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Questions on oem liscense

  • Dell Inspiron
  • OEM
  • Motherboards
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
December 11, 2012 12:18:46 AM

I have a dell inspiron 560, and I recently just bought a new motherboard. As it ships in the mail ive been doing research and realized i have an oem liscence. Ive done some researd, none looking too positive about being able to use the same os without buying another..:( 

What im asking- is there any way I can continue to use my OS without having to purchase another version? Reformating my hdd/ resetting parts on my comp is not an issue.

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December 11, 2012 1:02:00 AM

If it wasnt OEM Win7 you could transfer motherboards and not have to re-install windows, however, if the OEM Licesnse key isnt out of uses, you can use it again when you re-install windows with your new motherboard
December 11, 2012 1:13:45 AM

so like would reformatting the hdd make it think it hasnt been used? or how should i make it so i can use it again? thanks
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a c 3596 V Motherboard
a c 598 $ Windows 7
December 11, 2012 1:18:55 AM

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 ^
December 11, 2012 1:26:05 AM

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