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Windows 7: Selling a Windows 8 Key

21 Nov 2014   #1
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Selling a Windows 8 Key

I had a computer I was running on Windows 8. Of course I upgraded free to Windows 8.1.

Later when I was doing a factory reset the computer crashed and wouldn't power on. After resetting the BIOS settings manually and doing several other things, it looked like I needed a new motherboard. I should have bought one and learned how to install one. Instead I just sold all the parts to the computer.

I never sold the Windows 8 key. I wasn't sure how it would work. Is this something I can just sell online and email to the person? Will they have any problems activating it?

For example, I have bought several used computers. I'm sure the keys were used before. But I did not have any issues.

Would I have an issue selling this key?

And is there anything I should put in the product description for them to be aware of when buying it? I like to be a descriptive seller.

Thanks!


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21 Nov 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If it was a retail key, you can sell it. An OEM key works only with the mobo where it was first installed.
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23 Nov 2014   #3
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If it was a retail key, you can sell it. An OEM key works only with the mobo where it was first installed.
zomboromano
Careful doing it on ebay, they are really picky about that stuff. I had a windows me upgrade disk that said this disk can be sold, it was on the disk itself. My item was canceled by ebay. I never sell on there or anywhere now, I told them to take a hike nicely in the feedback. Even when I complained about it, the other sellers/buyers didn't believe me that the disk said that. I don't have the disk anymore. I think what happen is whoever made the OEM disk at Microsoft goofed.

Whs,
I didn't think OEM keys were allowed to be sold or does that depend on your home country laws?
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23 Nov 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:

Whs,
I didn't think OEM keys were allowed to be sold or does that depend
on your home country laws?
They are being sold every day. Example of today at Newegg:
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23 Nov 2014   #5
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:

Whs,
I didn't think OEM keys were allowed to be sold or does that depend
on your home country laws?
They are being sold every day. Example of today at Newegg:
Whs,
I hate to open a can of worms. This makes me really at ebay and Microsoft. Big stores can sell it but the individual or small businesses can't. I thought Oem's can be only sold to system builders, did something change that I missed?
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23 Nov 2014   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi as already stated you would need to sell the mother board with it,
Cheers.
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23 Nov 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I thought Oem's can be only sold to system builders, did something change that
I missed?
In theory and according to the EULA that is correct. In practice it does not work that way.

And Thrash Zone is right - if your OEM had been already installed before, it is stuck to the mobo where it was first installed.
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23 Nov 2014   #8
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I have a question then based on your response:


I just bought a new PC with Windows 7 installed on the hard drive.

My plan was to move my current SSD with Windows on it to that computer. And I was going to move one of hard drives on the new computer to my old one (the one that has windows on it).

What are the implications of this?

You said an oem key could only be used on the computer that it was sold on.

What if I just switch the hard drives that have windows on them? Because I have a SSD in my old computer I want to move to my new one. Could I just switch it computers with the other hard drive with windows? Would that be okay? I plan to sell the old computer. Again, could you explain any implications this might have and give some suggestions?
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23 Nov 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Implications are simple - it won't work for a variety of reasone.
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23 Nov 2014   #10
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Okay so I should wipe it both computers and hard drives and just reinstall Windows on both. Once I switch my SSD and install Windows I should reinstall using the key for that new computer since its tied to the motherboard and not the hard drive, is that correct?
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