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#1 Torn05

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:28 PM

So I know this guy, and he says that I need an OEM license to buy anything OEM, such as Windows 7. I'm think this is false, but I wanted some input from (other) people who know more and have more experience with this kind of thing than I do. I mean, you might need a license to sell it correct? He knows a lot more about computers than I do and that's the only reason I really question this. (I did a little research and from what I read the only catch is you don't get Microsoft support and that's not a problem.) Any information on this? Thanks.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:30 PM

You can buy the RETAIL Version of Windows 7, and it will work just fine.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:35 PM

I know I can buy the retail but it's like $80 more. Will OEM work?

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:39 PM

OEM will work, but it will be tied to your motherboard.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:40 PM

You can buy a OEM version, without a seperate license (windows 7 comes with its own OEM license) but, like cryptodan said it will be tied to your motherboard-if you upgrade your motherboard at any given point in time you will have to purchase another copy of windows.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:44 PM

I would scour the net and look at the following sites: http://www.royaldiscount.com and http://www.trustptice.com I have used both, and I trust those sites quite a bit. With Trust Price you get your Key via email before you get the Media.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 05:04 PM

Alright, thanks guys. This info helps a lot, but is there any way I can prove this before getting the OEM myself? I also knew the motherboard thing and I read that you can call Microsoft and tell them there was a problem and they will send you a new key. Do you think this would work by chance? Thanks.

Edited by Torn05, 24 February 2011 - 07:00 PM.


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Posted 24 February 2011 - 05:06 PM

Id rather spend the extra 80 on retail then having to deal with Microsoft Support.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 06:25 PM

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/win7/no-oem-for-you-windows-7-oem-packaging-is-not-for-individuals.aspx
what about this? I totally believe you guys but is there any solid proof I can show?

and this
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/is-it-ok-to-use-oem-windows-on-your-own-pc-dont-ask-microsoft/1561?tag=col1;post-1561

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 06:51 PM

What is it that you are actually wanting to prove?

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:02 PM

Well i wanted solid proof that it would work (for somebody else) but it isn't really needed now. I did some more digging and found it. Thanks for all the help!

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:06 PM

You can buy OEM of any Microsoft OS from many online retailers with no issue. It is tied to the motherboard and Microsoft can refuse to activate it. The true caveat to buying an OEM version is you are giving up all support from Microsoft as the OEM manufacturer (which in this case would be you) is to provide all support. Also for the windows 7 OEM versions ou have to choose between 64 bit or 32 bit as you only get one or the other. The retail gives you both.

I read those articles which are interesting if a bit disturbing. I also read the OEM system builders license. No where in there does it state that an individual cannot use the product. I also does not say that you must use the OPK it only states that if you are installing this on a PC to be distributed (which also means that you are not legally able to accept the license agreement for your client) then you must use the OPK.

So will it work....yes... however since it appears that Microsoft is changing it's stance on OEM versions it may not be legal.....
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:33 PM

Thank you Baltboy, this is the most detailed answer. However, they( my cousin and his father who knows a guy who can get me good/cheap parts) still don't believe me. I honestly think I'm going to buy the OEM Win7 from Newegg and get the rest of the parts from my cousin. Thank you all very much.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:11 PM

I put OEM versions of windows on nearly every computer I sell to customers, mainly cuz its cheaper and my customer base isnt known for constantly upgrading, and typically, I supply all their customer service.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:43 PM

The price is right...and you get both the 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/pd/productID.220510400/categoryID.50726100/list.true

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Premium-Upgrade-Family/dp/B002MV2MG0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299091166&sr=8-1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116775

Same item, the only advantage to using the MS store is that you don't have to wait those interminable few days :) for delivery. I waited :).

When introduced, these family packs cost $155, but they have been reintroduced for considerably less. Cost of one Win 7 system is less than $50.

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