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Windows 7: Re-using Genuine Windows 7 Product Key (OEM)


18 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 
Re-using Genuine Windows 7 Product Key (OEM)

Hi guys,

My ASUS N45SF originally came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Basic (no physical disc). If I understood correct, this is the OEM version, since it came with the Notebook.

I wanted a Professional version, so I bought a Windows 7 Professional w/ SP1 (single license) separately from the retail store. Here it is:


As you can see, it appears I have bought an OEM version ("For distribution only with a PC") as well from the retail store. I have reformatted my ASUS N45SF once to install this, so right now, I am using the genuine license of the Professional version I have separately bought.

1) If I understood correct, aren't OEMs supposed to be sold only to manufacturers? Why was I able to buy one from the retail store?

2) Now that I am using an OEM Professional (apparently not a "full retail" disc), will I still be able to reuse/activate its product key on the same machine should I have the need to reformat it in the future?


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18 Dec 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to the forum,

A lot of people buy OEM versions because they are cheaper.

Basically you don't get Microsoft support that would come with a retail license and it it only good on that first machine you installed it on.

So Yes you can reinstall on that same machine again if you need to.
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18 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Welcome to the forums kathy025!

As to your first question, honestly I don't know right off hand. As to your second question, yes.



(derekimo - we have to stop meeting like this!)
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18 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

1) Anyone can purchase OEM ( as stated you don`t get Microsoft support with it )

2) You can use the key again and again on the same machine. ( same motherboard )


http://www.newegg.com/Operating-Syst...ategory/ID-368

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/many-...oft-61744.html
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18 Dec 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Tips to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which are same for retail OEM.
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18 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Oh shoot guys, I was half-scammed.

I bought it, thinking I was buying the Retail License. So that's why it didn't come in the fancy blue packaging. Still, glad to know I can re-use the product key on the same machine.

3) Upon re-installation, do I have to undergo through online activation or phone activation?
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18 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Nope, just activate it as normal, don`t enter your key right away, always wait til you have windows how you want it, you have 30 days, so there`s no rush.

Retail costs a lot more then oem, as long as you got what you paid for, you weren`t scammed.

Didn`t you ask when you bought it ?
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18 Dec 2013   #8

Dual Boot: Windows 7 Pro & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Don't worry about no tech support from Microsoft. There is a better help desk team right here on seven forums.
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18 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mhansen1 View Post
Don't worry about no tech support from Microsoft. There is a better help desk team right here on seven forums.
I couldn`t have said it any better myself
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18 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Oh, I see. Thank you.

I'm just sad my OEM Professional is stuck to the machine I first activated it on and I won't be able to re-use it, should I upgrade to a new Notebook. Should have done my research first. If ever there's a next time, I'll make sure it's a Retail License. Hope someone else will learn from my experience.

Still thank you for the timely response and clarifications guys. It's still a relief to know the key is re-usable (on the same machine). I will post more should I have further questions.

P.S.
Nice people here indeed.

SUMMARY:
OEM
- Can only be re-installed on the SAME machine it was first activated on
- Usually comes pre-installed on the machine (but can also be bought separately)
- No official MS support
- Cheaper

Retail (single license)
- Can be re-installed on ANY ONE computer, as long as it is not activated on another machine
- Usually bought separately
- Full official MS support
- Expensive
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