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Windows 7: Not genuine windows 7

29 Nov 2013   #11
NoelDP

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

You can't buy OEM System Builder licenses from MS - they only sell Retail or Upgrade licenses direct to the public.
The best value would be an Upgrade - you can clean-install this using the double-install method.
Alternatively, you can purchase an OEM System Builder license pack from a reputable store/site.


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29 Nov 2013   #12
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
You can't buy OEM System Builder licenses from MS - they only sell Retail or Upgrade licenses direct to the public.
The best value would be an Upgrade - you can clean-install this using the double-install method.
Alternatively, you can purchase an OEM System Builder license pack from a reputable store/site.
You are absolutely correct NoelDP. I did not word my reply very well & it certainly could have been misleading.

Would an upgrade really be cheaper as the OP has to get a Vista installation & then get a Windows 7 upgrade as well. That's why I suggested going straight to a 7 installation.

I have since checked the Microsoft web store & it seems that Windows 7 retail discs are no longer available here in Australia, so the only alternative seems to be an OEM disc.
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29 Nov 2013   #13
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

There is no requirement to have Vista installed for installing a Windows 7 Upgrade - merely to have a valid license for the machine in question.
This means that the only necessary purchase, where the machine has a valid Windows Vista COA sticker, is the Upgrade.
The install is done first, using the Default Key, and then immediately upgraded using the proper Upgrade Key.
This procedure is supported by MS.
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