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#1 Bill_in_Texas

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:29 AM

Can an individual buy an OEM copy of Windows 7.  Attempting my first build and quite a difference in price.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:08 PM

Yes. For Example

Home 64Bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

or http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I

or http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&CatId=4622

 

Pro 64Bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

or http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Professional-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0T0LU

or http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213934&CatId=4622

 

FWIW I only buy where they do the selling, Not an outside vendor from their site.

 

There You are Three vendors.

Also Quite often the small computer store also have the OEM version for sale.

 

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 02:25 PM

FWIW: An OEM copy of an OS is tied to the machine it is installed on and the hardware used to build it. If the machine is sold or given away the copy goes with it. However a Full Retail(read more expensive) version can be installed on any subsequent machine providing it is uninstalled from previous machine/s.

Just food for thought if you plan on keeping the OS through multiple machines.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:46 PM

My experience, and this may have changed lately, is that OEM versions of XP and W7 can be installed on different hardware after a 120 day waiting period from the last activation. If not directly, then through the phone activation process.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:13 PM

My experience, and this may have changed lately, is that OEM versions of XP and W7 can be installed on different hardware after a 120 day waiting period from the last activation. If not directly, then through the phone activation process.

 

You can change any hardware you want to at any time, except the motherboard or the hdd.  If you change the motherboard you will need to install the operating system on the hdd.   This is because each motherboard chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you change your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error.  You will have to reinstall the os and reactivate the operating system once this is done.  And obviously you would need to activate the operating system after it has been installed on another hdd.

 

OEM machines are shipped with the os activated by the manufacturer.  For this reason Microsoft may suggest that you go to the manufacturer to activate the os.

 

Animal's information is spot on, as usual.


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 06:53 PM

 

Thanks Roger.  I've been looking at newegg from the link you posted.

FWIW: An OEM copy of an OS is tied to the machine it is installed on and the hardware used to build it. If the machine is sold or given away the copy goes with it. However a Full Retail(read more expensive) version can be installed on any subsequent machine providing it is uninstalled from previous machine/s.

Just food for thought if you plan on keeping the OS through multiple machines.

 

I've still got the PC I had before the one I'm using now so they tend not to leave.

My experience, and this may have changed lately, is that OEM versions of XP and W7 can be installed on different hardware after a 120 day waiting period from the last activation. If not directly, then through the phone activation process.

 

 

 

My experience, and this may have changed lately, is that OEM versions of XP and W7 can be installed on different hardware after a 120 day waiting period from the last activation. If not directly, then through the phone activation process.

 

You can change any hardware you want to at any time, except the motherboard or the hdd.  If you change the motherboard you will need to install the operating system on the hdd.   This is because each motherboard chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you change your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error.  You will have to reinstall the os and reactivate the operating system once this is done.  And obviously you would need to activate the operating system after it has been installed on another hdd.

 

OEM machines are shipped with the os activated by the manufacturer.  For this reason Microsoft may suggest that you go to the manufacturer to activate the os.

 

Animal's information is spot on, as usual.

 

Many things I never knew, thank you both for the information.

 

I have been having a local company build for me since 2000 and have decided to do it myself this time.  I had to replace a HD last October and restored to almost where it was with my bi-weekly backup from Acronis so I think I'm ready.  My XP machine still works great but with the support ending next year I think it's time to move up.  Thanks again for the info and education.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:56 PM

Just some additional information: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/difference-between-oem-academic-full-versions/

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