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Well i had a problem with my new build, Found out it dont support vista tongue.gif

So win7 works on it and all but see i have a retail version and the key is used for the other PC, I was wondering if its possible to get a official key from M$ or something?

Im kinda skeptical of buying a OEM copy from a retailer as something funny might happen with it or i may be locked down to a feature i would use once in a while.

/E BTW i have 2 keys for vista, Apparently you can use them and get win 7 still?

/EE If i can still upgrade, Wouldn't i need to use a upgrade disc instead of full retail?
Edited by MaxFTW - 5/3/12 at 1:55am
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You can buy an OEM disc if you have a source. It just gets locked to the motherboard.

Vista supports the upgrade disc, it would be a cheaper alternative to a full retail Windows 7 disc.

I run an OEM copy and have re-installed numerous times, just can't use it on other computers.

Full retail can be used on multiple machines/configurations (only one machine at a time obviously.).
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Post a wanted ad for a W7 key. I have bought 3 keys in the past for W7. The first 2 were OEM so each time I upgraded I had to get a new key (hate how those work.) But I think I paid like $25 bucks for a key, they are relatively cheap.
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Originally Posted by L0GIC View Post

You can buy an OEM disc if you have a source. It just gets locked to the motherboard.
Vista supports the upgrade disc, it would be a cheaper alternative to a full retail Windows 7 disc.
I run an OEM copy and have re-installed numerous times, just can't use it on other computers.
Full retail can be used on multiple machines/configurations (only one machine at a time obviously.).

So im guessing there completely fine as long as i dont change the mobo (and thats highly unlikely)
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I had an oem win7 disc. I fried my MB. I called Microsoft, explained to them exactly what happened. They activated my copy on the replacement mb.
So I say, nothing is written in stone.
But yes oem is a full version of the operating system.

EDIT Replacement MB was a different brand.
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DO NOT buy a key from just anywhere (especially e-bay). They are more that likely technet/MSDN keys that are not to be sold and will end up blacklisted.

I know Digital River sells just keys, but you have to sign up (not sure of the requirements).

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Originally Posted by Couch Potato View Post

I had an oem win7 disc. I fried my MB. I called Microsoft, explained to them exactly what happened. They activated my copy on the replacement mb.
So I say, nothing is written in stone.
But yes oem is a full version of the operating system.
EDIT Replacement MB was a different brand.
Just because they gave you a key does not make it legit. See the link in my sig about OEM.
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Quote:
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Just because they gave you a key does not make it legit. See the link in my sig about OEM.

I stand semi corrected

Microsoft will honor the license if the Motherboard is replaced thru RMA (as per last line below)

Other then that I would think it would be improbable MS would win a case against consumer where MS reactivated the key of an OEM version.

FROM YOUR LINK
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•Rather than purchase completely new PCs, my organization performs in-place upgrades to the hardware on many of our computers. We often times only replace the motherboard, processor, and memory. Since the COA is still on the case and the OS is still installed on the hard drive, this computer is still licensed, right?
ANSWER. Generally, you may upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on your computer and maintain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software, with the exception of an upgrade or replacement of the motherboard. An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a "new personal computer." Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from one computer to another. Therefore, if the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer has been created, the original license expires, and a new full operating system license (not upgrade) is required. This is true even if the computer is covered under Software Assurance or other Volume License programs.
I asked for specific clarification on the following secion:


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Therefore, if the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer has been created, the original license expires, and a new full operating system license (not upgrade) is required.

Microsoft defines a defect by the warranty period of the device or motherboard (for home built machines). If you buy a Dell and it breaks and they replace it with a different machine, then they are responsible for replacing the voided OS license. (I suspected this was the case, and it was confirmed). In the case of a home built machine, if the motherboard is replaced via an RMA from the manufacturer and replaced with the identical model, than you are not breaking the license by reactivating.
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