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Windows 7: Windows 7 64-bit OEM Version

09 Oct 2010   #1
AshleyAnne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Windows 7 64-bit OEM Version

Hi,

I have never upgraded a OS before. In the past I just went from one Desktop-PC to another but this time I quite like the specs of my machine and I don't want to go through the hassle of buying a Desktop-PC again. So anyway, my current machine has a Windows XP SP3 OEM operating system and I just bought a Windows 7 64-Bit OEM operating system. My question is, am I able to format my PC and get rid of that Windows XP OEM version and replace it with the Windows 7 64-bit OEM version?

And if I can do that, what will happen to my Windows XP OEM version? Will I be able to use it on a different desktop?

Thanks in advance,
Ashley


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09 Oct 2010   #2
derekimo

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Hi AshleyAnne,

Yes you will be able to do a format and install, here's a couple tutorials...

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Clean Install Windows 7

As for your XP, it is tied to that machine so it cannot be used on another one.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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09 Oct 2010   #3
AshleyAnne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks for the super quick reply. I just wasn't sure if the XP had locked onto my pc and therefore not let me install Windows 7 OEM version. It's sad that i'll lose that XP but at least I'll get the Windows 7 upgrade.

Thanks again.
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09 Oct 2010   #4
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

XP tends to be hit and miss as far as OEM keys go. Sometimes they work on a separate machine, sometimes they don't. I have had luck both ways.
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09 Oct 2010   #5
AshleyAnne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Well the thing is that I don't want to open the Windows 7 64-bit OEM box to try to install it but only to find out that I can't. Cause then I can't get a refund.

And now when I think about it I really should have researched this properly before I went ahead and bought it.
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09 Oct 2010   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AshleyAnne View Post
Hi,

I have never upgraded a OS before. In the past I just went from one Desktop-PC to another but this time I quite like the specs of my machine and I don't want to go through the hassle of buying a Desktop-PC again. So anyway, my current machine has a Windows XP SP3 OEM operating system and I just bought a Windows 7 64-Bit OEM operating system. My question is, am I able to format my PC and get rid of that Windows XP OEM version and replace it with the Windows 7 64-bit OEM version?

And if I can do that, what will happen to my Windows XP OEM version? Will I be able to use it on a different desktop?

Thanks in advance,
Ashley

Hi Ashley and welcome

OEM only works on that machine (or an identical one).

Yes you can format XP and install win 7 but have you run the upgrade adviser to make sure it will run win 7?

No you probably cant use the xp OEM on another machine and besides support for XP will be stopping soon so no newer drivers etc will become available.

Let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Ken J
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09 Oct 2010   #7
AshleyAnne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

No I haven't done the Upgrade Adviser. I might do that now before I try installing windows 7.
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09 Oct 2010   #8
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You can run this Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows

To see if windows 7 will run on your computer before you open the package.
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09 Oct 2010   #9
AshleyAnne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

thanks for the link, I'll do that now.
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09 Oct 2010   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AshleyAnne View Post
thanks for the link, I'll do that now.
You're welcome, good idea.
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