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is my Windows 7 Professional OEM?

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March 2, 2014 8:42:29 AM

I got my HP computer with windows 7 home professional and i know that it is OEM.
But soon after that I installed Windows 7 Professional and i am just wondering whether my computer OS is still considered OEM.

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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 8:45:01 AM

Where and how did you obtain this second Win 7 Pro?
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March 2, 2014 8:46:48 AM

my uncle gave me a copy of windows 7 professional that he wasnt going to use
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 8:49:05 AM

If you reinstalled with that Win 7 Pro, and it activated, then no....it is not still 'OEM'.
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March 2, 2014 8:50:07 AM

ok great. im thinking about upgrading my CPU, mobo and case, will this require me to buy a new copy of windows?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 8:57:00 AM

If you're thinking about reusing the OEM copy that came preinstalled, stop, that license is tied to the first motherboard it was installed on and cannot be transferred to another. The copy that your uncle gave you, are you certain that it's a retail copy? Check the product ID on the computer properties dialog, if you see -OEM- in the string then you cannot now use that on another computer as it is now tied to the HP.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 9:00:11 AM

babachicken said:
ok great. im thinking about upgrading my CPU, mobo and case, will this require me to buy a new copy of windows?


That depends on exactly what you uncle gave you.
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March 2, 2014 9:00:35 AM

it doesnt say OEM in the product key in my system properties
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a c 365 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 9:01:54 AM

You won't need to buy a new copy of Windows if it's not OEM, but you will need to re-install it after changing the the mobo.

This is necessary in order for Windows Setup to familiarize itself with the new hardware and for it to create a new hardware-specific Product ID string in the Registry (which is read by the product activation process). This Product ID String can can only be created during the Windows Setup process.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 9:02:51 AM

babachicken said:
it doesnt say OEM in the product key in my system properties


Not the Product Key...the Product ID.
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March 2, 2014 9:04:57 AM

USAFRet said:
babachicken said:
it doesnt say OEM in the product key in my system properties


Not the Product Key...the Product ID.


sorry, i meant product ID, it doesnt say OEM it is just a string of numbers
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 9:08:28 AM

In that case you can go ahead and use it on the new build. However, you must remove it from the computer it is currently installed on first.
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March 2, 2014 9:12:09 AM

how do i do that? because i would think that all the OS data would be saved on the hard drive
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 9:13:34 AM

Back up your data and run a factory restore on the HP. Afterward, restore your data. Use the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard.
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March 2, 2014 9:15:37 AM

i am so confused.... would i need to backup to another harddrive?
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March 2, 2014 9:19:23 AM

and when i get my new motherboard do i have to put a product key in the bios or something?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 9:24:12 AM

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i am so confused.... would i need to backup to another harddrive?

If you don't want to lose your data, yes.

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and when i get my new motherboard do i have to put a product key in the bios or something?

You install Windows normally, either giving the license key during install or waiting until after installation to activate. Either way you cannot have the same key in use on two machines at the same time.
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March 2, 2014 9:27:58 AM

so to clarify. I have to back up my computer onto another harddrive, which will then also have my OS on it. then factory restore my computer which will set it back to windows 7 OEM, then i install new CPU/mobo and it will boot up, then i transfer data from other harddrive back onto my computer
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 9:37:47 AM

Whoa, let's back up a little here.

What, specifically are you trying to do here?

So far you've said that you have an HP that came OEM.
You installed a retail copy of Windows on that HP, replacing the OEM copy.
You say your "thinking about upgrading my CPU, mobo and case".

What this looks like is that you are going to be building a new PC, giving you two, correct?
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 9:38:35 AM

babachicken said:
so to clarify. I have to back up my computer onto another harddrive, which will then also have my OS on it. then factory restore my computer which will set it back to windows 7 OEM, then i install new CPU/mobo and it will boot up, then i transfer data from other harddrive back onto my computer


No.

Assuming you have a valid Windows 7 Pro install disk with activation key:

Copy all your personal, critical data elsewhere. NOT the whole drive. Just 'your stuff'.
Install the new hardware
Install the OS from that Windows 7 Pro disk
Activate
Install your applications
Bring over whatever files you want from wherever you saved them.
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March 2, 2014 9:50:00 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
Whoa, let's back up a little here.

