Windows 7 - only one install w/ OEM version?

May 19, 2011 at 15:08:35
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.327 GHz / 3316 MB

I am thinking about loading Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on my PC, and would like to do a full install. Price of the Retail package is pretty steep, so I wondered about purchasing an OEM CD for less than half the price. My only concern is that if the PC ever crashes and I would have to reinstall the OS, I've heard that the OEM CD can only be loaded once. Is this true? If so, would I be able to make an image of the hard drive after loading the OS and store the image as a backup on my external drive for future reloads of the OS if needed?

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#1
May 19, 2011 at 15:57:46

You can install the OS multiple times but only on the computer it was initially installed on. You cannot install the OS on a different computer, even if the initial one dies. Replacement of the motherboard, and possibly CPU, will result in failure to activate. The OS lives and dies on the original computer. You can create and restore from an image backup.

A full retail disk will allow installation on multiple computers but not at the same time. Replacement of motherboard is possible but may require a call to Microsoft.


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#2
May 19, 2011 at 17:34:21

The EULA does prohibit more than one install on an OEM disk. That doesn't mean you can't reload the OS on the same cpu a thousand times. It means you can't move from one computer to another.

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#3
May 19, 2011 at 20:14:55

You can also use an upgrade version if you are upgrading from Vista or XP, even if you are doing a clean install. The only requirement is that there is a prior version of Windows on the hard drive, then you can repartition and reformat during the beginning of the install to achieve a clean install. If in the future you have a hard drive failure, you can use an image of the drive to reinstall, or reinstall your old OS first, and then upgrade again (as long as it is the same hardware otherwise).

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#4
May 19, 2011 at 21:46:27

buy the family pack 150 bucks for 3 licenses..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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