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

27 Nov 2009   #41
poin2

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

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.
I don't believe that's 100% true.

In some cases, the manufacturer appears to have perhaps customized the disc more than others, and people do report things where it sounds like they're tied to at least the brand of computer.

In others, best I can tell (though I've only seen a couple), the disc is no different from what you could buy as a generic OEM / System Builder's thing in some stores. They've just simply physically labelled the disc differently. They wouldn't be locked on a software level to a motherboard or the manufacturer.

And as far as any written license goes, what it is for these free upgrade kits would be different from the generic OEM / System Builder's discs you buy separately elsewhere. There seem to be a lot of people missing that the original topic isn't about a separate purchase of the OS or about the generic OEM discs.


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27 Nov 2009   #42
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

Ok here goes. The disk is a ASUS upgrade disk it states on the disk "use with asus notebooks" It came with a separate driver disk. The disk are both ASUS blue with ASUS in bold on them. ASUS tech said it would work and run on any brand computer. Just not tested "said for warranty reasons of software" on another computer or even another brand. Now seeing that he said it wasn't illegal after all that and knowing it was a free upgrade shipment "told him" Would it be wrong to install it since he said "I dont know if they will want the disk back or not in the upgrade shipping department since they are on holiday" I didn't ask if i could go ahead but i thought he might get that from me asking if its legal
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27 Nov 2009   #43
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Try it, buy the driver disk is most likely useless. Have you contacted Microsoft just to triple check?
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27 Nov 2009   #44
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

Emailed Microsoft told them what the retailer said and how things happen and if i could install on another computer even though i didnt have the one the upgrade disk was ordered for. they said "For things pertaining to OEM windows 7 upgrade disk please contact the OEM disk provider"
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27 Nov 2009   #45
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Try it and ignore the driver disk.
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27 Nov 2009   #46
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

wouldnt that cause a problem if they wanted it back if i installed it and activated the oem disk key seeing how it will be locked to my computer if they tried to resend it to someone else they wouldnt be able to use it right?
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27 Nov 2009   #47
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Right now its yours so install it.
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27 Nov 2009   #48
gregrocker

 

As described to me by an Acer tech support manager today:

MS offered a program where manufacturers could buy cheap bulk OEM Win7 Upgrades to entice people to continue buying Vista computers in the months before Win7 was released.

They stipulated that the Upgrade disk must a be clean Win7 OS installation disk, but left the drivers/apps disk to the manufacturer's design.

Manufacturers used a fulfillment agency which was provided with MS software to scan the Win7 Upgrade DVD's MS-provided OEM key sticker into the manufacturer's S/N account and Vista OEM key, locking them together permanently in MS activation system.

I think what you have is an installer. MS does not allow loose OEM keys that can activate on any machine. Try it if you want, and good luck with that.
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28 Nov 2009   #49
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

Now this is strange. I contacted another computer manufacture and asked them if it would be illegal to see what they would say through email. And they said it was Illegal, where as the company i had the computer through said it wasn't. Then the company that i called just to ask "whom i do not have an upgrade disk through" Tried to tell me something about my system not being registered with them and asking for my address and name and # which i never gave them a system detail to come up with that.. hmmmmm maybe it is illegal
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28 Nov 2009   #50
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

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.
That is correct. I purchsed an OEM for my custom built computer from a reputable distributor. It was not tied to anythng. It installed fine. I typed into the program the Key and Microsoft authenicated it. Now the OEM and my computer are tied together, but not before I installed it. == BTW, I was at a Microsoft seminar a couple months ago. I asked one of the Microsoft folks if I could buy an OEM for my custom built computer that presently had an XP OEM on it. His response was that since I qualifed for the XP OEM license, I would also qualify for the Win 7 OEM license.
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