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4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 Home (Builders Edition), July 20, 2011
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This review is from: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging] (DVD-ROM)
I wrote an earlier set of comments on Windows 7 Home OEM Builders Edition, but later discovered several errors in my facts.
This is my final, and hopefully accurate, assessment.

I gather there are four differences between the OEM version and retail, here they are:

1: You can only choose one version, 32-bit or 64-bit, but will not receive both discs, as in the retail version.
2: You can only install on one system. The OS is "married" to the motherboard and cannot be transferred to another computer.
3: You can NOT install later upgrades, such as the soon to be released Windows 8.
4: You will be entitled to updates and KB bulletins, but not phone or e-mail support for problems.

I am not 100% sure about the upgrade option, but the other facts are apparently correct.
As for me, the OEM restrictions are acceptable. Many customers are reporting problem free installations. A good sign.

I hope this final update helps.

Update (January 5th, 2014) : This is my second copy of Windows 7 Home Premium OEM. I just ordered it for myself as a Christmas present. Here's an important warning: For some reason, Microsoft has changed the Product Key from an easily read label to an almost illegible one. It's only about 6 by 15 millimeters. The printing is tiny, tiny, tiny. Even with a magnifying glass (which you MUST have), I spent nearly 20 minutes deciphering just 25 characters. Picture reading the mint (not just the date), on an old, warn dime. THATS how hard it is to read. It didn't help that three of them are apparently the letter D which at this scale looks almost identical to an O. Further, Microsoft now uses a background of alternating turquoise, orange, and dark blue areas with random "squiggle" patterns. I gather this was done to frustrate some kind of machine OCR devices. Unless your eye-sight is excellent, you should consider this product as virtually UNUSABLE.

What is Microsoft thinking?
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2011 5:06:21 AM PST
Jack Pliskin says:
your Review is helpful, I understand that once its installed its married to your motherboard, But what if My Mobo Fails and i have to Get it Replaced With The Same exact Model? will it still count as a new Pc and not work if my Mobo is still the same exact kind?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 12:29:22 AM PST
Actually Barber stop getting your info from poor sources. OEM is not married to a motherboard, it is registered to one computer at a time. You can call an 800 number and get it registered to any other computer or motherboard after taking it off the first.

Also OEM is upgrade able it Win 8 when it comes out 110%. Every computer you buy comes with OEM versions of the operating system and they all can be updated to new operating systems no problem.

Stop talking about what you know nothing about please.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 5:51:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2012 9:10:54 PM PDT
Norseman says:
I agree with Patrick 100%. I had this version installed and had the mobo go bad after install. Replaced it no problem and it had been registered with MS. 1 month later I replaced the HD and had to RE-register it but again, No problem.
Just to check I hit "Anytime Upgrade , it evaluated the system and said

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2012 9:07:05 PM PDT
Layne says:
Thank you Jimmy, and likewise with Patrick above. Was slightly unsure of the system builder until I got the real facts from both of you. You guys need some good karma.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2012 2:14:50 AM PDT
Dawn M Weber says:
that is why it's called a builders edition.. it's not meant to reinstall repeatedly.It's really meant for people who build computers and sell them.. what I suggest when buying this is being sure you have a new motherboard and other mayjor parts first then install this then you would be ok..also be sure that all parts are compatable with your motherboard ..If your the type who is always upgrading motherboards harddrives ,cpu more than the average person then your better off paying the extra 100 buck to get the non builder edition....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 10:24:55 AM PST
D0UG says:
No problem. Microsoft will reactive over the phone as long as the original MB failed.
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