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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 Preinstal… see more 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. see less 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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