Quote: Originally Posted by Abhishek Ghosh
Actually its the hard disk. If you upgrade only the hard disk the OEM version cant be used
Exempt is Hard disk failure.
OEM version checks for :
BIOS ID of manufacturer --- Motherboard ID --- HDD ID --- OPTICAL DRIVE ID---Unknown factors >> Activates it offline.
For Lenovo (now) only:
Probable explanation for the fact if Ted and I have the same Lenovo laptop model, Ted can not use my disk (If they gave me the disk and Ted has lost his somehow and now needs to use it):
Also include special chip set to store a key. It is impossible to get that key.
The freedom of Retail version can not be simulated by OEM version. I format and clean install the partition at regular interval to get rid off the invalid reg keys of trial version softwares. Yes, OEM is pocket friendly and enough for a general user.
This is probably 2nd or 3rd time I am saying here, OEM softwares can not be sold by other than system manufactures. It is totally illegal and I posted the warnings about this from Microsoft in other previous posts.
Problem is virtually all types of Windows 7 licenses have some amount of FUD associated with them. Let me give some examples.
1) This system builder OEM. Now, it was earlier legal to use this on a PC an end user built, but somewhere sometime, MS changed a couple of lines. Unfortunately they did not tell their own MVPs about it. 100s of stores sell copies of this edition, if MS has the muscle to stop counterfeiting in China why doesnt it stop Newegg/Amazon and company from selling these?
See these. Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC? Don't ask Microsoft | ZDNet Is it legal to build a personal rig with Windows 7 OEM license? - general-discussion - windows-7
2) The Upgrade disks. When the upgrade version first came out (the student deal), there were endless debates on whether they would install on a blank disk. Eventually someone found a way, then MS declared its legal as long as one has an underlying OS but please note that there was confusion on this subject for a long, long time. Lots of folks put off buying this cheaper version because of that.
3) Anytime Upgrade- Do retail keys always work with WAU? nobody knows.
4) Are install dvds language specific? nobody knows for sure.
5) Technet and MSDN licenses. These are supposedly meant for IT evaluators and developers but anybody can buy a subscription without having to submit credentials they belong to either category.
Dont get me wrong, I dont condone piracy or any violation of EULA. But I think some things need to be set in order before we start telling people dont do this, dont do that. For MS also, tech support would get easier IMHO if they clear up such issues early in the product life cycle.