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VISTA OEM - Will it work on other computers


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#1 papasmithnc

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:08 PM

Will an unregistered OEM copy of Windows Vista work on another computer? Seems I remember that the OEM software is sometimes designed to recognize hardware markers and not work if an attempt is made to put it on another computer other than the one it was sold with.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 04:47 AM

What exactly do you mean by "unregistered OEM copy of Windows Vista"?

Are you referring to the OEM version of Vista that can be purchased without the box or are you speaking of an OEM installation of Windows Vista that came with a new computer ( ie. hp, dell, etc. )?

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 06:51 AM

What exactly do you mean by "unregistered OEM copy of Windows Vista"?

Are you referring to the OEM version of Vista that can be purchased without the box or are you speaking of an OEM installation of Windows Vista that came with a new computer ( ie. hp, dell, etc. )?


This is the OEM disk that comes with a new computer.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 06:58 AM

Unfortunately, that disk is normally only of "use" to the original computer it was installed on.

It however can normally be used for "repair" purposes such as recovery console or to see if a computer will boot from CD.

If it is used for any other such purposes, you will be violating the Microsoft End User License Agreement.

In short, it is only licensed to the PC it was originally sold with and installed on.

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