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OEM win 7 64 bit

Well building 2nd pc and wanted to use win7 find out i cant buy it but only a OEM version which i need some more explaning about. Im pretty irritated that they force you to purchase win8 and throw a win7 OEM that from i've heard is a 1 time use.
I'm a gamer and most games aren't win8 friendly correct? I've heard that also the OEM version is cheaper but all i seem to find is that its still 100.00 $
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  1. OEM can only be installed on 1 computer. You cant transfer it. If you upgrade your motherboard, you might need to get a new license unless you call microsoft and get lucky.
  2. What games don't play on Win 8?
  3. So once i get my oem version install throw the disk in the trash and thats that!
  4. aubrey08 said:
    So once i get my oem version install throw the disk in the trash and thats that!

    By no means should you throw away the disk!

    What if you need to reinstall the OS, or repair it even?

    OEM just means it's tied to that computer - as long as you don't change out the motherboard, then you can upgrade the computer as much as you like.
  5. ahh i gotcha guess the guys at bestbuy are tards......they said even if u reinstall windows slick drive its no good see thats why i come here thanks
  6. Yeah, Geek Squad doesn't really hire based on qualifications, they hire based on "can you drive?" and "Can you memorize a scripted flowchart for diagnostics?"
  7. Gonna buy win8 for the wife, guess thats what she wants now found it but the price doesn't seem right can someone confirm this

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    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).

    Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

    License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
  9. OEM 8 is different and license can be transferred to a new computer if your old one fails.

    Because of the change in OEM LICENSING with windows 8 , I would purchase 8.
  10. Well im gonna purchase this win7 homepremium 64 bit because the GA-870A-UD3-Phenom II X6 does not support win8 would this be the correct one to buy?
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