Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Lump, Feb 15, 2010.
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I'm not sure you can buy an OEM license... OEM channel is only for OEM BRAND PC with preinstalled W7.
You can buy a full license or an Update license... may be I'm wrong, but... I'm quite sure about that...
Considering that COA based Retail OEM activations do not use SLIC in any way, you have legal grounds to complain if they do de-activate you.
You can always flash your BIOS back to the original latest version.
The question is.. how?
As explained by Mr Jinje, you don't need to.
The OEM version you can buy in a store is not the same as used by branded computers, it is retail, so you don't need SLIC. Just install and activate your windows.
P.S.: these OEM versions are intended to be used by computer builders, read the EULA.
I was thinking of doing the same, I used Remove WAT to install Windows 7 Home Premium on an older laptop. Do I purchase an upgrade version or do I have to install the full version?
Ah ok... so the fact that my ASUS says DELL in SLIC doesnt make my installation go bad. Just for my information? will it overwrite that information?
No, it won't overwrite it but the Key you buy in the shop is different than the OEM:SLP Keys from OEM-Computers. The information is still there but the bought version won't use it.
No - it will not overwrite that information.
SLIC is for the big OEM companies like Acer. ASUS, Dell etc.
Most motherboards do not have SLIC tables in them.
When you buy an OEM Windows from a store it is really just a retail version and it activates over the internet just the same -
BUT once activated it is tied to the board it was installed to AND it cannot be transferred to another motherboard - This is why it is cheaper.
Just download a BIOS from your motherboards support site if you really feel the need to BUT I wouldn't bother if your current BIOS is ok.
It can be transfered but maybe can't get activated over internet. you have to call M$ for activation.
To put it as simply as I can, what you buy at a store like Best Buy is a Retail version. The Retail version does not use SLIC, so you are free to use a retail version on any computer, regardless of the BIOS.
Honestly, I would not touch your BIOS at all if you plan to buy a retail copy of Win7.
Well, I recently upgraded the bios firmware but the SLIC information is still there.. I guess its not possible that part of information.
How about the Windows 7 Loader. I installed it as well, could that cause any problem and/or do I need to uninstall the patch?
Sorry for all my questions. I just wanna know for sure i'm not going to have some nasty issues when installing.
I think you answered your own question.
Run the bootsect.exe command (see Repository for details)
Ok, so just clear out the MBR and that should do the trick.
Any other idea about howto restore the original data in the SLIC table?
Just to have everything clean and how it should be?
hmmm i'm still a bit confused about the SLIC part. Ive just seen an article about someone who says MS will block the certificates stored in SLIC. In my case I got a Dell based certificate installed in SLIC.
So if microsoft will block that certificate my legal Win version will get blocked as well?
Ya, my thoughts exactly. If the bios modded SLIC is not cleared and the original restored how will your system be safe from WAT update even if u bought the retail verison.
No, Microsoft cannot see what is in your bios. If you have bought a legit licence key, be it Retail or OEM then you will be fine to activate it over the net.
If you are currently activated via a loader or via a certificate/OEM licence key, you will need to remove these before you try and activate with the new licence you bought.
On your other point, MS cannot block the Slic table in your bios, only the OEM keys that the big manufacturers have been using to preactivate machines sold since its release.
Really - all this panic about becoming de-activated. When M$ released SP1 for Vista it they said it was going to fix all activation exploits - IT DIDN'T and loaders still work as is proven on these forums.
The loader is providing the SLIC information as well as any BIOS mods present. Getting rid of the loader is a good idea - and easy - flashing your BIOS back to the original or updated genuine BIOS for your board is optional.
Just thought, MS could however upgrade the slic from the 2.1 that is currently used, but this would have a major impact on every pc/laptop that has been sold since win7 was released.
If they did go that way every pc/laptop will need a bios update. For me I dont think MS will go that far, or they will have a massive pr battle with current owners that suddenly become unactivated!!