Windows 7 on two computers ?

  Drax. 19:57 11 Nov 2010

I installed windows 7 home premium 64bit on my pc can I use the 32bit CD that came with the 64bit and do a clean install on my netbook (windows 7 starter) and use the same product key ?

  BRYNIT 22:54 11 Nov 2010

Your Win7 can only be used on one computer.

  lotvic 23:49 11 Nov 2010

You cannot activate and validate the same W7 product key on 2 different pc's. Eventually one of them will flag up 'Your copy of Windows is not Genuine you may be a victim of piracy'
This is because the hardware (motherboard etc) is different and has generated a different hardware 'hash'. It is this hardware hash that the validation process checks.
(it is also illegal as against the EULA that you agree to when you install)

  lotvic 09:21 12 Nov 2010

Slight correction:
It is this hardware hash that the validation process checks against the product key to make sure that Product Key is only on one pc.

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