my mum recently bought a new computer for work. before the computer was even turned on, the technical people were she works installed new software on it so she could access her work network from home.
i was wondering if i could use the product key for the original version of windows 7 that came on the machine.
1. mums computer was re-installed straight way with a version of windows xp
2. there is a windows 7 validation sticker on top of the machine
3. can i use that product key (to activate my own version of windows 7)
any knowledge on the subject would be appreciated
if I've worded anything in way you don't understand please feel free to ask
No. The license on that computer is an OEM license with a sticker put on the case. This is licensed to that computer(even though Win 7 is no longer on it). it came with Win 7 installed, and is not transferable to another m chine.
Thats no so clear cut... If both computers are from the same manufacturer and have the same version of windows 7 it could work. It all depends on the SLIC. If they are give it go. I won't say more about SLIC, as I might break a rule...
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
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).