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Need to Install Windows 7 - Buy OEM or Retail?


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

Hi, everybody,

 

The nonprofit organization I work for received a donation of some used PC's with Windows XP. I've been tasked with upgrading them to Windows 7 (we don't want Windows 8+ on them at this point; these are decent pre-used computers but we don't expect them to last more than 5 years). I'm a little unclear as to whether I can buy and use the OEM or not, and what the pros and cons of that would be. Since the difference in price between the OEM and the Retail is $200+, I'd definitely like to go with the OEM if I can. Any recommendations?

 

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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:29 PM

Are these computers still running?


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

Yes, they are running. They work fine.

 

I have not actually personally seen them yet. They're currently in another office, which I'll be going to on Monday and will meet with the admin there to talk about what she needs installed. I do know that she wants Windows 7.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:40 PM

I would suggest running the Windows 7 upgrade advisor on these computer to be sure they are going to be compatible with Windows 7.

 

How many of these computers do you have?

 

Are these computers all going to be used in one organization?


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:41 PM

We have three that we're going to upgrade.

 

Yes, I'm planning to run the adviser when I get to them. I just want to have an idea of possible expense. The more I look, the harder it seems to find retail copies of Windows 7 anyway.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:58 PM

There are retail versions out there.  But you are looking at about $100. per copy for a real retail copy.

 

Did you have a preference for a specific version, and did you want the 32-bit or 64-bit operating system?


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:59 PM

I have to find out if these PC's are 32-bit or 64-bit before I decide.

 

Where are you finding the retail version for $100? All I can find is on Amazon for $350. Do you have another source? I checked TigerDirect and they only have the OEM version.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:09 PM

The nonprofit organization I work for received a donation of some used PC's with Windows XP. I've been tasked with upgrading them to Windows 7 (we don't want Windows 8+ on them at this point; these are decent pre-used computers but we don't expect them to last more than 5 years). I'm a little unclear as to whether I can buy and use the OEM or not, and what the pros and cons of that would be. Since the difference in price between the OEM and the Retail is $200+, I'd definitely like to go with the OEM if I can. Any recommendations?

 

Legally the OEM version can only be sold with new hardware for example a new motherboard.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:11 PM

 

The nonprofit organization I work for received a donation of some used PC's with Windows XP. I've been tasked with upgrading them to Windows 7 (we don't want Windows 8+ on them at this point; these are decent pre-used computers but we don't expect them to last more than 5 years). I'm a little unclear as to whether I can buy and use the OEM or not, and what the pros and cons of that would be. Since the difference in price between the OEM and the Retail is $200+, I'd definitely like to go with the OEM if I can. Any recommendations?

 

Legally the OEM version can only be sold with new hardware for example a new motherboard.

 

That's already been taken into consideration.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:12 PM

Thanks! I'll check into this and talk to her on Monday and see what she wants to do. I appreciate the help!!


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:14 PM

This is not an upgrade, so you can use either the 32-bit or 64-bit.  With the 32-bit you are limited to 3GB of RAM, with Windows 7 it is nice to be able to add more RAM if you are going to be using this for resource intense programs.

 

Check out Walmart.


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:16 PM

That's great. Thank you!


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:51 AM

 

The nonprofit organization I work for received a donation of some used PC's with Windows XP. I've been tasked with upgrading them to Windows 7 (we don't want Windows 8+ on them at this point; these are decent pre-used computers but we don't expect them to last more than 5 years). I'm a little unclear as to whether I can buy and use the OEM or not, and what the pros and cons of that would be. Since the difference in price between the OEM and the Retail is $200+, I'd definitely like to go with the OEM if I can. Any recommendations?

 

Legally the OEM version can only be sold with new hardware for example a new motherboard.

 

 

That depends on where you live. In Europe (EU) you can legally buy and sell Windows OEM versions without any connection to hardware.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 09:11 AM

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SleepyDude posted the following.

 

Legally the OEM version can only be sod with new hardware for example a new motherboard.

 

You posted the following.

 

 

That depends on where you live. In Europe (EU) you can legally buy and sell Windows OEM versions without any connection to hardware.

 

There is no question about it, you can purchase OEM Windows operating systems all day long, everyday.  SleepyDude's point is correct as far as it goes.  The following is how Microsoft views this subject.

 

OEM system builder software packs are intended for PC and server manufacturers or assemblers ONLY. They are not intended for distribution to end users. Unless the end user is actually assembling his/her own PC, in which case, that end user is considered a system builder as well.

 

This means that legally a OEM operating system can't be used to upgrade a computer from say Windows XP to Windows 7.  It must be used in a new build.


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 09:41 AM

 

This means that legally a OEM operating system can't be used to upgrade a computer from say Windows XP to Windows 7.  It must be used in a new build.

 

Exactly, Microsoft also accepts this when replacing a bad motherboard for example. I know there are lots of stores that simply don't respect this Microsoft rule...

 

I think in terms of cost and legality the Get Genuine Kit is probably more appropriated for the OP case.


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