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    Not a 'system builder'ócan I install from OEM disk?

    I want to install Win7 on Boot Camp partition of my MacBook Pro. The disk arrived today, and I have not yet opened it. Before I break the seal, I'd like to know it's safe to proceed. The documentation on the package says: "OEM System Builder Pack. Intended for system builders ONLY." It goes on to define a system builder as " ... an original equipment manufacturer, an assembler, a refurbisher, or a software pre-installer that sells the Customer System(s) to a third party." And then: "You accept this license when you open this Pack."

    Now, Amazon, NewEgg, and many other vendors sell this stuff, and I'm sure not every buyer is a bona fide "system builder." I just want to make absolutely sure that I'm going to be okay if I "open this Pack." I've read elsewhere on this forum that OEM basically means that the end user can't expect any help from Microsoft Corporation if something goes wrong. Is that really all there is to it? Or am I treading on thin ice here? I don't want to throw away my $90.

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    System builder disks will be tied to whatever computer you install them on, forever, or until they go in the junk heap.
    And yes, you can say goodbye to MS support, you are now your own support.

    You may consider yourself the refurbisher, assembler, 3rd party buyer.
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    Thank you!

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    Caesar,

    IIRC, Microsoft WILL help you with installation or updating issues.

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