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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Windows yet, April 13, 2011
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This review is from: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging] (Software)
I love Windows 7, I just wish I didn't have to pay over 200 bucks to get it. It comes in a clear case with lots of warnings that it's intended for system builders only, yada yada. I installed it in my computer and it works great. I didn't have to wait four hours to download updates from windows, that was the best part. Installed perfectly first time, completely genuine and comes in a sealed package with serial and sticker.
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Initial post: May 3, 2011 5:27:59 AM PDT
When you install an OEM version of windows you can't upgrade the motherboard. If your motherboard breaks, then you can RMA for an exact replica, but other than that it's the only difference. More info:

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

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 11:25:52 AM PDT
Tom says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2011 10:19:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2011 10:32:45 PM PDT
G. Morrison says:
Tom, you have to be careful with driver compatibility--many expensive, quality peripherals and cards are "paperweights" in the open source world. Linux simply won't work, in any manner, with complex games really hot now--especially new ones. Windows is King in gaming--no way around it. (It's not just driver compatibility--it's graphics software expertise and maturity, also--as explained later.)

As for finding compatibility in your devices (or candidates for purchase), often info is old, inconvenient, and sketchy (legacy devices that don't exist for sale anymore too often pop up in databases)--it may even take intelligent "intuition" to have any idea concerning compatibility for certain devices.

It seems that linux really isn't really optimized well, in any manner, for multimedia and graphics--unlike Windows. Eventually, such companies as nVidia and ATi get around to letting a person write drivers for open source for a day or two. Driver development in open source, especially for graphics cards, is an afterthought and may prove very sketchy--thus, it's often error-prone. Most believe nVidia shines in open source better than ATi--nVidia apparently wishes to invest somewhat more time, money, and effort in it....

As for specialized multimedia and media editing, Windows generally has drivers and is catching up, Apple has a big footprint and heritage, though--Apple still is King.

As for networking, linux is based upon unix--which was used for DOD's "arcanet"--the genesis of the internet. People and companies like their servers to use unix or a unix-based OS, if possible. Lean and mean--open source has great heritage and is King in networking.

I too, like the gratis nature of open source. It seems, though, that open source is getting away from adequately supporting simple legacy devices it used to support so well. (Some of this is the fault of AMD/ATi, nVidia, and other companies desiring to force users to upgrade graphics chips, etc. They refuse to upgrade/fix older drivers now--just as they do with Windows.)

It seems now, much as NASA is proving to us, linux is losing its way. The priorities don't seem right anymore.... Nonetheless, I do desire to use linux solely in most systems (I tend to keep legacy hardware, worthless to most these days, alive) in my home--for cost reasons as well as for security concerns (MS is a big, fat, easy target for malware.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2011 12:33:55 PM PDT
uno2tres says:
I may be wrong but I believe it is possible to upgrade either the motherboard or the cpu if you have oem windows 7, just not both at the same time (ie. start out with an athlon II and a am2+ mobo, upgrade the mobo to a am3+ model and the upgrade the cpu to a bulldozer chip)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 1:27:01 PM PST
Jack London says:
If you read the licensing carefully, if your motherboard fails, you can only replace it with the exact same make and model motherboard. So if you buy OEM, it might be a good idea to take a look at the warranty on the motherboard. If it's a fairly short one, you might not be able to find an exact model replacement model motherboard, thus requiring you to a new OS. That happened to me twice., On the first one I just ordered a new motherboard just like the one I had, same make, model etc as it was only a $60 dollars or so motherboard.

On the second motherboard that failed, I had bought an extended warranty for the motherboard as it was a fairly expensive one, but the motherboard had issues and so the company came out with a newer version. Even though I got the money to buy a new motherboard, I didn't want to replace it with the one that had issues (and it was getting hard to find by then), so I'm going to be buying a new Windows 7 OS to replace the old one. In this instance, I would have come out better if I had bought the regular retail version. But I do build my systems, as do many others. It wouldn't hurt to either take a look at getting the retail version or buying a second motherboard when you build your system as if the motherboard fails and the same model is not available or the manufacturer can't repair it, you're out of luck and will have to buy a new OS.

The motherboard I have now that I haven't installed yet is an EVGA with a lifetime warranty. But I'm weighing the pros and cons of buying the builder version or the consumer version. I'm leaning towards buying the retail version. It's not that much more expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 12:19:53 AM PST
Mark E says:
Tom - I have Linux installed on one of my PCs and its a fine operating system with its own limitations, but please don't be one of those obnoxious fanboy trolls. I suppose if you're one of those ranting anti-Capitalist, Bill Gates-hating occupiers, Ubuntu would be your best choice; but if you want support outside of the community forums you're still gonna have to pay for it in one way or another. Nothing is free.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 12:32:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 11, 2012 12:34:15 AM PDT
"Mad Dog" says:
Amazon states in product description " . . . and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed." Does anyone know if this is ENFORCED by Microsoft or just words? That would be a bummer if the computer broke beyond repair or you make significant hardware upgrades and you couldn't install the O/S! If this is the case, might be smarter to buy the retail version of Professional (do we really need the extra few features of Ultimate vs Professional?)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 12:41:32 AM PDT
"Mad Dog" says:
Does Microsoft actually enforce the original computer policy or is it just words?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2013 10:05:24 AM PDT
pylon567 says:
I bought an OEM version of XP Pro in 2004 for my first build. Re-did everything for my 2nd and used that copy of XP on the new one. No leftover parts and it still worked.

I don't guarantee it'll work, but all installations went through without a hitch for activation.
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