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Need Win 7 pro 64 bit for 1st build : Do I use OEM or retail?

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April 9, 2014 3:46:39 PM

Learning all l Can before first build. l want Win 7 pro 64 bit or ultimate. Confused as to whether I should get OEM or retail. Reading posts l gather OEM is not transferable, and retail is. But retail versions ( as in no OEM label) do not seen to be available.
Does this mean l will be unable to build a system and ever move the software to a second build?
My plan was to build a simple system get it running with win 7 for my needs. Then build a better one and migrate it over, and convert 1st machine to win 8 or Linux.
In Linux forum l was told my plans are not possible, yet in other older forums some claimed it was possible.
Any guidance would be welcome
a c 416 $ Windows 7
April 9, 2014 3:58:21 PM

With windows 7 OEM the license is tied to the first motherboard it's installed on.With Windows 8.1 you can move it to another build when you are done with this one , but only one computer at a time.With Windows 8.1 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 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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a c 594 $ Windows 7
April 9, 2014 4:02:21 PM

First off, you do not need Win 7 Ultimate. That is simply extra money you do not need to spend. It brings little if any benefit over Pro, and depending on your use, little benefit over Home Premium.

Win 7 OEM vs Retail:

Windows 7 OEM is licensed to the first motherboard it is installed with. That is the licensing agreement.
Having said that, MS may or may not authorize that license on a different PC (motherboard). They are under no obligation to do so.
It is cheaper for a reason.

Retail - you can reinstall on a different PC (motherboard) as needed. As always, only one PC at a time.

Rather than listening to what people on Linux boards say, go read the license agreements for yourself:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProper...
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April 9, 2014 4:03:03 PM

I've only ever purchased OEM versions of an OS. I've only ever purchased 1 and never had any problems migrating from 1 pc to the next as I upgraded.

Sometimes the OS won't automatically register itself if you've moved it a bunch of times (or had to format and reinstall a bunch of times) and you'll have to call Microsoft directly and do it over the phone. It's not hard and pretty quick and when they ask you how many computer's you've installed the OS on tell them 1.
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a c 594 $ Windows 7
April 9, 2014 4:14:34 PM

noahhicks said:
I've only ever purchased OEM versions of an OS. I've only ever purchased 1 and never had any problems migrating from 1 pc to the next as I upgraded.

Sometimes the OS won't automatically register itself if you've moved it a bunch of times (or had to format and reinstall a bunch of times) and you'll have to call Microsoft directly and do it over the phone. It's not hard and pretty quick and when they ask you how many computer's you've installed the OS on tell them 1.


They are often pretty lenient.
They are under no obligation to do so, though.
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April 9, 2014 6:33:50 PM

Thank you. It clears things up for me. Now, how do l get a retail copy of Wwidows 7. On part picker only OEM versions are listed. All others show as NIA. when I check retail stores like tiger direct same thing OEM. l also noticed WIN 7 seems to be vanishIng as well. should 1 be worried and hurry to get win 7, or in this temporary due to the XP issue?
Thanks
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April 9, 2014 7:02:06 PM

Yes I've read similar and also that they pushed the date back, seems like l'm stuck buying an OEM version only.
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a c 416 $ Windows 7
April 9, 2014 7:03:54 PM

OEM is fine.
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