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Windows 7: Upgrading Home Premium to New Computer

01 May 2014   #11
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

I bought the OEM Win 7 at a local computer shop because of the price. The original OS on the computer was pre Windows 2000, upgraded to W2000 then directly to Win 7 OEM.


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01 May 2014   #12
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobland View Post
I bought the OEM Win 7 at a local computer shop because of the price. The original OS on the computer was pre Windows 2000, upgraded to W2000 then directly to Win 7 OEM.
That sounds like a system builders license.

Something of a gray area as to whether home builders are allowed to use them, technically you are supposed to sell the system.

OEM System Builder Licensing

Either way, it is still an OEM and therefore tied to the first machine it was installed on.

I bought one for my computer because of the price too.
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01 May 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

I think they've given up on the System Builder requirement for good now since OEM is all that's available for Win7 unless they come to their senses and re-release Win7 Full and Upgrade versions.

If it says OEM there's little chance they will reactivate it on new hardware after so long a time. We hear that they will sometimes make exceptions but that doesn't sound like a candidate.

But you can try nonetheless and if not buy an $89 Home Premium key from Tiger Direct when the price dips there every few weeks. You have 30 days+ to activate.
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02 May 2014   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You are sooo right Jim
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03 May 2014   #15
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

Wasn't hard at all. Loaded the disc, let it do its thing. When it came time to enter the Product Key, it didn't like it but asked if I wanted to activate via phone. I did this. The only problem was me entering wrong numbers. When I finally got that right, I was completely and essentially easily activated.

I'm thinking that this is the new Microsoft paradigm, that is, allow Windows 7 HE OEM to be updated at will.

I just saved $100 and my wife's computer is up and running. Actually, her $250 upgrade is blowing the sockets off my i7-920 and I'm jelous as heck.
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03 May 2014   #16
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobland View Post

I just saved $100 and my wife's computer is up and running. Actually, her $250 upgrade is blowing the sockets off my i7-920 and I'm jelous as heck.
If you want to speed your PC up a lot, take that $100 and get a SSD. They are easy to install.
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03 May 2014   #17
Offa

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I remember the good old days, when you switched on your o/s was there, waiting for you to select your programme.
It went something like this :-

OK >
OK > CLOAD "NIM"

About 10 minutes later your block graphics game would be ready with on screen instructions.

All written in TRS BASIC the o/s and basic interpreter was written by some guy called W Gates..
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03 May 2014   #18
Offa

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Try installing it, if you have the key you should have no problems as you usually got a disc provided with old ide pc's.
But I thought they stopped using them with Windows 98
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03 May 2014   #19
gregrocker

 

Did you say that you activated an old OEM copy of Win7 that had been on another mobo via phone Activation?

Did you have to speak with an agent and what did they say exactly?

If you only traded numbers with them then it means they were allowing the hardware ID to be updated to new hardware. This may be new. I wonder if they plan to change the Win7 EULA?
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03 May 2014   #20
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

@greg,

I have done that all the time. Works all the time for me. Oem or upgrade. Talk to the robot, activation.

Didn't realize it was anything new...
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