OEM or Retail?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by P0C, May 29, 2011.

  1. P0C

    P0C MDL Novice

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    Hey guys, my friend built a new PC.

    He now wishes to purchase Windows 7.

    His dealer is offering him 2 options - OEM or Retail.

    The OEM one costs much less than the Retail version.

    Will the OEM version work on his PC?

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
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  3. P0C

    P0C MDL Novice

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    starams5, thanks a lot for the reply. Much appreciated :)

    Its an assembled system, not manufactured through HP/Dell/etc.

    This is the thing that really worries me:

    He's going to buy the above.

    Will the generic OEM DVD work without SLIC in BIOS/ACPI Table?
     
  4. BobSheep

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    No it won't work without a SLIC table, OEM Certificate and serial. Run SLIC Toolkit to see if there's a SLIC table. If there isn't then you could use a loader to inject one at boot time Windows 7/2008 Loader.
     
  5. P0C

    P0C MDL Novice

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    @BobSheep, thanks

    Nope it doesn't have a SLIC table as its a new Intel board.

    Can you please explain one more thing:

    h t t p://goo.gl/fbfgO

    Those who are buying the ^above products and succesfully activating, already have SLIC table & OEM certificate in their system, right?
     
  6. BobSheep

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    I will have to investigate further.
     
  7. BobSheep

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    This implies that a SLIC needs to be present but as you've said it's an Intel motherboard they maye be using this to insert a SLIC. How to is here but that should already have been done for you.
     
  8. FreeStyler

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    #8 FreeStyler, May 29, 2011
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    The Windows license the dealer is selling probably makes use of an OEM-NONSLP Key, in theory your friend doesn't need a SLIC in his bios using such license as a OEM-NONSLP key acts as being a Retail product key

    Friend might like to image/ghost his installation because of the limited times such a key can be used to activate (don't know the exact amount) or use something to backup and restore his activation