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How to install OEM windows 7?

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April 24, 2013 5:59:54 PM

COMPLETE EDIT:

After looking around a bit, I was able to find a coupon code bringing windows 7 OEM down to a respectable $80 on newegg. I would just like to know if the steps that need to be taken to install an OEM operating system on a new build differ from a retail version and if so, how so?

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a b $ Windows 7
April 24, 2013 6:06:51 PM

spend $33 more, get it from newegg.
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April 24, 2013 6:18:21 PM

I knew someone was gonna say that.
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April 24, 2013 6:22:34 PM

If you are building a PC from parts, buy a retail version of whatever OS you want.

An OEM version will be, at thee very least, tied to the first motherboard you install it in.

Some OEM versions are tied to a specific vendor (Dell). I've seen people in here looking to buy one of those on eBay, because it is cheap. That eBay seller is not selling the OS, but rather an obsolete Dell desktop, and an OS disk that comes with it.
It may or may not install correctly on non-Dell hardware.

Get a semi-generic OEM if you want, but down the line you will be pissed off.
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April 24, 2013 6:35:02 PM

rgd1101 said:
spend $33 more, get it from newegg.


Took your advice and looked a bit harder. Found a nice coupon code. Now I would just like to know how OEM installation might differ from retail.
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April 24, 2013 6:51:03 PM

thesuperguy said:
rgd1101 said:
spend $33 more, get it from newegg.


Took your advice and looked a bit harder. Found a nice coupon code. Now I would just like to know how OEM installation might differ from retail.


In return for the generally cheaper OEM price, you accept the fact that the installation will be tied to the first motherboard you install it on.
Change hardware later? Oh well...buy it again.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 24, 2013 8:16:04 PM

To my knowledge, there is no difference between OEM and Retail installation steps. I've never purchased a retail version, so I cannot be 100% certain, but I've only used OEM and Technet Downloads which should be identical to Retail versions.

-Wolf sends
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April 25, 2013 12:00:48 PM

USAFRet said:
thesuperguy said:
rgd1101 said:
spend $33 more, get it from newegg.


Took your advice and looked a bit harder. Found a nice coupon code. Now I would just like to know how OEM installation might differ from retail.


In return for the generally cheaper OEM price, you accept the fact that the installation will be tied to the first motherboard you install it on.
Change hardware later? Oh well...buy it again.


I'm just curious what happens if the motherboard happens to fail the day after I install it. Would I be able to transfer it onto a replacement motherboard as long as it's the same model like I've heard people doing?

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a b $ Windows 7
April 25, 2013 12:18:32 PM

if that happen call Microsoft and explain it to them.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 25, 2013 4:20:51 PM

Motherboard hardware failures are supposedly exempt from the restrictions of OEM Software purchases. I did need to contact Microsoft when my old motherboard finally quit on me. I explained the situation and they provided me with a new activation code.

-Wolf sends
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