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Windows 7: Swapping OEM licenses...Conflict?

28 Nov 2009   #11
Etihtsarom

7 Prof
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You used a retail installer? Are you sure it wasn't a retail key that activated it, as the question about how many computers during phone activation is normally only asked with retail?
Bought a full retail copy of Professional for myself, then changed the ISO to make a Home Premium disc->installed using that disc->Activated with the key on the sticker that came with the laptop. I'm roughly sure that's an OEM license.


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28 Nov 2009   #12
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yep, that's an OEM key.
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28 Nov 2009   #13
nithinr6

Windows 7, Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You used a retail installer? Are you sure it wasn't a retail key that activated it, as the question about how many computers during phone activation is normally only asked with retail?

It really isn't illegal if they activated it, more like a gift. Usually these OEM license sticker keys are tightly controlled by MS and the manufacturer, linked permanently to the hardware config and the S/N. They are NEVER supposed to migrate, although two people here today have said they did.
The question about how many computers are asked during OEM as well or atleast that was the case with Vista. I had to call MS support after i upgraded my mother board. But that was an oem disk that was separately bought and not with a laptop.
If you use your oem disk on another PC that DOES violates MS eula.
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28 Nov 2009   #14
gregrocker

 

It's still hard to believe MS would let these slip by, as manufacturer's OEMs being locked to mobo and never-migrating is normally the one enforcement that never varies.

Sure it's a violation of the EULA, but if they let it slip by then nobody would argue with them I'm sure.
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