Will I need to buy Win 7 again??

The answer is probably obvious, but I do not know for sure. My current PC came with Windows 7 64 bit installed. I am currently building a new PC, and would like to know if I need to buy the OS again. I have my product key and product ID but no CD.

My friend said I could call and since I have my ID and key, I could get a new disc sent to me, that I can use to get Windows 7 on my new build.
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  1. More than likely the version that came with your computer is a OEM license and is locked to that motherboard, which is typically the case.

    Just because you have a product key and product ID, they will not necessarily send you a CD.

    For safety's sake, I would get a non-OEM copy so that you can move it if you happen to change the motherboard or have to reinstall at a later date.
  2. hedwar2011 said:
    More than likely the version that came with your computer is a OEM license and is locked to that motherboard, which is typically the case.

    Just because you have a product key and product ID, they will not necessarily send you a CD.

    For safety's sake, I would get a non-OEM copy so that you can move it if you happen to change the motherboard or have to reinstall at a later date.

    True. My W7 is OEM. I can not find a non-OEM copy anywhere. Do you know where I can find one?
  3. 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 ^
  4. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    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 ^


    SR-71 Blackbird said:


    He beat me to it :kaola: :kaola:
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