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I got my copy of Windows7 Ultimate from the Microsoft Retail site (expertzone) and it arrived as just disks.... how can I tell if it's OEM? I've yet to try and load it on a different computer. Oh and if it matters it came as 2 disks one 32bit and a 64bit version.
What makes it "retail" is in the keys, not the software itself.

If you bought it right from MS, you have nothing to worry about.
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There's student discounted version for 29.99 right now online. but you need an .edu email and you have to pay extra for the CDs but will still come out to be cheaper than newegg.
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Folks - I have been living the life of an OEM Win 7 for a long time. I have dealt with this at length and have been advise by Microsoft tech support that an OEM copy is good for up to 10 different diskdrive loads. Once you try and install it on an 11th drive that is different from the other 10 you have to call and have them reset it...also after your ten disk limit you have to call and have it reset everytime you reload...I have about a dozen disks I have used since going down the "OEM" road and now I'm basically on a first name basis with Tech support...of course I could just stop swapping drives but i can't for work purposes...
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Folks - I have been living the life of an OEM Win 7 for a long time. I have dealt with this at length and have been advise by Microsoft tech support that an OEM copy is good for up to 10 different diskdrive loads. Once you try and install it on an 11th drive that is different from the other 10 you have to call and have them reset it...also after your ten disk limit you have to call and have it reset everytime you reload...I have about a dozen disks I have used since going down the "OEM" road and now I'm basically on a first name basis with Tech support...of course I could just stop swapping drives but i can't for work purposes...

Just to clarify... You can re-install OEM Win7 10 times on the same PC before running into activation issues?
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Just to clarify... You can re-install OEM Win7 10 times on the same PC before running into activation issues?
According to MS tech support as long as you don't change your hard drive you can load the OS without using up your 10 load limit...how MS knows what hard drive you use is beyond me...But it's about 45 min explaining your situation to tech support and giving multiple promises that you are doing what is allowed before you get the activation code reset...
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