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Windows 7: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit : OEM install over retail while preserving data?

12 Mar 2015   #11
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Your specs show a Custom Build, and seem to indicate it's a dual boot of Win 7 32 bit and Win 7 64 bit.
Is this the PC you installed the "retail trial" version on, and are asking about now ?

Or, is this a pre-built PC with an OEM sticker (license) on it ?
Or, is it a new Custom Build and you don't have a COA sticker or new purchased license ?
Or ... ?


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12 Mar 2015   #12
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Typhoon View Post
I've now been lead to understand that it is NOT possible to activate the retail installation with an OEM key, so apparently my only viable option is to buy a retail product, which of course costs a lot more than the OEM version (and I'm not exactly rolling in money so I need to take the cheapest route).

What? Who told you that you can't activate any Win7 you installed with an OEM Product Key?

Beginning with Vista, the retail and OEM installers are exactly the same.
So the install you did had absolutely nothing saying it is OEM until you activate it with an OEM key. Only then does it become OEM, just as if you activate it with a retail key it becomes full retail or upgrade version.

You can activate with a full retail, retail Builder's OEM, or if you have any previous XP or Vista on hand you qualify to activate with Upgrade version key even if the qualifying OS wasn't installed.

Unfortunately if you don't already have a license, the only ones available now are OEM so the idea that restrictions apply for OEM version that are still enforced is long gone. MS wants only OEM version installed now so that it dies with the mobo and cannot migrate, although they do make exceptions during reactivation to change between mobos from what I've heard.
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12 Mar 2015   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
What? Who told you that you can't activate any Win7 you installed with an OEM Product Key?
Greg, that was my bad. I was apparently not up-to-date. Sorry.
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12 Mar 2015   #14
gregrocker

 

That's OK, Wolfgang. I was only referring to his OP where he said he'd been told that elsewhere.

There's hardly a day in six years that I haven't had to clarify that. It is a deeply embedded belief due to XP: People think that there is an OEM installer just like we had to look for a separate OEM sku installer to reinstall XP factory OEM. But there are no such differences in Win7.
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12 Mar 2015   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, I am glad you clarified that. I removed the erroneous posting to avoid further confusion.
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12 Mar 2015   #16
gregrocker

 

No problem. We all have our specialties, and that is mine.
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13 Mar 2015   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows 7 has been out for years, why are you just figuring it out/installing it now ?

The iso that you downloaded from Digital River is not a Retail version.

Greg explains everything above.
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13 Mar 2015   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

The OP has another thread for this in the Updates and Activation forum:
Windows 7 activation, Retail, OEM licences
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