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How to install your Windows license on more than one computer or laptop

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In general terms, the same Windows license can only be installed on a computer. This is clear in the terms of use of the Microsoft operating system, which blocks the copy of the software on a specific PC when entering the product key.

Microsoft is a company that basically develops software, which justifies that you want to make money at the expense of this. Apple offers it for free because it can offset the investment with sales in hardware.

Not any case, there are some options for those who want to install Windows 10 or Windows 7 on another computer. Then we will review your possibilities to avoid having to pay for each device you want to use Windows on.

Before proceeding, it seems important to make it clear that we advise against installing any copy of Windows that you can download online. You will be breaking the law and you may make your computer available to hackers and criminals

How to use the same Windows license if you have a physical copy

If you have a physical copy (DVD or CD) of Windows, instead of a digital copy like the ones that are now installed on the new PCs, it will be easier for you to use it on more than one computer. Actually, what you can do is pass the software from one PC to another.

Thus, you cannot have the same copy of Windows on several computers at the same time. The only exception is the familiar edition of Windows 7, which allows you to use the operating system on up to three different computers at once.

To transfer your copy of Windows from one PC to another, you must first uninstall it from the computer where you currently have it. Then, you can proceed to install it on another computer. That's right, you'll have to let Microsoft know first.

Do not worry: it is not a very complicated process. In Windows 7, you should go to the second computer, right click on Start and choose Properties from the drop-down menu. Then, click Activate Windows now.

In the new window, you will be presented with a menu in which you will find the option Use a telephone for activation. After choosing your country, click Next and they will give you a number to call to activate Windows 7 on your new computer.

Can you pass a copy of Windows 10 from one computer to another?

If you have a copy of Windows 10, the process of transferring the system from one PC to another is not the same, since in these cases a product key is not available. You can do so as long as you have purchased a physical copy or are updating Windows 7 or 8.

In this sense, it is not allowed to pass Windows 10 from one computer to another if it already came pre-installed on your computer or laptop when you bought it. If you still don't have your copy, you should buy it through the Microsoft website.

You should also know that you can install Windows on your computer without buying a license. Just do not activate it. Of course, you will have some limitations, such as not being able to change the wallpaper, but the operating system will work perfectly.

Windows operating systems

Linux

If you have an old computer, but you don't have a copy of Windows and you don't want to buy one, you have the possibility to switch to Linux. The software Linux has a good presentation and has improved a lot in recent years.

One of its most popular versions is Ubuntu, although more and more are betting on Linux Mint, with an interface more similar to Windows. The best thing about Linux is that it is free and allows you to perform basic tasks perfectly.

ChromeOS

Another option is ChromeOS. Google's operating system also opens up endless possibilities. Turning an old PC into a Chromecast is free and you can easily do it with a software kind CloudReady.