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Windows 7: OEM Discs for system techies

27 Jan 2014   #1
snadge

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
OEM Discs for system techies

I work for a company that fixes laptops and computers, sometimes we run into issues where we could do with a Windows (XP,Vista,7,8,8.1) OEM disc...for example when factory restore partitions dont work or other issue..

will ANY OEM disc work on any system as long as the Windows version (and 32/64 bit) is matched and the COA stickers code entered on the under-side of laptop? if so, could I download these OEM versions and burn them to disk? do Microsoft offer downloads of these images?

one of the services we offer is "install of software"...we've had a few people want windows 7/8 upgrades/downgrades but we've had to refuse because we don't sell windows in the shop? but couldn't we sell them the license and use an OEM disc for the install? or install the OS on the advice the customer activates it and give them the price (and instructions) before they take out the upgrade with us?

any advice would be great

thanks


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27 Jan 2014   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by snadge View Post

one of the services we offer is "install of software"...we've had a few people want windows 7/8 upgrades/downgrades but we've had to refuse because we don't sell windows in the shop? but couldn't we sell them the license and use an OEM disc for the install? or install the OS on the advice the customer activates it and give them the price (and instructions) before they take out the upgrade with us?

any advice would be great

thanks
Any OEM of the same version of Win 7 is identical. == How can you sell them a license when you don't have any to sell? If you install an OS for the customer, how is he going to get the license? I know I won't go into a shop and have them install an OS and have to leave and worry about finding a license somewhere else. Not a good deal. == I think you better stick to "computer repair".
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27 Jan 2014   #3
snadge

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

what about OEM of other versions of windows?

what I meant was explain how much it is and how to purchase and activate the license themselves from within the new install....which you can do
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27 Jan 2014   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

As long as you are using the customers COA sticker as you say:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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27 Jan 2014   #5
snadge

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
As long as you are using the customers COA sticker as you say:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
thanks for your reply

the links for the Win7 DVD downloads on that page are labelled as RTM....which is not OEM?

also... is it possible to make a multi-boot USB stick? sure ive had software before that lets you choose what too boot from the stick - therefore one could put all versions of windows (ISO) on a stick and just use the one stick....of course not all systems allow boot from USB
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27 Jan 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I think the download ISO in the tutorial is what you want. I'm not sure if the OEM/Retail discs are basically the same. As to the rest this probably does what you are looking for:
Make ISO from DVD/Change to univeral install make USB
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27 Jan 2014   #7
snadge

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

thanks again

although Im busy using YUMI too make a MULTI-BOOTABLE USB stick which has all the ISO's on for XP through to 8 32/64 (and other system tech tools like Hirens etc) ...just download the ISO's and run YUMI... my 32Gb stick may not be enough though - there are some versions of windows on the web that has all versions...such as 32-in-1 etc but I can not risk using those on customers computers...it would save on disk space usage on the USB stick though...I would have one ISO per windows xp, vista, 7, 8, 8.1

also RTM and OEM are not the same... RTM has limited activations and comes in box with manual and MS support... OEM is manufacturer/system builder version and DVD only comes in slip with code and no support from MS and is much cheap, OEM and RTM will have different activations codes and therefore a customers OEM code will not work on a RTM version of windows
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27 Jan 2014   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
customers OEM code will not work on a RTM version of windows
It will if it is from the coa sticker.

That is for installation dvd.


If you are talking about recovery discs supplied by the oem, they can be different.
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27 Jan 2014   #9
snadge

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I was under the impression that OEM and RTM (and VL) were under different licensing and therefore a COA on a customers computer (sticker with code on) would not work on an RTM version of windows because the Windows installed on the laptop was an OEM version and not RTM?
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27 Jan 2014   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The MS dvd's are the same, doesn't matter if it says oem or retail. ( unless they are recovery discs supplied by the oem, which include all kinds of strange things).

Greg has posted a tut Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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