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Windows 7: Clarification

11 Feb 2013   #1
gnadman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Clarification

Which component of a "Dell System" constitutes it still being Dell. I replaced my dell mobo with a modified Gigabyte, modified to fit my "DELL" case. I asked for help on this forum and was told my installation was counterfeit becasue i used the gigabyte mobo on an installation of a "Dell Oem Win " all other components are the originals from DELL. So please moderator explain why you removed my help request or clarify.


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11 Feb 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As soon as you change the motherboard, it`s a Gigabyte board in a dell case. Technically not a dell anymore. Better then a Dell.

You can`t use a dell oem key on a gigabyte mb, it`s not legal.

You need to install a retail copy of windows.

The only thing original about a dell is the motherboard, and they are garbage.
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11 Feb 2013   #3
gnadman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So ANYTHING you change on an OEM system ie memory or soundcard means you cant use that windows anymore and try and get help from forum members and be told u are breaking the law ?
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11 Feb 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can change anything you want if you have a retail version of windows. If you were still using the dell mb, then you`d be fine.

And you can change any component you want on the original motherboard, but you removed the original motherboard.

Do you understand better now ?
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11 Feb 2013   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

With OEM there is no problem with changing RAM, graphics/sound card(s), drives. The motherboard is a different matter though (and I suspect that this covers the CPU as well).
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11 Feb 2013   #6
gnadman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thats what im gettin at is the OEM linked to the Motherboard because i dont want to buy another system an waste money on "there" disc when if it goes wrong im in the same position
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11 Feb 2013   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Your not using a dell mb anymore, why would you buy a dell disc ?

I told you, you have to buy a full retail version of Windows 7. Or, now here`s the tricky part, you can buy an upgrade version of windows 7 ( much cheaper ) if you have a qualifying version of xp or vista with key, not installed on any other machine.

And, Yes the oem dell key is linked to the dell mb. If you got an exact replacement mb for the dell case, your oem key would activate the original version of windows and your pc would be fully legal again.
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