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Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2014, 12:23:07 PM »
As long as you buy 1 piece of hardware you can. The old trick was when you bought a Windows cd you buy something else as simply as the old school audio cables for cd roms.

Buy a stick of memory, a new hard drive, anything. At the same time MS is not going to come knocking on 1 persons door because of it and there is no way for them to tell at all unless they came and looked at your computer.

I build all of my computers so I never even think about it :-)

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014, 12:39:36 PM »
#1 Does one have to buy a piece of hardware?

#2 How about SR-71 Blackbird's reply at http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/384036-31-installing-win7-hard-drive on February 9, 2013 9:48:39 PM ?

#3 But not resold it?

#4 Where does one get a retail copy of Windows 7, how much will that cost?

#5 Also Walmart online offers Ship to Store (shipping the item to the store of your choice). Is it possible to get Windows 7 Retail version - Ship to Store?

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2014, 01:03:45 PM »
#1. Yes just buy any piece.

#3 & 4. newegg doesnt even offer a retail version of 7 anymore only 8. Not sure if retail 7 is still out. But OEm is and will be for a while
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416806

#5. Dont know. i hate walmart and never order anything from them lol

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 12:25:26 PM »
Rat, but I guess ok considering - OEM once installed, while can be removed, can not use on another computer.

Anyways...

How does one install OEM software? And just to be clear, not from HP as example.

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[EDIT] PS. Please feel free to split this topic, if I go to far off topic...
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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 05:21:54 PM »
I am not sure you are thinking of OEM software the same way I am.

OEM is just a form of license, nothing more, it is still the same software as it would be with out the OEM :-)

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2014, 12:56:12 PM »
Oh, ok.

Let us try it this way.

#1 Do I have to use Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (Windows OPK)?

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http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/installation/downloads/Pages/windows_7_opk.aspx

#2 If so, how? Without first creating/signing into a MS Account (by this, I mean after I click either on the link to Quick Start for System Builders .pdf 116 KB Or the Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for OEMs - I am prompted to create/sign into a MS Account to get that/those files.)

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 11:12:26 PM »
No, you don't have to use OPK. If you really wanted to follow what Blackbird said you could sell the built machine to yourself or a friend or family member and then they could gift it to you but like Shane said, MS isn't going to check a single use case. I've used OEM since I found out about them and there has never been a problem. In fact I've moved the license to new machines numerous times. What happens in that case is you have to call MS support and do a phone activation. You tell them your license key and they give you an activation code and you activate and you're done. Always go with OEM if given the choice.

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2014, 08:47:39 AM »
Even with OEM if the license was on a old machine and you no longer use it you can use it on a new machine. They just dont want you having more than 1 computer using the same cd key.

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2014, 11:25:43 AM »
My Dell computer is a pain in the neck.

#1 Since OEM assumes that there is no data on my drive, I wiped the Partitions on the drive. Good bye, XP (cough)

#2 When I tried to boot from the DVD, my computer complained that there are no Active Partitions.

#3 Which is odd because for example, I am still able to boot from an ubuntu CD/DVD on this computer.

#4 I was wondering if there was something else I have to do so that I can install this OEM on my computer.

Like wiping the drive with all 0's at least once.

I also saw http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/62/t1438495-need-help-installing-windows-7-oem-for-system-builders/ and I was wondering if I really need to use the tool that is addressed on http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/installation/downloads/Pages/windows_7_opk.aspx

Thank you.

[EDIT] New thread, because this is sort of solved....
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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2014, 12:56:00 PM »
Sounds like your system is set to use ahci for the drives and the Windows 7 setup doesnt have drivers for it so it doesnt see the drive.

Thats when you find the driver it needs and put it on a thumb drive and you can load the driver when it gets to the hard drive screen during setup.

Windows wont overwrite the old windows install unless you tell it to. So if you never even got to that point then it is possible something else is going on.

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Re: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2014, 12:56:00 PM »