What, specifically are you trying to do here?

So far you've said that you have an HP that came OEM.
You installed a retail copy of Windows on that HP, replacing the OEM copy.
You say your "thinking about upgrading my CPU, mobo and case".

What this looks like is that you are going to be building a new PC, giving you two, correct?


Not exactly. I have an HP oem, and i want to upgrade my CPU,mobo and case.
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March 2, 2014 9:51:23 AM

oh and in the case that this may be important, my uncle works for microsoft and he bought windows 7 professional straight from the microsoft company store
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 9:54:07 AM

babachicken said:
ex_bubblehead said:
Whoa, let's back up a little here.

What, specifically are you trying to do here?

So far you've said that you have an HP that came OEM.
You installed a retail copy of Windows on that HP, replacing the OEM copy.
You say your "thinking about upgrading my CPU, mobo and case".

What this looks like is that you are going to be building a new PC, giving you two, correct?


Not exactly. I have an HP oem, and i want to upgrade my CPU,mobo and case.


Which is, in essence, building a 2nd PC.
What do you intend to do with the existing HP? You cannot leave the existing copy of Windows on it.
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March 2, 2014 10:07:38 AM

well, all that will be left with the existing HP is the old cpu mobo and case...
how will i transfer the existing copy of windows on that onto my new computer. that is my question...

so i thought about it a little i have a 16gig flashdrive that is enough just for the stuff that i want to copy. games and application make up the bulk of my computers taken HDD space which i can easily reinstall with steam.

and another question. If i have software such as vegas pro how would i back that stuff up?

i really intend to do nothing with my leftover HP
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March 2, 2014 10:12:08 AM

im still really confused about how to transfer windows 7 onto a new motherboard D:
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March 2, 2014 10:12:56 AM

it would be really awesome if one of you could give me a easy to understand list of instructions for what to do. I have the product key and install disc with me right now.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:14:20 AM

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how will i transfer the existing copy of windows on that onto my new computer. that is my question...

Reinstall the OS on the new hardware. Assuming of course that the Windows install you have is valid.

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and another question. If i have software such as vegas pro how would i back that stuff up?

Find the original install media and reinstall.

What you want to 'backup' is stuff that you have created. Applications will need to be reinstalled.
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March 2, 2014 10:19:12 AM

USAFRet said:
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how will i transfer the existing copy of windows on that onto my new computer. that is my question...

Reinstall the OS on the new hardware. Assuming of course that the Windows install you have is valid.

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and another question. If i have software such as vegas pro how would i back that stuff up?

Find the original install media and reinstall.

What you want to 'backup' is stuff that you have created. Applications will need to be reinstalled.


Ok, but cant only 1 product key work on each motherboard? that is what i have come to understand by now. or will the same product key work on the new motherboard

and ok i understand that i will have to reinstall programs that isnt too bad of a thing to do.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:23:48 AM

babachicken said:


Ok, but cant only 1 product key work on each motherboard? that is what i have come to understand by now. or will the same product key work on the new motherboard



A Windows 7 OEM license is tied to the first motherboard it is installed on.
A Retail license can be installed on new hardware.

Which do you have? What is the actual disk and license?
Earlier, you seemed to indicate the thing your uncle gave you was non-OEM.

And 1 license, 1 PC.
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March 2, 2014 10:29:06 AM

USAFRet said:
babachicken said:


Ok, but cant only 1 product key work on each motherboard? that is what i have come to understand by now. or will the same product key work on the new motherboard



A Windows 7 OEM license is tied to the first motherboard it is installed on.
A Retail license can be installed on new hardware.

Which do you have? What is the actual disk and license?
Earlier, you seemed to indicate the thing your uncle gave you was non-OEM.

And 1 license, 1 PC.


I have a windows 7 pro disc and key, but the key was used on this HP computer to replace the OEM windows 7 home premium.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:32:19 AM

babachicken said:
USAFRet said:
babachicken said:


Ok, but cant only 1 product key work on each motherboard? that is what i have come to understand by now. or will the same product key work on the new motherboard



A Windows 7 OEM license is tied to the first motherboard it is installed on.
A Retail license can be installed on new hardware.

Which do you have? What is the actual disk and license?
Earlier, you seemed to indicate the thing your uncle gave you was non-OEM.

And 1 license, 1 PC.


