The infamous OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) [and why you don't need it] You're not alone if you questioned the wisdom of buying Windows 7 on a system builder DVD, given Microsoft's...
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The infamous OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) [and why you don't need it] You're not alone if you questioned the wisdom of buying Windows 7 on a system builder DVD, given Microsoft's penchant for bricking unauthorized, counterfeit and otherwise out-of-the-ordinary installations. I mean, look at all those warnings! What horrible fate awaits the PC user who fails to install the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) before installing Windows 7?
Nothing. Nada. El zippo.
The OPK is for PC vendors. It includes a setup assistant and a customizable welcome screen where the vendor can provide contact and support information. Vendors are required to install it because it constitutes an agreement between the vendor and the customer that the vendor will provide support, not Microsoft.
Since you're going to be your own tech support or can seek help from other Windows 7 users, you don't need the OEM Preinstallation Kit. Windows 7 will activate and update without it, and you'll save the hard drive space the OPK would have eaten up.
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Thanks for the info. Very informative. Just bought the Windows 7 Professional SP1 64Bit (Full) System Builder DVD and VmWare 4 to install on my iMac OS X Lion 10.7.1 system. Was so afraid when I read the box about installing the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) first. Thought I had purchased the wrong Windows 7 installation disc and was going to return it to Amazon. But after reading many satisfied posts and yours, I think I'm going to like this. I'm going to install it in bootcamp first, then install VmWare 4.