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

02 Dec 2009   #61
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronwhon View Post
Most likely what will happen is the OEM will resell this PC as refurbished, and will not (or should not) offer the upgrade license to the new purchaser. In terms of licensing and legality, MS places the onus squarely on the OEM.

OP, my suggestion to you is to get the OEM's advice in writing, as phone call conversations (even if recorded) are not admissable exceptions to licensing policy.

In terms of technical installation, Greg's advice might prove true. Furthermore, if you have any problems installing, you will be referred to OEM for technical support. In other words, if you try a different manufacturer's MOBO for the new install, it may be technically legal, but the origianl OEM will be responsible for tech support, and will likely be reluctant to provide that support.

So you are saying its illegal unless its in writing? Would email count or would it have to be a document? What could happen with out it and from whom could it come from since the OEM manger "not rep" said it was mine?


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02 Dec 2009   #62
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The DVD is bootable and you boot from it to do a clean install, to upgrade you start the install from inside windows. doesn't look like any bloatware is on the disc and they give you a web address to go to after the install to get the apps and drivers for the laptop.

I am not sure how you choose 32bit or 64bit, or if it does it automatically based on your hardware, ie, 64bit capable CPU will install the the 64bit version.
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02 Dec 2009   #63
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blankojames View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronwhon View Post
Most likely what will happen is the OEM will resell this PC as refurbished, and will not (or should not) offer the upgrade license to the new purchaser. In terms of licensing and legality, MS places the onus squarely on the OEM.

OP, my suggestion to you is to get the OEM's advice in writing, as phone call conversations (even if recorded) are not admissable exceptions to licensing policy.

In terms of technical installation, Greg's advice might prove true. Furthermore, if you have any problems installing, you will be referred to OEM for technical support. In other words, if you try a different manufacturer's MOBO for the new install, it may be technically legal, but the origianl OEM will be responsible for tech support, and will likely be reluctant to provide that support.

So you are saying its illegal unless its in writing? Would email count or would it have to be a document? What could happen with out it and from whom could it come from since the OEM manger "not rep" said it was mine?

It's not necessarily illegal, as it is up to the manufacturer, but what is your proof of license? Especially since your disk has the manufacturer's name on it, and doesn't match your current computer. The suggestion to get it in writing is just a CYOA.

As for what might happen, all I can say is that the danger is much higher if you are using the comp for business purposes.
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02 Dec 2009   #64
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

"little confused" What could i be in danger of? And why would it be worse if i use the computer for business? This is so complicated..
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02 Dec 2009   #65
gregrocker

 

Did your WIndows 7 even activate?

Right click Computer>Properties and scroll down to see.

It will either activate or not. That solves the issue.
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02 Dec 2009   #66
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

Greg, activation does not necessarily make it legal. You are still required to provide proof of license if requested. (Just knowing how to start the car doesn't make it legal to drive, you still need a license. Same idea).

James, you are more at risk of being audited if in a business situation. If audited, you need to be able to show proof of license.

I am curious, did your product key come on an official MS License card? is it just a sticker on the CD sleeve? If it's a license card, what is the wording used?
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02 Dec 2009   #67
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

ok here goes.. It is that shinny green blue and pinkish sticker that was on the disk case that had the License key. When Asus told me it was mine to keep they said in their system it is registered under my name so it was legal for me to keep and install it onto another computer.. And in the mail in the package that the win7 upgrade disk came in i have a packing slip that says "Sold to" My address then "shipped to" My address then the item win7 home premium 64-bit (English) Unit price "FOC" sub total 0.00 shipping 20.00 total due .00
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02 Dec 2009   #68
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

The sticker on the CD Case, does it say Acer on it?
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02 Dec 2009   #69
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry, I meant Asus
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02 Dec 2009   #70
blankojames

win7/vista both x64
 
 

yea
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