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installing oem windows 7 on a different computer?


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#1 md92h

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:09 AM

Hi everyone. i have installed and activated windows 7 home pre on a laptop. i was wondering is it possible to install it on a different computer and activate it? i no longer want it on my laptop because it's x86 and i want to upgrade memory to 8 GB. so is there anyway i can use that windows on another computer?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:08 AM

As far as I know that is not possible with a OEM version of windows, maybe if you properly delete it on the origional one first, but I would rather wait on some other insights on this topic before acting.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:00 AM

OEM licenses are non transferable. It is possible technically but it wouldn't be legal.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:41 AM

tanx. so OEM versions can't be transfered but how about original one's? because my brother has a retail copy and i was thinking maybe i can use his. he used it for more than 5 months and he wants to sell his computer but he doesn't want to give away the license.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:58 AM

Yes, retail copies can be transfered.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:11 AM

tanx everyone for the answers

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:14 PM

tanx. so OEM versions can't be transfered but how about original one's? because my brother has a retail copy and i was thinking maybe i can use his. he used it for more than 5 months and he wants to sell his computer but he doesn't want to give away the license.


Keep in mind that legally he must remove the Windows from the computer he sells if he doesn't want to supply the License (product Key) and disk with the computer when he sells it.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:46 PM

Just a note...the "OEM" version of Windows cannot be installed on anything else.

Win 7 is not like XP, where a "system builder/OEM version" existed, which could be uninstalled and then used on another system.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/how-exactly-does-windows-7-retail-vs-oem/fae7b2ab-c530-45e6-aeb3-cc55cf7b9231

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