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Windows 7: Where to buy a non-OEM version of Win7 home premium SP1 64bit?

25 Jan 2016   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems - Newegg.com



If I buy this, is it going to be a physical CD or just a key? Is this whole "OEM" thing going to cause unforseen problems for me? Because, I just want to add that I'm building the PC mainly for gaming, including the latest ones like Fallout 4 and Witcher 3.
The reviews say it's a DVD and a Key. I'm assuming it's legit.

The only problem you may have is if you later change motherboards and then have activation issues on the new motherboard.


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25 Jan 2016   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Sold and shipped by Newegg it is legit
But still a OEM.
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25 Jan 2016   #13
SIW2

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The only problem you may have is if you later change motherboards and then have activation issues on the new motherboard.
If you change mobo, you can ring MS on the toll free activation line, and they will activate for you.
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25 Jan 2016   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It will be a dvd and should be in a plastic jewel case or cardboard case and should have, I say should have a COA with the key, or the key will be written/stamped on the packaging.

Don`t ever loose it, put it in the PC when you`re done installing windows.

I still don`t understand what you`re going on about OEM for, there is no such thing as non oem, all oem means is that it was installed by the manufacturer.

OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer ( like the door that gets installed on a car by Ford ) when you need a new door you can get an oem door from Ford or a copy made by some other company.

A Retail disc (you can`t find anymore)

And an OEM Disc are the same exact thing, they both contain the Windows 7 install files, that`s it, there is no difference between them physically.

The only difference between Retail and OEM is.

With Retail you get 365 days of support from Microsoft (who needs it) and you can move and activate a retail key from 1 PC to another, as long as it`s only used on 1 PC at a time.

With OEM, you get support from the PC manufacturer, and the key is tied to the life of that PC/Motherboard.

That`s it, nothing more, Zilch, Finnito, Notta
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26 Jan 2016   #15
dannyk90

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's odd, I have used keys from stickers in that website before.

Also that's very expensive that link, I have bought one for 20 before which was just a key but for 10 more you can get the dvd too.

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26 Jan 2016   #16
Layback Bear

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You can not just buy a legal Windows 7 key.

Microsoft sells all COA keys with the Microsoft (software) DVD only.

If one finds a site just selling COA keys they will not be legal COA keys.

***Twario, what exactly do you mean by non OEM?

From a expert:

Can buy Windows key without media.

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There are NO legal sales of Keys for Windows other than with accompanying software - if you buy from this shop it will almost certainly turn out to be a counterfeit copy. Most such sales will work for a limited period, until the number of activations exceeds the limit, at which time MS will Block the Key from further activations and all current installs will become flagged as non-genuine.
If you've already made a purchase and installed the product I recommend that you visit the Windows 7 Genuine forum and read the Announcements and stickies there - and post an MGADiag report to have the key checked.
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26 Jan 2016   #17
Twario

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP-1
 
 

@Layback Bear
I edited the OP, I ended up buying Win7 professional from newegg. As for OEM, the reason I was concerned because when I looked it up, the general consensus was that "OEM = bad" or "OEM isn't for the end user". Now though it seems relatively harmless after being informed, and apparently it's the only legal option currently. I ended up not buying the one from the original amazon link I had, because that looked a little fishy. I'm pretty sure what I ended up buying last night instead was legit, I don't think Newegg would be selling counterfeit copies. There might've been cheaper options if I looked hard enough, but I'd rather get it from a trusted site like newegg than some shady seller I've never heard of.
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26 Jan 2016   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Excellent choice

It would be nice if you gave some feedback after you receive the package, what it comes in exactly, whether it comes with a COA etc.

Not 1 reviewer gives details on Newegg.
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26 Jan 2016   #19
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

What's to feedback it's sold and shipped by Newegg it's good to go
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26 Jan 2016   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The 2 questions I asked

I know what mine looks like and came with a COA, just curious to know what they are still selling, how it`s packaged etc.
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