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Windows 7: OEM version - a little info please... "UPDATE"

28 Sep 2009   #11
rpmstl

7 RTM
 
 

OEM = builders disc as stated above. To get a new code if needed, you call Microsoft, tell them you changed the motherboard and they give you another code. There (supposedly) used to be a kill switch which was then activated on your old code and it would disable the original authentification.
Supposedly this feature was removed in Vista SP1. Not sure of the truth about the kill switch but I have personally called Microsoft more than once and received a new code for OEM OS's.


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28 Sep 2009   #12
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am a system builder but I like to stay ahead of the average guy with hardware. It would really make sense to just get a subscription to TechNet for a guy like me. The software is really just being "tested" on a lot of hardware.
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28 Sep 2009   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I am a system builder but I like to stay ahead of the average guy with hardware. It would really make sense to just get a subscription to TechNet for a guy like me. The software is really just being "tested" on a lot of hardware.

Hello Nate, that's what a lot of us have done; there's a lot more at TechNet than just Windows 7.




See if any of these still work.

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28 Sep 2009   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
What CAN you move? I have heard retail is the same as OEM to move mobos.
According to the license agreement, you CAN move retail. You can only have it on 1 machine at a time, but technically you can remove from one and put on the other. You would have to reactivate with a mobo swap.

While I have heard that some have changed computers and have successfully twisted MS's arm, they could legally refuse to make the exception and as an end-user you wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

You certainly could try it, but if you want to be sure, don't get the OEM.

Edit: Or get TechNet as others have suggested. For most techie users, this thing pays for itself in no time.
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28 Sep 2009   #15
Zahl

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I've used both retail and oem and they are both the same hassle when installing on a new pc (you have to call on both). Also they both offer the same amount of online activations before you have to call in.
So imho, if retail costs more but does nothing to reduce the hassle, time spent, or aggravation of speaking to someone you can't understand, then they don't deserve the extra $$.
Just my opinion
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