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Windows 7 retail version

So If I were going to downgrade to windows 7, I know I would need the retail. But which one is that? Is it the OEM, or the one that says upgrade? Please help.
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    the oem with be set to that board if you could get the retail so you could be using it again if that system fail ,do not touch the upgrade .
  2. What about this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-Vista-Business-32-bit-SP1-Full-Version-DVD-License-Motherboard-/221367679143?_trksid=p2054897.l4275 I know it's Vista, but if I could find the same thing just for 7, could it work?
  3. For Windows 7
    Upgrade - to upgrade from and existing XP install to Win7. Not what you want
    OEM - for a full install. But tied to whatever motherboard is in there now
    Retail - For a full install, but may be moved to a different motherboard.

    For specific details, go here and click through the maddengly slow MS site:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProperty/UseTerms/Default.aspx

    And as always, one license, one PC.
  4. David444 said:
    What about this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-Vista-Business-32-bit-SP1-Full-Version-DVD-License-Motherboard-/221367679143?_trksid=p2054897.l4275 I know it's Vista, but if I could find the same thing just for 7, could it work?


    Nooooo. Not even a little.
    1. This is just the DVD, not including an activation key.
    2. Software from eBay, especially an OS, is always suspect.

    From that auction:
    More Options
    (1) If your computer was factory loaded with this Windows version, you can usually find the key on your computer. If so, you just need to purchase this DVD only and use your own key.
    (2) If your computer is running this Windows version but you need an activation key, we can also help.
    Please contact me if you are interested in these options.
  5. With a Windows OS, there is no concept of 'could it work'.
    Either it is an official, legal sale, of the right version....or it isn't.

    You want Win 7? Here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
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