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  • Question

  • Can I use windows 7 oem system builder for bootcamp on a new imac
    Monday, May 30, 2011 8:36 PM

Answers

  • No.  You need a Windows 7 "Full Retail Version" of Windows 7 for installation on an iMac.  OEM system builder editions are only licensed for new computers that one builds and then sells to a third-party.
    Carey Frisch
    Monday, May 30, 2011 8:40 PM
    Moderator
  • The system builder license requires the use of the OEM Preinstallation Kit when installing the OEM software and forbids the purchaser of the system builder license from using the software himself.  It is, as Carey says, for installing software on a computer for sale to a customer.  That is why the price is so much lower than retail copies; the system builder can make a profit from his sale that way.  The only license legitimate for end users is retail.  You can read all of this in the product details page on Amazon or NewEgg.  EBay and other online auction and discount sites are full of licensing violations by the sellers.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Monday, May 30, 2011 10:30 PM
    Answerer

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  • No.  You need a Windows 7 "Full Retail Version" of Windows 7 for installation on an iMac.  OEM system builder editions are only licensed for new computers that one builds and then sells to a third-party.
    Carey Frisch
    Monday, May 30, 2011 8:40 PM
    Moderator
  • The system builder license requires the use of the OEM Preinstallation Kit when installing the OEM software and forbids the purchaser of the system builder license from using the software himself.  It is, as Carey says, for installing software on a computer for sale to a customer.  That is why the price is so much lower than retail copies; the system builder can make a profit from his sale that way.  The only license legitimate for end users is retail.  You can read all of this in the product details page on Amazon or NewEgg.  EBay and other online auction and discount sites are full of licensing violations by the sellers.
    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Monday, May 30, 2011 10:30 PM
    Answerer