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Windows 7: Is a directly purchased copy of windows different from OEM legal use


27 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Is a directly purchased copy of windows different from OEM legal use

If I purchase a copy of windows from newegg and install it on a machine, i can reinstall that copy as many times and use it in between as i wish.

I cannot do this with OEM copies of windows?

Where does it state that they own the copy?

I only want Microsoft perspective on this situation not the opinion of others (people associated with OEM manufacturers are welcome to share their companies policy).


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27 Oct 2012   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

See here on MS answers, they've covered it as well as anyone could.

What's the difference between Windows 7 retail and OEM? - Microsoft Community
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27 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You post sound a little snippy, lets hope not.
OEM can be installed on one computer. It's married to it by all practical purposes.
Retail can be installed on many computers but only one at a time. If you install a Retail version on computer (A) and then decide you want it on computer (B) you have to remove it from computer (A) before installing it on computer (B).
We really don't own the operating system. We pay for the privilege of using the operating system under the terms and agreements with Microsoft.
I hope this helps.
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27 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You post sound a little snippy, lets hope not.
OEM can be installed on one computer. It's married to it by all practical purposes.
Retail can be installed on many computers but only one at a time. If you install a Retail version on computer (A) and then decide you want it on computer (B) you have to remove it from computer (A) before installing it on computer (B).
We really don't own the operating system. We pay for the privilege of using the operating system under the terms and agreements with Microsoft.
I hope this helps.
Say you had a laptop and a desktop, could you install on both but only be able to use it one at a time? Like only one computer turned on at a time?
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27 Oct 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hArLtRoN View Post
Say you had a laptop and a desktop, could you install on both but only be able to use it one at a time? Like only one computer turned on at a time?
No. Only one can be activated at a time.
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27 Oct 2012   #6

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

The activation is a bit smarter than that.
It will know it's being used from two different computers at the same time.
Even if they aren't both actually turned on at the same time.
They might even invalidate your key altogether were you to constantly jump back and forth like that.
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27 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I hope it specifies that in the Manufacturers agreements. When I activate my copy of windows the first time does any of the microsoft documentation specify this?

I meant if Computer A fails and I build computer B do I own the copy that I originally purchased through the OEM in order to install on Computer B

For that matter, can I take components from Computer A and rebuild them into a Computer C and install windows on that one.

I think its yes, as long as only one is operating at a time.
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27 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You own the cd/dvd you do not own the operating system that comes on it. Microsoft own the operating system lock stock and barrel. OEM cost less than Retail so we all have less privileges when using OEM. When we buy the privilege to use the OEM we have less privileges than those who pay more for the the privilege to use a Retail version. It's the same system but with less privileges. It sounds like you want the privileges of a Retail version but only want to pay OEM prices. Great idea but I don't think Microsoft agrees.
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27 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hArLtRoN View Post
Say you had a laptop and a desktop, could you install on both but only be able to use it one at a time? Like only one computer turned on at a time?
No. Only one can be activated at a time.
Thanks
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27 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Some very good information here.
Everything you need to know about Windows 7 license
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