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Windows 7: OEM Blues - do I need to buy a new copy of Windows 7?

09 Oct 2010   #1
steiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
OEM Blues - do I need to buy a new copy of Windows 7?

Hi all,

I've come to this forum after reading some of the loveliest support posts I've ever seen on the internet. Hopefully you'll be as nice to me!

I bought a copy of Windows 7 the other day, mailorder. When it turned up it was OEM, which I wasn't quite expecting, but I thought 'hey ho' and installed it anyway.

A couple of days later my machine developed some unrelated hardware problems sufficiently serious that I now need to get a new PC (details too boring to include).

Having read about OEM it seems that I'm really not allowed to put it on an entirely new PC. This raises the prospect of paying quite a lot for about two days use of Windows 7, and the prospect of paying for it all over again next week. This is making me sad

Does anyone know how I can beg my case to Microsoft? Or whether I'm likely to succeed if I try?

Any insight very much appreciated.

thanks,

Steiny


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09 Oct 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Begging should do the trick, tell them what you just told us.
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09 Oct 2010   #3
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Just use this method Activate Windows 7 by Phone and explain to them that it was only on there two days.
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09 Oct 2010   #4
steiny

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've just tried this with the UK support number, but the person I was speaking to clearly had no training whatsoever except that required to type in an activation number. Have you any idea how to escalate it to someone who might be able to help more?

thanks,

Steiny
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09 Oct 2010   #5
mrobjo

 
 

When you buy your new pc its probably going to have windows 7 pre-installed,but still a shame you just spent money on a copy of windows 7.
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09 Oct 2010   #6
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

An OEM certificate is always tied in to the mobo [ how I dont know] so Microsoft will not be very supportive to you wanting to put an OEM copy on another machine , They will expect you to pay for a retail copy !
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09 Oct 2010   #7
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steiny View Post
Hi all,

I've come to this forum after reading some of the loveliest support posts I've ever seen on the internet. Hopefully you'll be as nice to me!

I bought a copy of Windows 7 the other day, mailorder. When it turned up it was OEM, which I wasn't quite expecting, but I thought 'hey ho' and installed it anyway.

A couple of days later my machine developed some unrelated hardware problems sufficiently serious that I now need to get a new PC (details too boring to include).

Having read about OEM it seems that I'm really not allowed to put it on an entirely new PC. This raises the prospect of paying quite a lot for about two days use of Windows 7, and the prospect of paying for it all over again next week. This is making me sad

Does anyone know how I can beg my case to Microsoft? Or whether I'm likely to succeed if I try?

Any insight very much appreciated.

thanks,

Steiny

Steiny,


If your problems were severe enough to warrant a new purchase you wont be running it on the other one. If that is the case then you can install the OEM on this one.


Ken J
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09 Oct 2010   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

If you buy a new PC, it will probably have Win 7 on it. Check out the PC's before you buy a new copy of Win 7.
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09 Oct 2010   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steiny View Post
I've just tried this with the UK support number, but the person I was speaking to clearly had no training whatsoever except that required to type in an activation number. Have you any idea how to escalate it to someone who might be able to help more?

thanks,

Steiny

Did you activate the 2 day copy already ?
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09 Oct 2010   #10
James Colbert

 
 

Hypothetical: If I were in this dilemma, would it not resolve the OEM problem if I were to buy identical HW? Of course, being a technophile, certainly I'd want to improve my system with better HW, but for the sake of argument...


James
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