24th March 2010, 12:34 #1
Has Anyone Tried This .. using same license for x86 & x64?
Having loaded Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit into a NEW computer that I built, I was wondering what to do with the 32 bit disc that I have leftover. Can I load that 32 bit into a DIFFERENT computer and use it? What does MS say about this? Will they allow it? Or, do I just have a new shiny drink coaster for the coffee table?
24th March 2010, 12:56 #2
I beleive If you only have one activation key you can only install one version.
24th March 2010, 14:09 #3
I don't know about anyone else but I have a Toshiba Laptop which came with Vista but I got the Windows 7 Upgrade disk free. I installed the 32bit Windows 7 and this past weekend I installed the 64bit Windows 7 from the same disk into vmware and it activated. I don't know if it has anything to do with it being the same machine....... but it did activate and I haven't had any trouble
(Wouldn't have even attempted to do it but needed to test one of my applications I wrote in a 64bit enviroment and had no choice)
24th March 2010, 14:52 #4
I beleive it is because it was the same machine.
I also think that even if it activates it is not legal to install copies on two different machines with one activation key.
I know it possible to do so and activate a lot of MS software after a period of time because MS expires the data on thier server, but that does make it legal.
24th March 2010, 15:55 #5
Runing in a virtual partition of the same machine will probably work because it is looking for the mobo id.
24th March 2010, 16:04 #6
Many people have loaded 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 on the same computer to see what applications they can and cant use ... but it should be just one product key for one operating system on just one computer.
24th March 2010, 16:56 #7
I won't tell if you don't tell.
26th March 2010, 18:05 #8
It is LEGAL to install only and only one either 32bit or 64bit version of Windows and can use the product key to activate on same machine.
Originally Posted by popps