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Just wanting to clear up OEM with windows before I buy

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November 17, 2013 1:56:34 AM

Hey thanks for helping me out,
I finished up my build recently and I see I need an OS, now I see online how much windows is nearly 200$ some places. Then I see the OEM ones, which I thought I could use, Then I thought I couldn't now I think I can.
So to put this simply:
I want to know if I can install windows 7 onto my new build with an OEM, and then keep it on there, possibly upgrading to another version of windows such as Home premium<pro<ultimate. And then if for some reason down the road, again to Windows 8 (stuff will only work backwards for so long).
Or can I only use OEM for a while?

Now I will always need an operating system in this computer so I am not sure why I would need to move windows.

Assuming I can keep all of my Data and transfer it into a new build and buy a new copy of windows for that new build and keep the old copy in the old build.
Also, If I take out the motherboard and use it in a new build, does that new build still have the windows?
Like could I just take my MOBO and SSD out and build a new system around it and buy a new OEM for my upgraded system?
Why do people Need to move your OS? I get moving Data, and I suppose that if I bought a new computer I would need an OS on it but why would you leave a computer without an OS when you could just fix it up?

Finally what is the difference between ultimate and professional?

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a b $ Windows 7
November 17, 2013 5:16:00 AM

1 copy of OEM for 1 motherboard. No matter what case you put it in.
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November 17, 2013 6:50:31 AM

OEM license is fine -- main difference is that once you install the OEM version to a system it is tied to that system unlike the retail version which can be moved from system to system as long as it is only used on one system at a time -- Other difference is that OEM version is not supported by MS (ie. If you have problems with the OS you have to handle troubleshooting yourself (since you are the OEM and are responsible for providing support for the software you install on the systems you build (which is the main reason it is cheaper since MS does not have to pay support personnel - and is also why the license is tied to that system since the company that built the system can not be forced to support it after you no longer are using that system ! - ie. ACER is only supports the system they sell you and once you move pieces to a new system they no longer offer support so an OEM license can not be moved to another system since at that point there is no one responsible for supporting it ! ) without calling MS or pay MS a fee for support unlike the retail version which they do provide support for)

So in your case if you want to be able to call MS for help if something is not working properly oor if you plan on keeping the OS to use after you build a new system ( MOBO is considered the system so it is only a new system if you change the MOBO any other changes like Video cards, Memory, Hdds etc. still remain the same system) you will want the retail version -- If you plan to build this system and use the OS only on it and purchase a new OS once you build\buy a new system and can troubleshoot any problems yourself or with the help of others on the internet etc. then getting the cheaper OEM version is fine.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 17, 2013 7:34:06 AM

May I just add something here? Give cheap offers of OEM disks, download or Keys on e-Bay and the like. If they work at all - which is doubtful - they are only meant for the major manufacturers and the key is unique to the maker - the installed key is different and can only be read from the CoA. Not even Speccy or MagicalJellyBean can pull the correct key.

You're looking for an OEM for Builders version.
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November 17, 2013 1:33:33 PM

So basically, OEM is fine I just don't get tech support, that sounds fine to me.
Also if I get another system I can buy another OEM for it and transfer my data right?
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a c 426 $ Windows 7
November 17, 2013 1:44:27 PM

With windows 7 OEM the license is tied to the first motherboard it's installed on.With Windows 8 you can move it to another build when you are done with this one , but only one computer at a time.With Windows 8 0EM you can change all the hardware you want including the motherboard.





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


Microsoft.com ^


OEM vs. Retail

OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).

sevenforums.com





Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.asp...
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November 17, 2013 3:54:52 PM

How dificult would it be to go from say OEM windows 7 pro to windows 8?
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a c 426 $ Windows 7
November 17, 2013 4:01:37 PM

Buy 8.1 and it's easy.
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November 17, 2013 5:41:35 PM

Why would anyone buy windows 8 that did not have too? Windows 8 is a huge mess up right?
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a c 426 $ Windows 7
November 17, 2013 6:30:41 PM

I love Win 8.
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November 22, 2013 4:26:52 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
With windows 7 OEM the license is tied to the first motherboard it's installed on.With Windows 8 you can move it to another build when you are done with this one , but only one computer at a time.With Windows 8 0EM you can change all the hardware you want including the motherboard.





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


Microsoft.com ^


OEM vs. Retail

OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).

sevenforums.com





Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.asp...


I am a Windows 8 pro OEM License owner, my motherboard failed last night and i replaced it with a new one, when i booted up my system it prompts me to activate, called up Microsoft but they told me that they could not assist me since it's a new hardware and a new motherboard.

what can i do? is there a workaround for this?
help is appreciated, thank you in advance.

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a c 426 $ Windows 7
November 22, 2013 5:09:09 PM

Use automated phone message system.
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November 22, 2013 7:33:18 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Use automated phone message system.



Are you pertaining to phone activation?
if yes, tried that but they keep on redirecting me to a MS Call center Agent
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a b $ Windows 7
November 22, 2013 11:32:19 PM

It's sharp practice at best, fraudulent at worst but it's all in the small print so you have no choice but to buy another copy. The large computer manufacturers do the same - if your hard disk fails and you don't buy a replacement from them, you can't pass activation of your replacement system. Many Linux operating systems remain free, however.
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