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Install Windows 7 OEM on existing computer


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#1 purplemon

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:17 AM

I'm using XP. Can I format my hard drive and install an OEM version of Windows 7 and register it? Is the only caveat that I won't be able to uninstall the WIn 7 OS and reinstall it on a new computer in the future? Thanks 



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

 

install an OEM version of Windows 7 and register it?

You can as long as you are the owner of the key number from Microsoft. M/Soft doesn't give a rat's posterior about the kind of OS, just who owns the license.

 

Note: I strongly suggest you run the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor before formatting:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20

 

 

I won't be able to uninstall the WIn 7 OS and reinstall it on a new computer in the future?

Not sure. I think it can be done, if I remember right I have done it for clients (since they are registered to the license) but I can't remember exactly.


Edited by ranchhand1, 01 April 2014 - 08:46 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 08:54 AM

If you have a valid license...for a MS OEM/System Builder version of Windows...that hasn't been installed on another system...you may install it on a given system.  Once installed on said system, the OEM license is non-transferable, by definition.  Retail licenses are transferable.

 

OEM versions of Windows that relate to a given system manufacturer (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.) can only be installed on the system to which the license applies.

 

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

Well, I got up off my lazy caboose and looked it up, now I remember why I was unclear. The rules are a bit relaxed, although you are technically correct. I was pretty sure I did it for a couple of clients and I didn't remember them having problems. Bottom line is that you are allowed to replace the motherboard (the basis of the computer) but it's a gray area. Here are the details:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/replacing-motherboard-on-system-running-oem/9aed1ae6-99f9-477a-940b-d8d9003f9246



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:30 AM

I see nothing "gray" about the EULA for OEM licenses.

 

I can't say that I'm convinced that the personnel charged with enforcing PA...adhere to the EULA interpretation in each and every instance...but I would not expect them to violate the terms of the EULA and official MS policies.  That's just setting yourself up for disappointment unnecessarily.

 

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