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Windows 7 OEM VS Windows 7 upgrade or Retail

By Snuffy09 ·
Besides the lack of microsoft support on the OEM version whats the difference?

If you install the OEM version on a computer and later deside to upgrade (hardware) can you install it (OEM OS) on the "new" computer?

I am always upgrading my hardware so im wondering if the OEM is worth it. i could buy an OEM twice and still not cost as much as the retail (Windows 7 Pro OEM)

$139 vs $299 ouch!

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You better have a look at this chart ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows 7 OEM VS Windows ...

http://www.lockergnome.com/marcerickson/files/2009/10/windows7-upgrade-chart.png

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this is what i was looking for

by Snuffy09 In reply to You better have a look at ...

"The license expires if you change the motherboard of the PC you have Windows 7 (and Vista) running on. This applies to all Windows Vista and 7 licenses, not just OEM copies. The difference is, with a full retail copy, you only need to reactive your copy of Windows, whereas with an OEM license you would have to you would have to buy another copy."

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You've shifted the goal-posts now ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to this is what i was lookin ...

"If you install the OEM version on a computer and later deside to upgrade can you install it on the new computer if you do not register?" is what you originally said.

'Not registering' & 'Reactivating' aren't even in the same ballpark!

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Sorry for being unclear

by Snuffy09 In reply to You've shifted the goal-p ...
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Depends on how you address the changes

by OH Smeg In reply to this is what i was lookin ...

If it is a Upgrade M$ should accept the fact and allow you to Reactivate the product.

But if you class it as a New Computer then you have to buy a New License.

You should look at the differences between a Upgrade and New System here. But what you will find with whatever is that the constant Reactivations become Painful eventually. I personally stopped using that type of License years ago and went to all Volume License which has it's own problems but generally speaking they are fewer and less severe.

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You can't change major hardware or computer with OEM version.

by seanferd In reply to Windows 7 OEM VS Windows ...

This a pretty good guide to Win7 licensing. Better than MS offers, anyway.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1514&tag=nl.e539

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