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Windows 7: OEM Blues - do I need to buy a new copy of Windows 7?

09 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hopefully he didn't active the copy of Windows. I always give it some time before I activate it. It certainly helps protect against this exact situation.

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09 Oct 2010   #12
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
An OEM certificate is always tied in to the mobo [ how I dont know] so Microsoft will not be very supportive to you wanting to put an OEM copy on another machine , They will expect you to pay for a retail copy !
OEM is supposed to sell to system builders only.
In case of hardware failure for branded machines, the consumer should not face the problem as the brand will themselves resolve the problem of activation for the change of hardwares.

For retail copy, there is no problem in changing hardware or even the full pc; just call the MS support, tell them, the other (old) PC's HDD has been wiped and the copy has been installed to new PC. No MS support personnel will ever create problem.

Microsoft's EULA does not support OEM copy to be sold and installed by general users. You can search the web and you will see how many times MS sued sellers for selling OEM copy separately.
OEM copy just seeks the hardware configuration and signature and get installed without the need of activation on first run.

From Microsoft's legal point of view, you will not get any support. You can make it clear from official Microsoft Answer's forum.

There are dishonest sellers who sells Microsoft, Adobe, Sony (to name a few) OEM copies for a fraction of price than retail copy.

If you have been cheated by the seller, MS can help you for obvious reason.
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09 Oct 2010   #13


If you have activated the OEM copy already, perhaps the best approach is to call your seller and tell them you bought the wrong version . If they will refund or replace it then call MS and tell them what has happened and ask them to clear activation to help you get it replaced.

If you haven't activated, call the seller and ask them to replace it with the correct copy because they sold you a version which you do not qualify for.

If neither of these work on activated OEM, then I would bring the hardware issues here so we can help you determine if there is a fix or some other workaround.

As a last resort, I would call MS Customer Service and tell them your hardware failed during install. They would likely make an exeption to install to your new hardware. But if you're buying a new computer it would be cheaper to buy it with OS so try to get seller to take it back first
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09 Oct 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Abhishek Ghosh View Post
There are dishonest sellers who sells Microsoft, Adobe, Sony (to name a few) OEM copies for a fraction of price than retail copy.

If you have been cheated by the seller, MS can help you for obvious reason.
There are also reputable sellers on the internet that sell OEM. I would go as far as to say you will not find any that will not sell to an individual. Tigerdirect, newegg, directron and any other one you check. If it is against the EULA, MS is not doing very much to enforce the issue.
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10 Oct 2010   #15
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Original Poster lives in UK, so, I am giving the MS UK link for OEM : Round-up of the latest piracy scams (Hover your mouse over the text "OEM/system builder software" inside the grey colored column for OEM). Here is screenshot:

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@bigmck: You quoted me, so its my answer for you:

I said what I knew to best of my knowledge. If anyone sales anything wrong, its better to avoid it. How ever, if any member/user is cheated, we can fight for him/her.

Greg has rightly said all the points.

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12 Oct 2010   #16


Microsoft does offer OEM 30 packs, available through some 3rd party vendors.. but they're hard to get because they're usually sold out. I think what is happening is a few a******s are buying them in quantity and selling copies of the original disk, along with a valid COA on ebay and a few other mail order sites. The price of a 30 pack works out to about $120 per license for home premium, about $140 for professional and about $170 for ultimate.. It might even be legal, but it is a scam.
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