Will the OEM version work in my situation?


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Initial post: 8 Feb 2011 23:18:53 GMT
Ben Mclewee says:
Right so in September I bought a copy of W7 but it appears I was sold a DSM copy and not a retail version. Microsoft have blocked my product ID and so I can't activate it. I had done a reinstall recently that's why I had to reactivate.
It looks as if I will get my money back for it, but obviously need to replace the OS with a new copy.
My question is will I be able to use the OEM version to reinstall the OS?
As in when I go to advanced recovery and choose Reinstall Windows [Reqires Windows Installation Disk] will the OEM version be sufficient to work in doing the job of the reinstall?
I'm asking cos my knowledge on this stuff is limited and see that the OEM is for builders and I did originally buy a custom PC without an OS but am wondering if the OEM needs to be applied to a blank system or will do the job as a reinstall?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can guide me!

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 18:35:03 BDT
Yes. The OEM version is EXACTLY the same as the full version but without Microsoft support e.g. technical support (windows update can be downloaded).

Posted on 1 Jan 2012 16:53:35 GMT
if I have had a break down on my Hard drive so will need to start from scratch can I use the OME version of windows 7 or do i have to buy the full version to get my computer up and running

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 22:31:37 GMT
A. Orange says:
Yes, it will work, please note, that OEM licenses have certain restrictions:

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

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