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11 Feb 2012   #1
silverstormz

windows 7 home premium
 
 
Windows 7 oem

Hey guys i was wondering windows 7 oem version if i were to replace my motherboard in the feature would it make me pay again or will this one be useable no mater what parts i upgrade?
thanks -stormz


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11 Feb 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

OEM's are "tied" specifically to the hardware of your current system. If you were to replace your motherboard, Windows would recognise itself as not being validated. You can only overcome this by installing a retail retail version of Windows.

Regards,
Golden
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11 Feb 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Depends, if you have a valid reason (e.g. because the mobo died) and you just replace what you had before, MS will probably revalidate your license. If you rebuild the whole system to upgraded specs, the chances are slim.
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11 Feb 2012   #4
silverstormz

windows 7 home premium
 
 

How would i come by a retail retail version of Windows.
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11 Feb 2012   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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11 Feb 2012   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

For the boxed version
From MS US Home Premium = US$200
MS Australia = Au$299 = US$320
MS UK = 150 pound = US$235

Interesting.
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12 Feb 2012   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Check out the real store prices before buying from MS - in the UK there are significant discounts available of up to 20%. In the US, there's very little discounting. I have no idea what sort of discounts are available in Oz.
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12 Feb 2012   #8
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Depends, if you have a valid reason (e.g. because the mobo died) and you just replace what you had before, MS will probably revalidate your license. If you rebuild the whole system to upgraded specs, the chances are slim.
We called in to activate an xp system back in the day and i just said the mobo died and we replaced it with a different one. They gave us a new activation key.
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12 Feb 2012   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Check out the real store prices before buying from MS - in the UK there are significant discounts available of up to 20%. In the US, there's very little discounting. I have no idea what sort of discounts are available in Oz.
Very little discounting. Most places quote the Au$299 in Australia when I have checked. I believe price gouging is not illegal in Australia and barriers are put place by some (many?) in purchasing directly from overseas. Australian buyers get ripped off big time.
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12 Feb 2012   #10
silverstormz

windows 7 home premium
 
 

What number /email should i go about contacting for this? (uk)
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