EDIT: This question is about the win7 box, not an OEM license.
Hi, I'm planning on getting windows 7 home basic for my machine. However, I'm also planning on building a PC in the next year or two.
Now, I've read around here that a single license can be installed on multiple computers, as long as you don't use it on two at the same time. Thing is: when I get the OS installed on the PC I'm gonna build, I'm gonna want to transfer a lot of stuff from one machine to the other. I'd like to do this through a local network, I don't have an external drive large enough to perform the transfer.
Since I'm gonna have the same license installed on both PCs, and since I'm gonna need them both running simultaneously for the transfer, I need to know how does the limitation actually work:
- Is it only a legal matter? (it would be wrong to use both at the same time)
- Is it also a windows update limitation? (once the second PC gets activated, the first one no longer has access to windows update)
- Is it a stronger limitation? (once the second PC gets ativated, the first one will detect it during boot and just stop working)
- Is it something else?
The first two options wouldn't be much of a problem, since I'm only gonna use the old one for a few hours. The third option, however, could mean a headache. I can't seem to find this information anywhere.
Thanks for the help.
EDIT2:There are a few different answers, and I'm not sure which one is correct. Has anyone tested it?
(Thanks to your feedback I've decided I'm either gonna transfer the HD itself to the new machine or set up a local network before activating the second machine. So my problem is solved. But I'd still like to know how this works, so I'll keep working on the post until it has an answer marked as correct.)
EDIT3: Answer accepted.