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Ok so sometime ago my mother inlaw had a hard drive crash. Vista was the operating system. When I replaced the drive with a new one I bought an oem version of win 7. When installing it I was never prompted for the key. I assumed during validation it recognized her configuration, authenticated & she has never had a problem or prompt to do anything further with it. Question, is this normal or common? Also do you think now perhaps I will get away with installing this operating disk now on my new build with out a problem since the key was never brought into play?
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post #2 of 19
I don't have any experience with an OEM version of Windows 7, but I do have experience with OEM XP and I think the installer should have asked for the Product Key before you got to the desktop for the first time.

How did you obtain this OEM copy?


Edit: also, if it says that it's Activated, then don't worry. However, I recommend that you do not attempt to install this copy on any other computer.
Edited by TwoCables - 6/16/11 at 4:04am
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post #3 of 19
An OEM license is bound to the PC's mobo, that means the PC is locked with the operating system untill you call Microsoft support to remove the "lock" from the mobo, then you will be able to install Win 7 on a different PC or if you replace the mobo.

So it's common, as OEM is one license only.

EDIT: Windows 7(OEM) is made to validate your license when connecting to the internet. I think. Correct me if wrong :S
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post #4 of 19
Go to the start menu and search for activate windows, see if anything comes up when you click it. If it's says it's already activated, well, go ahead and try on another build, no one's guna hurt you!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
I don't have any experience with an OEM version of Windows 7, but I do have experience with OEM XP and I think the installer should have asked for the Product Key before you got to the desktop for the first time.

How did you obtain this OEM copy?
I purchased it a local computer repair shop where I bought the new hard drive & for what ever reason i was never prompted for a key. Like i said earlier i just figured windows recginized the computer configuration & accepted it.. That was & is my only exsperiance with loading win7
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Originally Posted by NoCardsHereAgain View Post
I purchased it a local computer repair shop where I bought the new hard drive & for what ever reason i was never prompted for a key. Like i said earlier i just figured windows recginized the computer configuration & accepted it.. That was & is my only exsperiance with loading win7
Does it say that it's activated?
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post #7 of 19
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An OEM license is bound to the PC's mobo, that means the PC is locked with the operating system untill you call Microsoft support to remove the "lock" from the mobo, then you will be able to install Win 7 on a different PC or if you replace the mobo.

So it's common, as OEM is one license only.

EDIT: Windows 7(OEM) is made to validate your license when connecting to the internet. I think. Correct me if wrong :S
I just assume since only the hard drive was changed it just picked it up as an update. Her computer is validated & shows no problem. So i dunno if somehow it just used her orginal key validation & computer configuration from her previous registration information of vista or does the disk some how have a number that registers it?? But i have never heared of that. I just not sure what to think of it till now because i could use the disk now for my new build
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Does it say that it's activated?
yes activated & functional with no more promps ever since i installed it.. It is online every nite
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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by NoCardsHereAgain View Post
yes activated & functional with no more promps ever since i installed it.. It is online every nite
it reffering to the computer not the mother inlaw
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post #10 of 19
lol it took me a 2nd read-through to get that one!

Anyway, does this disc actually say that it's an OEM copy? I mean, I'm getting concerned that it was a part of a Volume License Kit; I still think that it should have asked for the Product Key during the installation.
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