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Windows 7 Pro OEM disc and upgrading HDD

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February 13, 2013 9:50:04 PM

A buddy of mine built a computer for me and it came with Windows 7 Pro OEM System Builder disc. I want to upgrade to a SSD and use the HDD that came with it as a storage drive, will I be able to reinstall windows on the SSD without issue?

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February 13, 2013 10:19:52 PM

Apart from the disk, did your frient also provide you with COA (Certifate of Authenticity), a hologram label with the activation key?
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February 13, 2013 10:21:43 PM

will I be able to reinstall windows on the SSD without issue? < Yes but you will have to use phone activation method.
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February 13, 2013 10:50:58 PM

Alabalcho said:
Apart from the disk, did your frient also provide you with COA (Certifate of Authenticity), a hologram label with the activation key?


yes the sticker is still on the case.
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February 13, 2013 10:53:29 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 ^


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 OEM 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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February 13, 2013 11:14:21 PM

Thanks for the info guys, sounds like I should be safe upgrading to a SSD :) 
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a c 420 $ Windows 7
February 13, 2013 11:32:09 PM

Glad to help.
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