I have a windows 7 pro disc and key, but the key was used on this HP computer to replace the OEM windows 7 home premium.


If it is a full install disk, you are presumably OK. Install on the new hardware.
If it is some upgrade thing, then you may be screwed.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 10:32:58 AM

Wipe the drive in the HP and reuse the key. You can do that with Retail keys.
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March 2, 2014 10:34:26 AM

USAFRet said:
babachicken said:
USAFRet said:
babachicken said:


Ok, but cant only 1 product key work on each motherboard? that is what i have come to understand by now. or will the same product key work on the new motherboard



A Windows 7 OEM license is tied to the first motherboard it is installed on.
A Retail license can be installed on new hardware.

Which do you have? What is the actual disk and license?
Earlier, you seemed to indicate the thing your uncle gave you was non-OEM.

And 1 license, 1 PC.


I have a windows 7 pro disc and key, but the key was used on this HP computer to replace the OEM windows 7 home premium.


If it is a full install disk, you are presumably OK. Install on the new hardware.
If it is some upgrade thing, then you may be screwed.


it isnt an upgrade disk, but when i was installing the win 7 pro, it said that it was an upgrade
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March 2, 2014 10:35:54 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
Wipe the drive in the HP and reuse the key. You can do that with Retail keys.


so basically the key cannot be in more than one computer at once?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 10:37:17 AM

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so basically the key cannot be in more than one computer at once?

No basically about it. One key = One PC
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:37:33 AM

babachicken said:
ex_bubblehead said:
Wipe the drive in the HP and reuse the key. You can do that with Retail keys.


so basically the key cannot be in more than one computer at once?


Correct. 1 license, 1 PC.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:39:01 AM

babachicken said:

it isnt an upgrade disk, but when i was installing the win 7 pro, it said that it was an upgrade


OK, now we've gone in a completely different direction - upgrade vs full install.

We out here have no idea of what you actually have.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 2, 2014 10:39:12 AM

Why do I suddenly have "Groundhog Day" running around in my head? :) 
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March 2, 2014 10:42:18 AM

UGH.

My computer had windows 7 home premium initially, i never removed the OEM win 7. then i proceeded to put in the win 7 pro disc. it upgraded my computer to win 7 pro.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:43:08 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
Why do I suddenly have "Groundhog Day" running around in my head? :) 


My thoughts exactly.
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March 2, 2014 10:53:33 AM

i really don't want to purchase a new copy of windows i want to be able to use my same version.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 10:58:19 AM

babachicken said:
i really don't want to purchase a new copy of windows i want to be able to use my same version.


If it is a full, retail, install license, you can.
If it is something else, probably not.

Only you and your uncle know what it is.
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March 2, 2014 11:01:39 AM

it is a full install thing. i just used it on my computer to upgrade from windows 7 home premium OEM
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 11:06:07 AM

babachicken said:
it is a full install thing. i just used it on my computer to upgrade from windows 7 home premium OEM


Terminology:
Upgrade = upgrade from one OS to another. The original license is now defunct.
Full install = can install on a bare drive, or completely overwrite a previous install

If this is in fact a full install, you can install on your new hardware.
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March 2, 2014 11:10:14 AM

well i didnt use windows anytime upgrade to upgrade.
but i know that i did not install onto a bare drive, and i am not sure whether i overwrote previous installation
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March 2, 2014 11:18:14 AM

i did this over a year and a half ago and i realize that i just wasted a good copy of windows 7 pro
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 11:27:13 AM

babachicken said:
i did this over a year and a half ago and i realize that i just wasted a good copy of windows 7 pro


Not necessarily. If it is in fact a full retail copy, you can install it on the new hardware.
If...
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March 2, 2014 11:32:57 AM

i used that full retail copy on my hp computer to upgrade to windows 7pro. so i can still use the same key on the new hardware?
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
a b α HP
March 2, 2014 11:39:39 AM

babachicken said:
i used that full retail copy on my hp computer to upgrade to windows 7pro. so i can still use the same key on the new hardware?


As only you and your uncle know exactly what the disk and license is, all I can say is - probably.
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March 2, 2014 11:44:58 AM

damn. im pretty sure its a full retail. so in the case that it works. what are the steps i should follow starting from backing up stuff until booting up with new hardware.
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