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Will I need to buy Win 7 again??

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December 28, 2012 1:41:49 AM

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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December 28, 2012 1:46:48 AM

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.
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December 28, 2012 3:16:11 AM

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?
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December 30, 2012 6:51:32 PM

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 ^
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December 31, 2012 12:16:34 AM

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:
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Home-Premium-Up... < buy retail upgrade

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-instal... < full install with upgrade media guide


He beat me to it :kaola:  :kaola: 

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