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5.0 out of 5 stars Just make sure you understand..., June 7, 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)
This is OEM which means the difference is that this version locks itself to a single motherboard. As long as you run the same system your golden, but when you upgrade you will have to purchase another copy.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2011 12:32:49 AM PDT
Chuck says:
Thanks for explaining that. There seems to be a gazillion versions of this software. It's mind-boggling.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 4:33:09 PM PDT
Dean says:
Actually, ALL versions of Windows "lock" themselves to a single motherboard. Read the license agreement.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011 7:20:41 AM PDT
Douglas C says:
OEM versions can't be transferred from system to system (you can try but have fun activating it).

Retail versions can be, however you will no doubt need to use the Phone Activation Droid who will either say okay, you're cool and give you the Ridiculously Long Number or forward you onto a human who you can explain yourself to and give you the Ridiculously Long Number.

Posted on Jul 30, 2011 11:57:41 AM PDT
Does it also lock itself to hard drive too?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011 1:26:40 PM PDT
jdmcox says:
I'm betting it does. But if you're like me, and you clone your hard drive every now and then as a backup, this problem doesn't exist. I don't know about putting that hard drive in another computer and having it work, though.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 9:17:17 AM PDT
Yama says:
when you upgrade to a newer OS or Professional, you have to purchase another copy of what exactly? You can upgrade this to Professional...

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 7:16:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 11, 2011 7:18:47 AM PDT
Geoffrey says:
Here's my case, if I keep the same mother board, same harddrive, etc.. I want to add a internal media card reader, add a PCI TV-tunner etc.. will it lock me up ?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 12:18:46 PM PDT
Dave says:
o.O if you ever upgrade your motherboard you only need to re-activate it. If you do a total upgrade you just need to re-activate it. worst thing that will happen is that you will have to call the automated humanoid and enter the number you see on your screen while activating.

To answer some of the questions: This is only meant for a single machine. This doesn't lock on the hard drive in any case you crash your hard drive, you can reinstall it and re-activate it again. You can add internal cards such as video card, tuner or reader with out re-activating windows.
When upgrading to a professional you need to buy the one that says UPGRADE, ie Windows 7 professional 64bit upgrade.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 4:06:08 AM PDT
Ambrosius says:
If you upgrade your motherboard, all you have to do is call MS and get a number.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 7:21:08 PM PDT
Rob says:
Just to reiterate here what others have said: all you have to do if you upgrade yours system is call MS tech support and they'll help you reactivate it on the new machine/motherboard/whatever.
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