Windows 7 Installing same Windows 7 on different computer


New Member
Hi, I have a question regarding the installation of the Windows system on two different computers.
Here are more details:
I bought my laptop 3 years ago with Win 7 professional. The OS was already installed, so I didn't receive any disk. As I understand this is usually happens when retailer sells PCs and buys special version of Windows that he can install on multiple computers with the same product key. Am I correct?
So now I am buying another PC without OS at all and I am wondering if I can install the same Windows on that other PC. I don't have a disk but I created system image once I received the laptop.
So few questions:
1. How can I check if my version of Windows is retail version and if it can be installed on other PCs?
2. Can I install full Windows with system image?
3. Can I use that OS on additional computer and will it be genuine afterwards?

I intend to use both PCs.
Thanks, any advise will be appreciated.
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Essential Member
The bottom line is NO. A retail PC has an OEM version of the OS, which is tied to the PC/laptop permanently. You have to purchase the retail version of the OS and then it will only work on one PC at a time, but the retail version is transferable. Meaning you have to uninstall the OS on one PC and then install it on another PC with same product key code.


Extraordinary Member
Premium Supporter
I believe you can get another license for your Windows, but you have to pay for it. In terms of ideology, I don't see any hindrance that would stop Microsoft for selling as many licences as you want to buy. It's pure business. Companies have multiple licenses.
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