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  • Hi, Guys,

    my hubby helped me built a pc 3 years ago, we bought a genuine windows 7 copy from JB HI FI in Australia,

    now my pc seems to have a problem and we are about to build a new one, do I still need to buy a new copy of win 7?

    Since we wont be using the old one anymore, it seems to be a waste if I still need to buy a new copy. BTW, so get used to 

    the win 7 and not ready for the win 8 yet.

    Cheers,

    Chrissy

    Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:12 AM

Answers

  • It all depends on whether you bought an OEM license or a Full Retail one.

    The Full Retail license (fancy package, two disks, and a Proof of License card) can be moved to a new machine.

    An OEM license (slim case, one disk and a COA sticker) is permanently locked to the original machine on which it's activated, and dies with the machine (at least in theory).


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    • Marked as answer by MeowChen Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:08 AM
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:04 AM
    Moderator

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  • It all depends on whether you bought an OEM license or a Full Retail one.

    The Full Retail license (fancy package, two disks, and a Proof of License card) can be moved to a new machine.

    An OEM license (slim case, one disk and a COA sticker) is permanently locked to the original machine on which it's activated, and dies with the machine (at least in theory).


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    • Marked as answer by MeowChen Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:08 AM
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:04 AM
    Moderator
  •  hmm, that makes sense. I did bought the OEM version only. 

    Thank you. 

    Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:09 AM