How exactly does Windows 7 Retail vs OEM
I don't fully understand how Windows 7 Retail vs OEM. What I understand is OEM is locked to one computer. AKA Mac address or
BIOS, not sure. However, what happens when my the Intel motherboard fails or I decide to upgrade my system motherboard included, which I like do on a regular basic. Is the OEM version still locked to the original motherboard and if it fails I must purchase a new OEM copy of Windows 7? Or can it truly be relicensed, if only one copy if active? Is there a method for doing so? It is still a Full Windows 7 license, which I paid for. Can I just replace the motherboard and reinstall it? I don't care about Windows Support, or the box.
With Windows XP Professional OEM, I was able to reinstall if my motherboard was changed out (I must of changed motherboard 10 times in 10 years) or if I upgraded my hard drives. Reinstall required a phone call and explainiation, however, it was never a problem.
Good FAQ here, but doesn't answer my question.
Thanks for your response I am sure others would like to know and understand this situation.
- 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
It is simply tied to that motherboard and becomes non transferable, the minute you installed and activated the license.
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