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Hello,

I want to buy Windows 7 Home Premium - 64 Bit - Multilanguage (MUI) for a newly built desktop and I have few questions:

1) I read that only the the Enterprise and Ultimate Edition have the language pack (MUI), where you can fully convert the GUI to another language, but I see on Amazon and eBay Win7 Home Premium MUI is offered. What does it mean? Is it fully legit MUI?

2) The OEM is Dell labeled (recovery version), but they say that by law it can be installed on any new or old (non Dell) PC these days, with updates and whatnot. I read somewhere that OEM means no support from Microsoft, is it old information and OEM is fully working and legit to use?

I don't want to buy it and find out it's all broken and false. I'd be thankful for some insight.

Thank You
Edited by resis - 4/6/12 at 5:36pm
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Any Links?

Stay away from eBay, most of the time they're MSDN keys.
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If it says Dell on it, then the license is already tied to a Dell motherboard....meaning it is NOT legit.

OEM means that its tied to one motherboard only after you install it. It's still fully supported by Microsoft, you just have to keep that license with the motherboard that you buy it for, and you cannot transfer it to another one.

And yeah, don't buy your OS on ebay, such a bad idea.
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If it says Dell on it, then the license is already tied to a Dell motherboard....meaning it is NOT legit.
OEM means that its tied to one motherboard only after you install it. It's still fully supported by Microsoft, you just have to keep that license with the motherboard that you buy it for, and you cannot transfer it to another one.
And yeah, don't buy your OS on ebay, such a bad idea.

I haven't tried to use an OEM win7 disk, but every previous version this has been the case.

OP, newegg has sales on white box windows disks fairly often. Fry's used to have insane deals on them, I don't know if they do anymore, and I don't know what the shipping situation would be on them.
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Thanks for the replies!

I see the same OEM's on Amazon (german and UK). So you say I can install it anywhere, but then it is tied to the motherboard? In the description they claim it really can be installed anywhere and is not tied with any Dell PC and the license is not activated (package sealed), but the whole thing is a bit to unclear for me, so I better stay away from it. I better pay a little more and get what I want.

Can you suggest any places where to get Win 7 Home Premium 64bit for a good price and good international shipping policy? My problem is, I need english, or preferably MUI. Most places I looked have OEM's.

Only option I see is on Amazon.de (german):
Systembuilder Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit 1pk DSP OEI DVD
It's in english also. It doesn't say anywhere "OEM", but it says OEI, maybe it's just a typo mistake?
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Ok, OEI is basically OEM, too.

Win 7 Home Premium directly from Microsoft costs €199. The cheapest I found is €167 from an online shop.
As I understand the full retail ships with both, 32bit and 64bit, which why it is much more expensive than OEM's who are either 32bit or 64bit, right? I guess there is no way to buy a retail home Premium edition 64 bit only?

If you guys know where to get Win7 Home Premium (64 bit) english for even less than €167, I'd be greatful. biggrin.gif
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So I collected some information.

OEM means it is tied to your motherboard and activation works only via phone (automated phone activation). You can upgrade any hardware and reinstall the OEM version as many times as you wish, but if you upgrade your motherboard, you can only reactivate the OEM via phone and they ask you for a good reason why your motherboard was upgraded (some claim it was still an automated activation for them and they easily got a re-activation key).
I guess "upgrading the motherboard" can also mean installing it on a different PC, which they can not really know, at least people say they could do it, only had to do the phone re-activation thing.

Next thing is support, you have no right for any. Personally I never needed it and never will. Either it's internet or brains. Updates are not an issue.


OEM looks like a quick'n'cheap solution. I doubt I will upgrade my motherboard anytime soon, but I reinstall the OS often (to keep it clean and fast), shouldn't be a problem I guess. I wonder, who of you has an OEM version, and what is the experience?


Also I see Home Premium Multilinguals. Usually the Ultimate retail has the multilingual option, but I guess those OEMs have it build in, because they were originally meant to be distrubted with hardware all over the world? Am I seeing it right?


I see that there is a slight difference between OEM and SystemBuilder OEM. SB-OEM is generally more expensive, but I'm not sure what is the gain over the normal OEM.

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Hmm, I read someone installed Win7 30 days trial (from Microsoft page) and activated it with an OEM key he had from buying an OEM version. Is the key what identifies Win7 as OEM or is it the image on the DVD itself?

Is there a difference between the english Win 7 version purchased from the UK, compare4d to US Win7?

Questions...
Edited by resis - 4/7/12 at 1:52pm
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The difference b/w OEM and Retail Windows 7 is the Serial #, that is it. OEM serials are tied to the first mobo they are installed to while retail serials can be transferred b/w mobo's.

With OEM you can only get a replacement of the exact same mobo if yours fails. If you get a different one you need a new serial key.
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The difference b/w OEM and Retail Windows 7 is the Serial #, that is it. OEM serials are tied to the first mobo they are installed to while retail serials can be transferred b/w mobo's.

With OEM you can only get a replacement of the exact same mobo if yours fails. If you get a different one you need a new serial key.

This.

And the phone activation thing mentioned above, while that MAY work...you're technically violating Microsoft's terms for the OEM license, which means you're essentially at that point, using a pirated version (when you start using an OEM on a second motherboard).
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Ok, I will think this over. Thanks to all for the input.
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