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Windows 7: Windows 7 OEM installation

17 Oct 2012   #1
Jackman33

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 
Windows 7 OEM installation

I have a home assembled pc that I would like to upgrade to Win 7 from XP. I have found a OEM copy (new) that says it will install on a "refurbished" machine. Can I install that on my pc?

Thanks


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17 Oct 2012   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Found ? Do you mean purchased ?

Of course it should work. Do you have another hard drive to install it on , so as not to ruin your xp install ?
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17 Oct 2012   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jackman33 View Post
I have a home assembled pc that I would like to upgrade to Win 7 from XP. I have found a OEM copy (new) that says it will install on a "refurbished" machine. Can I install that on my pc?

Thanks
Depends.

If it's a System Builder type, it would work. (You aren't supposed to use a Windows 7 System Builder copy on a PC that isn't for resale. If you did, you'd be breaking the license agreement, along with many other people. There's no enforcement of the resale requirement, as far as I know.) If it's an OEM copy from a manufacturer, it may not.

Feeling lucky? I imagine that the price is low, but that you can't return it if it doesn't install.
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17 Oct 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

You should let us take a look at a link to the OEM copy you're considering if possible. Otherwise what exactly does it say on the package?
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18 Oct 2012   #5
Jackman33

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Found ? Do you mean purchased ?

Of course it should work. Do you have another hard drive to install it on , so as not to ruin your xp install ?
Of course I would be purchasing it! Not concerned if I used it on the original hard drive, I still have my full retail version of XP.
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18 Oct 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here are OEM versions that will work for certain. Watch out, the Windows7 versions are intermixed with Windows8 versions.

Newegg.com - windows7 oem
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18 Oct 2012   #7
Jackman33

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Here are OEM versions that will work for certain. Watch out, the Windows7 versions are intermixed with Windows8 versions.

Newegg.com - windows7 oem
Thanks for the information..................
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18 Oct 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome.
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18 Oct 2012   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's wrong, then isn't it.

Win8 only comes as oem - that is the same as full retail now.

Surprised they are the same price. Win7 is so much better than win8, it is a bargain.
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18 Oct 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Surprised they are the same price. Windows 7 is so much better than win8, it is a bargain
I would agree with you - but I am certain that there will be many people who will argue that. I myself have no plans for Windows8 - maybe one day when there is a decent affordable Win8 tablet.
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