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Re-installing Windows 7 OEM

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December 21, 2013 12:08:04 PM

This is my first post on tom'sHARDWARE, so please excuse my stupidity.

I'm thinking of replacing my 7 year old PC and getting a new laptop instead.I already have a legally purchased OEM version of Windows 7 64 bit (which is currently installed on my PC) and would like to know if this can be installed onto the new laptop. It would just save me a bit of money (to upgrade on something else) if it can be re-used.However, I believe this is not possible.Any advice would be appreciated.Thanks

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December 21, 2013 12:13:42 PM

Windows 7 OEM is tied to the motherboard and may only ever be installed on one PC. You may not reuse the license on another computer.

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December 21, 2013 12:16:47 PM

unksol said:
Windows 7 OEM is tied to the motherboard and may only ever be installed on one PC. You may not reuse the license on another computer.



Ok.Thank you
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December 21, 2013 12:18:41 PM

OEM is for 1 motherboard. I doubt it will register with MS.
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December 21, 2013 12:22:12 PM

To add to the above, the laptop may in turn also have a licence locked into its BIOS settings, to cover whatever the manufacturers installed. Only buying a full retail version of Windows 7 is the safest way to get where you want to go unless you switch to free software from the Linux stables.
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December 21, 2013 12:44:10 PM

However if you got Windows 8 OEM you can carry that over to a different PC. With Windows 8 Microsoft changed that requirement and it is no longer tied to the motherboard it was installed on. So in a couple years if you upgraded the motherboard or moved over to a complete new rig you could install it with the same key on to the new rig as long as you are only using on one PC at a time. It is really the best option anymore.
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December 21, 2013 12:50:00 PM

bryonhowley said:
However if you got Windows 8 OEM you can carry that over to a different PC. With Windows 8 Microsoft changed that requirement and it is no longer tied to the motherboard it was installed on. So in a couple years if you upgraded the motherboard or moved over to a complete new rig you could install it with the same key on to the new rig as long as you are only using on one PC at a time. It is really the best option anymore.


That's very interesting.Thank you. Just not sure of the "tile" system of 8 ????? I like to see a nice clean desktop with as few icons as possible.
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December 21, 2013 11:10:59 PM

I like to see a nice clean desktop with as few icons as possible.

You can - I have two on mine along with my favourite wallpaper.
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