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04 Feb 2013   #1

win7 64
 
 
Questions about Windows 7 OEM

hello

first sory for my bad english

unfortunatly i can not buy retail version of Windows 7 so the only options are Windows 7 oem and win8 (oem & retail).

this is first time that i want use oem version. i heard changing the hardwares disable geniue of oems.

my main board is P8z68 deluxe,so the question is which hardwares should not to be changed?

i mean which hardwares on connectors on main such as : usb3 19 pin, chassis fans , sata ,usb 2, pci , power ...

or on back panel : eSata should not to be changed?

also can i use usb network adaptor or external hard driver ?

and if i change the sata port of hard drive (not add or remove drives) what will happen?

thanks for replies

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04 Feb 2013   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

This is as much as I know.
The OEM OS is tied to your motherboard. I don't know exactly what on the motherboard is checked - eg. Network MAC address, CPU, MB serial number....
You can flash your BIOS, change HDD/SSD without problem because I've done this on the very motherboard you have. Chassis fans PSU etc ..no problems. I'd expect you wouldn't have problems generally with plugin cards.

Having said this I've read that some people claim to have replaced their motherboard without a problem. Others have been given a new Key by phoning MS and explaining that their MB died - but I think it depends on the MS operator.
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04 Feb 2013   #3

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MS changed the rules for Windows 8, and abolished the distinction between OEM and Retail licensing, so you can install OEM Windows 8 and still upgrade the motherboard - you should check the licenses applicable, though....
License Terms
Licensing FAQ
Personal Use Licence


In Windows 7 technically, the only item that can't be replaced is the motherboard itself- hard drives, sound cards, DVD drives, graphics cards, etc. are all fair game.
Also fair game are NIC cards not present at the time of activation.
Changing a NIC card will often result in an activation request - but will not cause it to be refused.
Changing the motherboard is a different matter....
to quote MS...

Quote:
Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same licence? What if it was replaced because it was defective?
A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the licence for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the licence of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's warranty.
The reason for this licensing rule primarily relates to the End User Software Licence Terms and the support of the software covered by those terms. The End User Software Licence Terms are a set of usage rights granted to the end user by the computer manufacturer, and relate only to rights for that software as installed on that particular computer. The system builder is required to support the software on the original PC. Understanding that end users, over time, upgrade their PCs with different components, Microsoft needed to have one base component "left standing" that would still define the original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the "heart and soul" of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially created. The original system builder did not manufacture this new PC, and therefore cannot be expected to support it.
Licensing FAQ
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04 Feb 2013   #4

win7 64
 
 

Thank you. it's solved
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04 Feb 2013   #5

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You're welcome - good luck!
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04 Feb 2013   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Battlefield2 View Post
Thank you. it's solved
Glad to help.
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