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Windows 7: OEM or Retail

24 Apr 2013   #11
x BlueRobot

 

Retail key is more expensive, however, you can use the DVD again on another computer to clean install Windows 7. With a OEM (System Builder to be more precise) once the key has been activated and installed the computer, then the key is tied with that motherboard and the DVD can't be used again on a different computer.


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24 Apr 2013   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

[QUOTE=ShaneCurtis;2376123]@AddRam Thanks for pointing at this post and while it is very helpful and well done it does NOT solve my problem. I already have Win 7 installed.

Well, that`s not what you said in your post.
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24 Apr 2013   #13
ShaneCurtis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I understand that and it would not be an issue I already have Win 7 on my desktop and this copy would be used solely for the laptop downgrade
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24 Apr 2013   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What are you trying to downgrade ? A laptop ? Give me a clue

Like I said if you`re downgrading a laptop with W8 you don`t have to buy anything.

Why are you even bringing up a desktop ?
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24 Apr 2013   #15
ShaneCurtis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

@AddRam, yes it is exactly what I said. My post had NOTHING to do with installing Windows 7. I asked for clarification on the differences between OEM and Retail. I further stated that my issue was problems activating windows and problems using Anytime Upgrade keys. Nowhere in my post did I ask how to downgrade. Try actually reading the post next time instead of jumping right in thinking that you got the answer nobody else thought of.
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24 Apr 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

Unfortunately MS hasn't seen the light to allow unsatisfied buyers of Win8 to downgrade for free unless they own Professional version. So you'll have to buy a key. I would buy retail so it can migrate perpetuallly, and Upgrade since you qualify and get the same price break as for restrictive OEM.

You're entitled to use Win7 Upgrade version since you say you bought a retail copy of XP at one point, which qualifies to use Win7 Upgrade version - even if the qualifying OS isn't installed first.

So to activate insert a Home Premium Upgrade key at the activation link at Computer>Properties.

If it errors wrong version due to Upgrade, do the quick registry edit in Option Three in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version, but it should allow Upgrade version key if there was an OS seen by the installer on the HD when you booted to install Win7. The workaround is normally only needed on a wiped or new HD.
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24 Apr 2013   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ShaneCurtis View Post
Hey Guys,

Need some clarification. I'm trying to do a downgrade on my Asus laptop from Win 8 to Win 7. Will a store bought OEM version work or not. I need a CD and key that doesn't care what kind of machine it's being installed on. The last version of Windows I bought in store was XP. If someone could please clairify which version of the product I need to accomplish what I'm trying to do I would appreciate it.
OK then you reread your post and tell me what it says in the 2nd sentence.

I gave you the tutorial so you wouldn`t have to buy anything, but you do what you want.
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24 Apr 2013   #18
ShaneCurtis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

@Greg I am having a bit of trouble understanding your post. Are you saying that because I own a legit copy of Win XP that I should be able to use an Anytime Upgrade Key to install Windows 7? I have working Anytime Upgrade keys for Win 7 Pro and Ultimate. Have tried using them to activate before and it doesn't work. I'm confused... Sorry to be a pain, please clarify.
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24 Apr 2013   #19
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

ShaneCurtis

I believe Gregrocker means you could purchase a Windows 7 Upgrade retail box not a full version edition cause you have XP .

How do you have keys but no discs ?
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24 Apr 2013   #20
ShaneCurtis

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have discs too keys are not working.
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