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Question about Windows 7 Versions (OEM / Building Personal System)

So Im putting together a system. I want to get Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 Bit for my system but I Don't know what to buy.

After looking on Newegg, all I can find is 99$ OEM Copies. What is an OEM Copy? Ive heard that OEM copies can only be installed on OEM computers such as Dell and HP, But I don't know if this is ture, and I doubt it. Can I Reinstall the copy if I ever have a Problem? Is the copy meant for personal use, or someone building and selling a sytem, or both?

When Browsing Microsoft store, I found the Actual DVDs, But they were 200$ for a Home Premium copy? Is this right? Sorry, Im so confused...
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  1. Anonymous said:
    So Im putting together a system. I want to get Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 Bit for my system but I Don't know what to buy.

    After looking on Newegg, all I can find is 99$ OEM Copies. What is an OEM Copy? Ive heard that OEM copies can only be installed on OEM computers such as Dell and HP, But I don't know if this is ture.

    When Browsing Microsoft store, I found the Actual DVDs, But they were 200$ for a Home Premium copy? Is this right? Sorry, Im so confused...


    An OEM copy is a copy that's tied to your PC. (Specifically your motherboard) and can't be moved to another PC. (Since your building a new PC, an OEM copy is ideal.) A full/retail copy can be moved from PC to PC and also has MS support.
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    You have thread here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/303438-31-windows-retail

    OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

    - OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

    - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

    - OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

    - OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

    found here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/how-exactly-does-windows-7-retail-vs-oem/fae7b2ab-c530-45e6-aeb3-cc55cf7b9231
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