Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by N3DT, Jan 11, 2018.
Why not ?
W7 OEM is tied to the mother board. It can only be replaced for the same kind of motherboard because of faults. It's in the contract with the OEM version. I could certainly do it, but they would most likely catch me and deactivate me off after a few updates and I'd have a non legitimate version of windows. Look at just about any computer made by Dell, HP, etc, they are almost all OEM versions. The full versions cost more up front.
The full retail version can be transferred between owners and any single computer.
Trying to install Win 7 on a replacement MoBo other than the original would most likely get stalled at the activation stage. No activation, the machine is "bricked" after 30 days. I'm having the same problem with an IBM "ThinkPad." I had to replace the Hard drive, and the original IBM "Restore disks" are NOT recognized by Microshaft when I try to activate. Just before that, I had to replace the hard drive in a Compaq V2000 laptop, and it restored and activated from the restore disks. go figure!
I found a later model HP machine in the roadside garbage. HD was kaput. I bought a new HD and a $6.95 Win7 restore disk on ebay.
It has been operating perfectly for a year now.
Not a recommendation but just saying that it CAN work.
HD is one thing. MoBo is another. I think I'm just going to try to keep this one going for another year or so and keep my eye out for some deal, but at some point I'll have to do something. Maybe give up on computers by then.
You should look into building your own install DVD.
It is not that hard with directions from the internet.
Do you have your original OEM install disks and key ?
That's why I was looking for the full version of W7, I was thinking about a MoBo upgrade. I have the legit OEM discs and key and if I change the MoBo, I 'can't' use the OEM version. I know some have gotten away with it, but if I don't I'm out of luck. Read about it at MS or on the W7 board. I'm willing to pay some for a full Retail version of W7 with the key. Undoubtedly a lot of them have been thrown out, but most of them are the OEM version. The retail versions are legitimately transferable between single computers and people. So if I could find someone that had a dead Retail W7 computer that died, I'd be willing to buy the discs and key.
If you're willing to pay the price.
That's too much for me.