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Windows 7: Are There Any Drawbacks to Using a Branded Windows 7?

05 Jan 2012   #1
TomBrooklyn

Win 7 Pro
 
 
Are There Any Drawbacks to Using a Branded Windows 7?

Is there any disadvantage to using a branded Windows 7 operating system?


For instance, the this Win 7 Pro OEM OS made for Dell and sold by Trinity Software.


It's $89 compared to about $140 for a regular Win 7 Pro OEM version.


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05 Jan 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

That software should only be available from Dell. I don't think it's even legal for a 3rd party seller to sell Win7 factory OEM.

Unless you need specific added features in Pro, you can get Home Premium OEM for $99 right now at NewEgg and Amazon, and Family 3-pack Upgrade for not much more which is 3 licenses for life for less than the price of one.
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05 Jan 2012   #3
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Trinity software (nor any other retailer) sell branded media from another OEM - branded royalty OEM media is for purchase only with a new PC (and is either provided or sold as recovery or reinstallation media). What you see there, my friend, is illegal (see Microsoft v Comet for a recent example). You can purchase non-royalty Windows OEM copies from any valid retailer out there (non-branded) which are shrink-wrapped and hologrammed, and come with a CoA sticker, which are perfectly legal.

Don't do it.
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