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Windows 7: Windows 7 House party OEM? Retail?

10 Oct 2009   #1
gskills

windows vista 64
 
 
Windows 7 House party OEM? Retail?

Hello

I have a question that even microsoft did not know when I called them.

I got windows 7 ultimate and Im dont know if it is OEM or retail.
If its OEM i dont want to lock it to my motherboard as I might upgrade in a few months but if it is Retail then Ill have the option to do so.

Thanks
G


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10 Oct 2009   #2
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

My understanding is that it a full retail version of ultimate in those party packs.
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10 Oct 2009   #3
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If this is the Steve Balmer signature edition then it's the Retail version.

FWIW & IME the only "lock" on OEM versions is imposed by the OEM's themselves (Dell used to do it, HP does it now, and I think a couple of other OEM's do it). So you won't see that on any disks from MS - only on disks that are manufactured by the OEMs.
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10 Oct 2009   #4
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

You sure? I thought activation linked your Windows erial to your configuration, mainly motherboard
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10 Oct 2009   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Thanks for the clarification USASMA, that's how I understood things to be but was not sure if Windows 7 had changed anything.

It always used to be that the only difference between Retail or Enterprise or OEM was one of licensing, rather than code
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10 Oct 2009   #6
gskills

windows vista 64
 
 

thanks

I was susprised that the MS helpdesk didnt know if it was OEM or retail.

Im going to install windows 7 now and if i change my motherboard then i wont cry.

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10 Oct 2009   #7
Sevenfreak

windows seven and XP dual boot
 
 

So if I install it on my older HP and it lets say it dies on me (pavilion 6000 have many issue lol), can I go out and buy a vista running machine and re install it?
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10 Oct 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You should probably call MS directly for clarification... its really hard to play "what if" and expect a knowledgeable answer...
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10 Oct 2009   #9
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

This is a different question. Are you referring to an OEM upgrade version or an OEM "full" version? Check for the word "Upgrade" on the installation media.

If it's an upgrade version, it's going to want to check for a qualifying product to upgrade from.

An OEM full version will install without the need for a "qualifying product" - so there's no need to get a Vista system (a blank HD will do).
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10 Oct 2009   #10
Sevenfreak

windows seven and XP dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
You should probably call MS directly for clarification... its really hard to play "what if" and expect a knowledgeable answer...

thank you sir
anyone else that may help would really be appreciated
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