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    Win 7 oem question

    I've read some related threads here but they are several years old. I have built my own pcs for 20 years. One year ago I built my girlfriend a new Win 7 oem box with the os bought from Newegg. I activated it no problem. I want to build another for my son but I was told by a friend in the business that the oem version, even though legally bought with a legitimate key, will not be activated anymore even though it is on a brand new system. I thought that if that is true I would buy a retail version. I can't find one that is not an oem. Anyone have any recent experience with this issue?

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    What are you trying to do?

    Are you hoping that the OEM license will be valid for a new system you are building when it is already installed on another system?

    PS Welcome to the forum!

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    No, I'll buy a new copy of Win 7 Home Premium which will come with new license, and install it on a brand new hard drive in a Amd/Gigabyte system that only runs Linux now. I built it 2 months ago but want to put Win 7 on it and give it to my son. I'm worried that with the changes to oem licenses I won't be able to activate because I am a "home builder" not a pro shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starman38 View Post
    No, I'll buy a new copy of Win 7 Home Premium which will come with new license, and install it on a brand new hard drive in a Amd/Gigabyte system that only runs Linux now. I built it 2 months ago but want to put Win 7 on it and give it to my son. I'm worried that with the changes to oem licenses I won't be able to activate because I am a "home builder" not a pro shop.
    Whether you are a home builder or a pro shop doesn't matter, regarding licensing. If you buy an OEM version and use it on a new PC, even built by you, that is a legitimate use of an OEM version.
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    Thank you, ruirib, I'll go ahead then.

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    The key here with OEM...is that it's not transferable and it's permanently tied to that particular PC forever. With a retail OS, it is transferable...meaning you can install and uninstall as you like on any system....but only on one system at a time.

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