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Windows 7: Legal to use OEM UPGRADE disk on another manufacture pc

27 Nov 2009   #31
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

Since they said it was legal should i or shouldnt i upgrade my vista seeing how they might want the disk back. but yet its not illegal if i do it "confused" Then why might they want it back if i did?


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27 Nov 2009   #32
mushroomboy

Windows 7, Linux
 
 

Basically you bought an OEM upgrade (the original computer didn't come with it so you payed XX for an upgrade) so you can upgrade on any other computer you own that isn't Win7. Because you PAYED for an upgrade you get one, that's what they are saying at least that's what I'm getting out of this.
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27 Nov 2009   #33
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post
Basically you bought an OEM upgrade (the original computer didn't come with it so you payed XX for an upgrade) so you can upgrade on any other computer you own that isn't Win7. Because you PAYED for an upgrade you get one, that's what they are saying at least that's what I'm getting out of this.
It is tricky and you need to re-read the OP because he apparently DID NOT buy an Upgrade.

He bought a computer that offered a free Upgrade to Windows 7 which he then ordered on the internet from the manufacturer.

Before it arrived in the mail he returned the computer. The salesmen incorrectly told him he could keep the Upgrade and use it on any machine, something which no salesman would have been sure about then since the Upgrade Kits had not shipped yet.

It is now clear from that these manufacturers' Upgrade Kits that they can only be used on the machine they were intended to Upgrade, are locked to the Vista and mobo. I am clean installing (from boot) a number of these manufacturer's Upgrade Kits now so am familar with the process.

blankojames: It would be helpful to all of us if you would clarify if you ordered a manufacturer's free Upgrade Kit on the internet, for a machine you purchased that you later returned. I believe you were misinformed by the salesman, although Barman's advice to appeal to manufacturer (and maybe store manager) is certainly worth a try.
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27 Nov 2009   #34
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Greg - the OP contacted the manufacturer and was told the OEM department would, upon their return from holiday, decide if the upgrade must be returned.
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27 Nov 2009   #35
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by
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blankojames: It would be helpful to all of us if you would clarify if you ordered a manufacturer's free Upgrade Kit on the internet, for a machine you purchased that you later returned. I believe you were misinformed by the salesman, although Barman's advice to appeal to manufacturer (and maybe store manager) is certainly worth a try.[/COLOR]

I thought i did many times through this forum say "upgrade program" "did not pay" and so forth. Also. the OEM said that it WOULD work on another brand computer but that they only tested it on their brand.
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27 Nov 2009   #36
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blankojames View Post
is it the same brand computer?
It was for a DELL and I have a DELL that I put it on but since it was XP Pro SP3 it was not upgradable so it was a clean install.
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27 Nov 2009   #37
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blankojames View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by
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blankojames: It would be helpful to all of us if you would clarify if you ordered a manufacturer's free Upgrade Kit on the internet, for a machine you purchased that you later returned. I believe you were misinformed by the salesman, although Barman's advice to appeal to manufacturer (and maybe store manager) is certainly worth a try.[/COLOR]

I thought i did many times through this forum say "upgrade program" "did not pay" and so forth. Also. the OEM said that it WOULD work on another brand computer but that they only tested it on their brand.
Thanks for clarifying that for those who were still assuming you had paid for it. It is important to be clear here since this thread is the top result for Google searches on whether you can use manufacturer's OEM Upgrade Kit on another computer.

I think I understand what the Manufacturer was saying to you: The clean-copy of Win7 Upgrade disk can indeed be used to install on another computer just as any WIn7 installer can.

However, it will not accept the key and activate for any other than the machine which has that OEM license. It will give you either 3 or 30 days to activate on the Computer>Properties activation link and then become inoperable.

Did you end up buying a computer of the same brand? If so, let's hope tech support will let you use yours or provide you a replacement key, which you can still order anyway until January from most manufacturers.
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27 Nov 2009   #38
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fishnbanjo View Post
I purchased an OEM upgrade of W7 Professional 32 bit from someone who was not going to upgrade their Vista Professional 32 bit and did a fresh installation on my laptop and it went very well loading and launched in 35 minutes.
You must be referring to a builder's OEM upgrade which is a retail copy of Win7 on sale to the public, and which is permanently locked to the mobo (although MS makes some exceptions).

THis is a different version than the manufacturer's bulk OEM which is forever tied to the mobo of the computer the manufacturer installs it on.
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27 Nov 2009   #39
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Isn't any OEM tied to the mobo you install it on? If I decide to build a new i5 system I'll be getting an OEM x64 version of 7 Ultimate - one that isn't tied to any manufacturer.
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27 Nov 2009   #40
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Isn't any OEM tied to the mobo you install it on? If I decide to build a new i5 system I'll be getting an OEM x64 version of 7 Ultimate - one that isn't tied to any manufacturer.
I have always thought that retail OEM are also tied to the hardware without exception.

However, this was the subject of a lively exchange here yesterday, with this key excerpt from a reliable expert:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Both of the cases I described were not typical, in fact in both cases were some 'mitigating circumstances' and after choosing 'Activation by phone' option both times I had maybe some luck to get a very nice person to answer my calls.

First case, Vista OEM: My wife had been using XP on her laptop. Last Christmas she got a Vista Ultimate OEM as a present from me. Early January I installed it to her computer, making the mistake to activate it straight after installation. She tried it two days and didn't like it. Factory recovery, XP back. A bit later, maybe a week or so, I decided to use this OEM and install Vista to an extra desktop we had lying around and put that machine to our guest room. I called MS, told them why I wanted to install it to another computer and reactivate. The person I was talking with laughed a bit after hearing the reason was my wife didn't like Vista, and gave me a new activation key.

Second situation was now earlier this month. My neighbor lost his laptops charger and bought a universal one. Bad deal, as we know now, that laptop is no longer among us, it's gone to computer heaven. It really burned, never seen something like that. Anyway, I had installed Seven Ultimate OEM to his laptop 3-4 days after launch, about week and a half before this accident happened.

He went to Media Markt and bought a new laptop, which came with Seven Home Premium. About two weeks ago, the day he got it, we installed his Seven Ultimate OEM to this new laptop and called MS because the same OEM key was already used in that dead laptop. Once again, absolutely no problems. A very friendly female voice gave us a new activation code.

I am not saying this is normal practise of Microsoft. I'm just saying the MS staff are humans, too and they clearly have authority and permission to use their judgement and decide if the reason they hear is valid.

Kari
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