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Windows 7: Can I provide Win7 DVD to customer if I use OEM?

08 Jan 2013   #41


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You are building a pc for a customer, so of course they would buy windows, whether it be retail or oem. That is the professional way to do it. How else would they get their key ?
No one ever said anything about not buying Windows. Just noting the price difference in an OEM install.

When you install the OEM version (retail too?), Windows runs but gives you a certain amount a time (a week? For some reason, "28 days" sticks in my head) to activate it before Windows no longer starts. Until then, Windows intermittently prompts you to purchase a key online.
It's a 30-day trial period, but it can be "rearmed" with a "-rearm" command for an additional 30. This can only be done 3 times, so you can get up to 120 days in total if you do it carefully. This applies to both OEM and Retail because activation is required.

Anyway, please see my big post above (3 posts up), or click here. I explained in detail what I would want if I were paying someone to build and set up a computer for me. I feel that what I described would leave the best and most professional impression. If they request that you activate it for them, then I would go ahead and do it. However, it can be explained to them that they have a 30-day trial period and that they can easily activate over the internet any time by simply clicking the prompt that comes up. If after about 25-29 days you find out that they haven't activated it yet, then you can "rearm" it for them. I wouldn't do it on the 30th day!

You can even go with a Full Retail version and explain the cost difference to them to see if they would want that. You would explain that the advantage is that they would be able to upgrade their motherboard without having to buy another Product Key (or really, another copy of Windows). Of course, there's also the chance that they may become interested in Windows 8 or whatever comes out after Windows 8. lol

Edit: A thought just occurred to me. If you are looking to end up building the lowest-cost system possible, then I would like to help with that. I can do it on my own, but you can also seek assistance from here: - An Overclocking Community is where I came from, and it's still my home on the internet. Sure, their main thing is overclocking, but they are all very good and experienced at building systems. I bet that they could help you reduce the cost of this build by helping you find parts that cost less without making much of a compromise, if any. Personally, I would especially like to look at the power supply because that is my specialty. I'm not necessarily a PSU expert, but I know what's good and what isn't out there among the dizzying array of options on the market. I also know how much power is needed just by looking at system's specs, and I know lots of other helpful things related to PSUs. So, if you're interested, then let me know.

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