OEM vs. Retail

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by pomocnik, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. pomocnik

    pomocnik MDL Novice

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    what is the difference between OEM and Retail images? actually i have OEM, but in cas that i online buy retail key, can i use OEM image for install or need I retail image? thank you
     
  2. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    #2 FreeStyler, Aug 8, 2009
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    only difference, ei.cfg, all the rest 100% identical (verified hashes)

    ei.cfg retail:

    Code:
    [EditionID]
    Ultimate
    [Channel]
    RETAIL
    [VL]
    0
    ei.cfg oem:
    Code:
    [EditionID]
    Ultimate
    [Channel]
    OEM
    [VL]
    0
    This modification only seems to force setup to show the OEM eula
     
  3. Reign_Of_Freedom

    Reign_Of_Freedom MDL Expert

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    Pretty sure the image's are the same only difference is the ei.cfg file in the sources folder, someone will correct me if i'm wrong. :p

    Edit: Free posted before me so there's your answer. :p
     
  4. pomocnik

    pomocnik MDL Novice

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    in case that i remove ei.cfg is possible to use any key, right? oem or retail. on key depends
     
  5. YooBlu

    YooBlu MDL Novice

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    OEM will accept oem keys only and Retail can accept oem and retail if you use the slick hack thought.
     
  6. pomocnik

    pomocnik MDL Novice

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    i dont need any hack, my question is in case that i remove from OEM ISO ei.cfg, if i can use oem or retail keys.

    FreeStyler wrote that only difference is ei.cfg and thing written in ei.cfg. i remove ei.cfg - which key can i use after that?
     
  7. pomocnik

    pomocnik MDL Novice

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    when i have oem iso and use retail key, will it work?
    when i have retail iso and use oem key and cert, will it work?
     
  8. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    not sure, don't have a retail key to test ;)
     
  9. pomocnik

    pomocnik MDL Novice

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    ok, for sure i download both, oem and retail :)
     
  10. VelleX

    VelleX MDL Member

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    As already mentioned, the only difference is the ei.cfg. (and the DVD Label)
    I think you can use everey key. Does not make a difference if there stands OEM/Retail in the ei.cfg. I think its only for the License agreement, so that the OEM EULA shows up and not the retail EULA.
     
  11. PrEzi

    PrEzi MDL Addicted

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    no need to download OEM and Retail.
    Just use Retail with any keys.
    If you want it to activate like OEM just use a cert + a modded bios (or a lo@der).
     
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  12. Everilda

    Everilda MDL Senior Member

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    Just download either the RTM OEM or Retail iso. Then use something like UltraIso to delete the ei.cfg file from the \sources directory.
    Burn the Iso onto a disc.

    You will the be able to install any version of win 7 and use Retail or OEM keys.

    I believe the first Win 7 RTM Iso's released by Wazor did not have the ei.cfg file.
     
  13. EclipseSin

    EclipseSin MDL Member

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    #13 EclipseSin, Aug 8, 2009
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    If you change

    Code:
    [VL]
    0
    
    to

    Code:
    [VL]
    1
    
    It stops the OOBE from showing the key input screen too, whether one is installed with DISM or unattend file, or not. Just thought I'd throw that in there.