Which version of Win 7 to buy - OEM or Retail

February 15, 2011 at 14:48:19
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.1 gHZ 2 GB Mem
I have already desided to but Windows 7 Home premium but I'm concerned with whether to buy an OEM version or a retail version. I want even bother to muddy the water with the volume license version.

I want a version that if my computer dies, or need a major upgrade like a new hard drive, I can reinstall it. I thought that was an OEM version but after reading some posts this weekend I'm not sure I'm accurate. Which one allows me to reinstall after a major hardware upgrade or after the purchase of a replacement computer. I understand the license agreements only allows an OS to be on one machine at a time. But if the computer dies or needs a upgrade like a new hard drive the old OS should be able to be reinstalled.

Can anyone help me to understand this delima.

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February 15, 2011 at 15:47:48
OEM is tied to the manufacturers hardware and legally can't be resold though you sure see it all the time.

Retail version is what you want.

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February 15, 2011 at 15:48:51
If you want to be able to 'move' the installation to another machine later than you really need retail. With the oem version you are perfectly entitled to repair/upgrade the machine its installed on (may need to re-activate, but that should be no problem). You might want to check the MS site for any restrictions to this (I seem to remember before win7 cam out there were a number of rumours about only being able to reactivate so many times, but I got bored so can't remember the final outcome!

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February 15, 2011 at 17:01:50
Don't get retail. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat... is a way to get the same product for less if you are willing to not call microsoft.

As above you may be able to get a retail but also some places offer an OEM type of disk that is available to you if you purchase a piece of hardware. I get this deal a lot and it saves a lot of money.

What wanderer is thinking about is a disk that came from someone's computer. What you want is a builders version if you happen to need some part like memory or video card.

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