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Windows 7: Building a system - OEM or retail

22 Apr 2009   #11
sevsman

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)
 
 

Go OEM!!

Even if you do get OEM and in the future upgrade your system just call them and say it's either a plane re-install or replaced mobo due to hardware fault..

I've only ever had to say that i'm doing a fresh install and they've re-activated over the phone with no problems at all..


This is when moving the licence to a whole new machine aswell.....


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22 Apr 2009   #12
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by weh View Post
At least here in the USA, there are licensing differences:
  • OEM is licensed to a single computer permanently and cannot legally be installed on a second machine (although you are allowed to upgrade components of that original computer, so you've got considerable leeway). If you sell the computer, the OS goes with it -- forever legally married to the nuts and bolts.
  • Retail is licensed to a single user for use on one computer at a time and can be moved to a completely difference computer as long as it is removed completely from the previous one. If you sell the computer, you can keep the OS and re-use it. (The second owner of your old hardware is then responsible for his own copy of the OS.)
There are a few other details, including who provides support, but that's the essence of the two licenses.

Considering how many copies of various versions of Windows I own legally, I usually opt for the retail upgrade version. It's less expensive than the regular retail version and I get to call M$ should the need arise.
Can you do a clean install or repair install with retail upgrade?
I forgot about the upgrade version.
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22 Apr 2009   #13
weh

Win.7.Ult.x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Can you do a clean install or repair install with retail upgrade?
I forgot about the upgrade version.
Yes, you can. I've done it many times. It usually asks that you validate by providing either the drive/directory location of the previous installed version or temporarily swapping out the CD/DVD so that it can verify that you have one. Works like a charm.
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22 Apr 2009   #14
sevsman

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)
 
 

You can buy an upgrade version and do a full install without a serial key. Then just boot from the disk again and do your upgrade from within the version of vista that is installed.

This is because the vista upgrade disks actually have all the files requiried for a complete install..

We don't know if this will work with 7 yet though...
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22 Apr 2009   #15
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I guess we have a while. This topic will come up again. I am going to buy parts throughout the summer and will re-visit this in about......September-October when it comes out.

Sevsman, your avatar is disturbing. haha
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22 Apr 2009   #16
weh

Win.7.Ult.x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Can you do a clean install or repair install with retail upgrade?
I forgot about the upgrade version.
Yes, you can. I've done it many times. It usually asks that you validate by providing either the drive/directory location of the previous installed version or temporarily swapping out the CD/DVD so that it can verify that you have one. Works like a charm.

I'll add that the only time I ever got through to someone who could actually help me at Microsoft, I got Bill Gates, himself, on the line. (Never mind that it was November, 1981 and the problem was switching between monochrome and color monitors on an i8088 PC with 64KB ram running DOS 1.0 and both display adapters installed. Did I forget to mention that I was working at the IBM Product Center in Washington DC at the time? I have lots of wild & woolly stories from the PC's beginnings -- I was there.).

Added: Okay, I'm confused. I went to post and nothing happened. So I posted again. Apparently the first post posted the quote and the first paragraph and the second added the second. I'm really not sure how I accomplished that.
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22 Apr 2009   #17
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by weh View Post
Yes, you can. I've done it many times. It usually asks that you validate by providing either the drive/directory location of the previous installed version or temporarily swapping out the CD/DVD so that it can verify that you have one. Works like a charm.

I'll add that the only time I ever got through to someone who could actually help me at Microsoft, I got Bill Gates, himself, on the line. (Never mind that it was November, 1981 and the problem was switching between monochrome and color monitors on an i8088 PC with 64KB ram running DOS 1.0 and both display adapters installed. Did I forget to mention that I was working at the IBM Product Center in Washington DC at the time? I have lots of wild & woolly stories from the PC's beginnings -- I was there.).
Wow, that's quite a story there.
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22 Apr 2009   #18
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sevsman View Post
OEM all the way!!!!

The only difference is the M$ support, which you'll probably never use if you already goto forums anyway!!

Unless you want the spiffy box that the OS comes in then there is absolutely no good reason to spend the extra 40 - 50 for some colorful paper and some plastic........


I also think that as more experienced pc builders/users read this post you're going to have alot of responses exactly like mine...


I know this, as this is what i do.....
+1,OEM all the way ,the lads above have said everything I would have said,Save your money, and buy a better Video card with the difference and you will be much better off.
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