Windows Vista Upgrade On Multiple Computers

by on November 17, 2007

Q: I purchased a copy of Windows Vista Upgrade at the store and I am wondering if I can install it on both my desktop computer and my notebook computer?

A: After some research I have some good and bad news for you. The bad news is that from January 2007 to June of 2007 Microsoft did have a family discount but you have missed out on that. The other bad news is that you cannot just install the Windows Vista Upgrade on both machines because there is a Product ID that you need to use to register the software and it will not let you install it twice.

In order to legally get the software on both machines you will need to get an additional license and you can do this by going to Microsoft’s additional license page. I point you here because if you are eligible then you will be able to get a Product ID for the same copy of Windows Vista that you just purchased for a little bit less than you would be able to at the store. This will allow you to install the Windows Vista Upgrade on your other computer.

To find out if you are eligible you will need to enter your Product ID number into the page and it will let you know if you are eligible and if you are it will allow you to purchase an additional serial number to use on your second computer. The second Product ID will be for the exact same software you have purchased. This means that if you purchased Windows Vista Home Upgrade then the second license will be for Windows Vista Home Upgrade, which means you need to install it on a computer that already has a version of Windows that can be upgraded to Windows Vista.