Windows 7 OEM

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by lifehags, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. lifehags

    lifehags MDL Member

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    I updated windows operating system to windows 8 and was wondering if I could reuse my windows 7 product key. It is OEM so I am not so sure. Any help is appreciated!
    Thanks!
     
  2. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    Per the Microsoft EULA, your OEM license limits the OS to installation on only that hardware it was originally paired with. You are allowed to make hardware changes as parts age or break, but reusing it on another completely new and different computer is contrary to the Microsoft license.

    Last I checked, a new main board itself constitutes a new computer.
     
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  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    That applies for OEM-Brand Versions, like Acer, Dell, Sony and others. There's also an non-branded OEM Version of Windows 7 and that simply allows you on which ever hardware you like!
     
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  4. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    Great! Would you please post relevant parts of the EULA you're speaking of. I'd like to know what I'm looking for when I review my licenses.
     
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  5. rjk123

    rjk123 MDL Member

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    Once the OEM key is used, it remains "married" to the original system / hardware forever. An installation id was transmitted to MS servers at original activation, and online re-activation will most likely fail. You may get away with re-activating through the automated phone system (slui 4), but strictly speaking that is not legal.
     
  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Are you to lazy to do your own search/work and look online for that info?
     
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  7. rjk123

    rjk123 MDL Member

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    #7 rjk123, Dec 2, 2014
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    What you can get away with, and what is strictly legal, may not be the same.

    Non-branded oem keys are the so called "system builder" licenses. The terms seem to change with each Windows release, and have never been strongly enforced. For Windows 7, they were intended for small time system builders, and an end user was not supposed to have one of these style oem keys, even though many large retail chains would sell them at lower cost than retail keys. As opposed to retail keys, they were not allowed to transfer to new hardware once used. For Windows 8, oem system builder were allowed to be sold to end user for personal use. I guess that is gone again for 8.1
     
  8. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    True terms of System Builder vary even depending on where you live. In parts of Europe they can be sold freely as such pairing is not allowed by law.
     
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  9. urie

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    #9 urie, Dec 2, 2014
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    Already had this discussion but member CEW posted a link here EU rules but they do not apply to UK. oem none slp or system builder is still tied to original hardware in the UK only retail can be transferred obviously when removed from first machine.
     
  10. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Thanks god I'm not in the UK. They even drive on the wrong side of the road, lol.
     
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  11. CEW

    CEW MDL Member

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    #11 CEW, Dec 6, 2014
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    The UK does not have the European currency (the Euro ) , however, it is in the EU. Therefore EU ruling applies.

    It is confusing for everybody else. The EU itself is confusing even to many who are in it.

    NOTE: It is entirely possible UK may be leaving EU in the next year or two.That shouldn't make any difference to the the software situation. The UK has it's own laws re restraint of trade which would apply. Software corps won't even bother to try it on.
     
  12. deathero

    deathero MDL Junior Member

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    OEM keys are tied to the OS such as windows 7 and M$ has made it so you cannot use a Windows 7 OEM key with windows 8.1.
     
  13. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Addicted

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    I am surprised that no one noticed that before. LOL
    Good eye:biggrin:
     
  14. CEW

    CEW MDL Member

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    Did the OP say he wants to use 7 key for 8.1?

    Where did he say that?
     
  15. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    No need to say it explicitly, it's obvious as the OP sentence states, it is implicitly said.:D
     
  16. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    that is on the idea that it is an OEM key and even though it came with 7, it might work with 8 lol. No dice my friend.
     
  17. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    OP is a little vague. It seems hard to believe that he/she would be trying to use a Windows 7 key to activate Windows 8, but we do see people doing hard to believe things around here. :(
     
  18. urie

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    I don't think the post is vague he upgraded to windows 8 he is not trying to activate windows 8 with his seven key just want to know if his windows 7 key will still work and it should if he dual boots on original machine.
     
  19. EFA11

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    wow I didn't get all that hah Thanks Urie
     
  20. oldsh_t

    oldsh_t MDL Addicted

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    The OP says:
    That to me looks like he did an upgrade of his present system which was Win7.

    But I can see that he/she is a little vague and we will only know when the OP chimes in and lets us know exactly what was done.