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Windows 7: install using Upgrade DVD, but use OEM key


05 Jun 2010   #1

 
 
install using Upgrade DVD, but use OEM key

I am getting Windows 7 32-bits from TigerDirect because for some reason BCB does not work on the 64-bits version. I currently have an upgrade DVD for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits and I am wondering if I can just use that to install Windows 7 and then apply the key from the OEM disc? Or do I need to unlock my Upgrade ISO for all versions of Windows 7? This is for a brand new system that I am building.

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05 Jun 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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I would suggest that you do not use the key from the OEM disc. It is probably tied into a specific mfg.

In addition, if it did work, you would never be able to reinstall on another computer. OEM locks you to one computer. An upgrade ties you into one computer at a time.
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05 Jun 2010   #3

 
 

I am buying the OEM disc with the understanding that I cannot transfer Windows 7 to another computer since it is cheaper anyway heh. What do you mean that it is tied to a specific mfg? So do I have any other options since it seems like you don't know if it will work or not =/
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05 Jun 2010   #4

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Sorry, I misspoke. I was thinking of the scenario when the OS is preinstalled. That OEM key is usually locked into that mfg.

As far as using the OEM key, there are mixed opinions regarding the new EULA and your situation. Some feel that an OEM is not intended for single not resold computer.
So my conservative answer is that I do not know of any other options.

That being said, just wait, many others will come by, disagree with me, and give you available options.
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05 Jun 2010   #5
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Starting with Vista, OEM and retail use the same installer. It is the Product Key which determines which version will be activated.

If you want 32 bit, be sure to use your 32 bit installer. You can use either 32- or 64-bit with each license.

Unlock all versions using this tool so you can install the version your purchased: Ei.cfg Removal Utility Lets You Use Any Product Key With Your Windows 7 Disc

When you receive the key, it should work when inserted at Computer>Properties link. If it is an Upgrade version key, you'll need to run an Upgrade install from the new install in order to get it to take key.
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05 Jun 2010   #6

 
 

So I just need to run the ei.cfg removal utility on my Home Premium 64-bit upgrade image and I'll have an "all in one" installer for both x86 and x64 right? http://www.vista123.net/content/how-...s-7-single-dvd

I just want to make sure because that site did it differently.
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05 Jun 2010   #7
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No, the installers themselves are either 32 bit or 64 bit. The versions you can unlock are Home Premium, Basic, Ultimate, Pro, etc. But most installers are either 32 or 64 bit, not both.

The tutorial you have shows you how to create a combo 32/64 bit installer, but why bother if you have a 64 bit and are soon receiving a 32 bit.
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05 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

The installer is the disk.

Either x86 or x64.

Your key determines the flavor(version) or windows thats installed.
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05 Jun 2010   #9

 
 

Okay, so I guess I'll just use my upgrade cd for the installation and use the OEM key that I will be receiving instead of creating a universal DVD. Thanks =)
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05 Jun 2010   #10
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Are they both Home Premium?
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