2. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    When u run windows update on both computers, it will probably be blacklisted.
    My two cents...
     
  3. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    That is what I want to know, MSDN keys are different. You can use the key ten times and I don't think it matters if you use them concurrently however I want to know about retail full and upgrade keys. Do they kill both activations, just the one on the older activation?

    I doubt the blacklist the key because honest mistakes happen when people have multiple keys around the house. I think that after 10 activations on an individual key you have to activat over the phone or something like that.
     
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  4. bdearen

    bdearen MDL Junior Member

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    I have activated the same key 4x by internet the 5th time i had to phone in. A simple oh I upgraded my motherboard will bypass there questions as to the new hardware ID

    Different computers by the way.
     
  5. bdearen

    bdearen MDL Junior Member

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    ROFL I seriously hope you where being sarcastic
     
  6. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    :D sry bro, completely misinterpreted
     
  7. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    I'm using my retail home premium key on two computers.. let's see what happens..
     
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  8. urie

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    well done you have just black listed your own key:)
     
  9. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    let me know will ya ? :D:D

    :D:D:D
     
  10. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    Oh! if i won't update one of the system, 'll it be okay?
     
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  11. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    I really don't think anything will happen but that is what I am trying to find out.

    One person said he has it activated on 4 machines, be nice to get more input from people who have allready done this. Don't want someone to waste a key trying it if it won't work.
     
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  12. 22TKD

    22TKD MDL Novice

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    I think retail key not bad than MSDN key
     
  13. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    i don't think there is a difference between retail keys and msdn keys..
    they both are same.. infact, msdn keys are retail keys which is distributed through msdn channel..
     
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  14. thibault

    thibault MDL Novice

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    i used just one key to activate my office 2007.
    they say you can use the key only one time but i activated it multiple times without any problems, i even could update it!
     
  15. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    MS allows you to use a retail key on a different pc while the same key is already used on another pc. This way you can install you new pc before you format the old one and you can transfer the files and stuff whenever you want.
    So it's legal as long as you delete on of them after a while.
    But if you keep using the key on both pc's I guess nothing will happen though.
     
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  16. oxyblue80

    oxyblue80 MDL Novice

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    ya but i know for sure with my vista home premium retail key after an os reload a screen came up saying that 'this product key is already in use'.. but it fixed itself strangely enough, so i dunno.