What's the difference between Windows 7 retail and OEM?
original title: Win 7 OEM Version
What is the difference between the regular, new Windows 7 and the OEM version? If I buy the OEM to install on a machine that does not have an earlier version of Windows, will I get full Win 7 capability?
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License terms are granted by the system builder to the end user.
License terms are granted by Microsoft to the end user.
OEM licenses are to be installed by professional system manufacturers only. Under Microsoft's OEM License Agreement, they are not to be sold to end-users under any circumstance, and are to be preinstalled on a computer using the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK)
before shipment to the customer, and must include at the very least the manufacturer's support contact information. They are, therefore, designed for installation only on a single computer and are not transferable, even if the original computer is no longer
in use. This is not usually an issue for users who purchase new computer systems, because most pre-assembled systems ship with a preinstalled operating system. There are few circumstances where Microsoft will allow the transfer of an OEM license from one non-functioning
system to another, but the OEM System Builder License Agreement (SBLA), as well as the OEM End User License Agreement (EULA) do not contain any allowance for this, so it is entirely up to Microsoft's discretion, depending on the situation