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Windows 7: Is My Windows 7 Home Premium OEM, Or Not?

18 Feb 2011   #1
flybeech

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Is My Windows 7 Home Premium OEM, Or Not?

I bought my daughter an Asus Eee PC that was equipped with Windows 7 Starter (OEM). Shortly after she got the netbook, I performed an Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Is the upgraded copy of Windows 7 Home Premium still an OEM copy that remains tied to the motherboard, or not?


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18 Feb 2011   #2
zigzag3143

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flybeech View Post
I bought my daughter an Asus Eee PC that was equipped with Windows 7 Starter (OEM). Shortly after she got the netbook, I performed an Anytime Upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Is the upgraded copy of Windows 7 Home Premium still an OEM copy that remains tied to the motherboard, or not?
Where did you get the upgrade and how much did it cost? Those will be pretty good indicators. If not we can check the version
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18 Feb 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

On the bottom of this page ( Control Panel\System and Security\System ) is the Product Id. Does it say OEM in there?
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18 Feb 2011   #4
flybeech

Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade 64 bit
 
 

I bought the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade from the Microsoft store and I believe it was about $80.
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18 Feb 2011   #5
Kari

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
On the bottom of this page ( Control Panel\System and Security\System ) is the Product Id. Does it say OEM in there?
Here:

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18 Feb 2011   #6
flybeech

Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
On the bottom of this page ( Control Panel\System and Security\System ) is the Product Id. Does it say OEM in there?
Here:

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Ahhh! OK. Thanx. She's away at school, so next time she calls, I'll ask her to look there to see if "OEM" appears, or not. I was hoping someone here has already upgraded an OEM copy of Starter to something else and already knew whether the cursed OEM license remains, or if the upgrade does away with the dreaded OEM status.
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18 Feb 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why is the OEM status dreaded. There is nothing wrong with it, except that you call the OEM in case of problems in lieu of MS.
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18 Feb 2011   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flybeech View Post
I was hoping someone here has already upgraded an OEM copy of Starter to something else and already knew whether the cursed OEM license remains, or if the upgrade does away with the dreaded OEM status.
I'm unsure why you have such a problem with the OEM version. It's what all mfg's use and it saves you money on the initial purchase of the machine. Sure, you cannot move it to another computer, but you also didn't pay very much for the copy of Windows 7 Starter when you bought the machine.
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18 Feb 2011   #9
flybeech

Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flybeech View Post
I was hoping someone here has already upgraded an OEM copy of Starter to something else and already knew whether the cursed OEM license remains, or if the upgrade does away with the dreaded OEM status.
I'm unsure why you have such a problem with the OEM version. It's what all mfg's use and it saves you money on the initial purchase of the machine. Sure, you cannot move it to another computer, but you also didn't pay very much for the copy of Windows 7 Starter when you bought the machine.
I dunno. Maybe it's just an obsession. I've thrown away enough Windows licenses when the motherboard died and also, I just like to change motherboards more often than Microsoft releases new versions. I have three computers that have Windows upgrade licenses that trace back to Windows 3.1. Since the early 90's, I've upgraded Windows from 3.1 to Win95, to Win 98, to XP, skipping Vista and finally Windows 7. Unless I take the shortcut, I've got to Install XP upgrade, which makes me insert my Win 98SE disk before I can finally install Windows 7. Crazy, huh?
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18 Feb 2011   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you are upgrading and building this much for personal use, sounds like you should invest in a Technet subscription to me. Well worth it's price.
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