Has anyone installed W7 OEM with Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by karlth, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. karlth macrumors regular

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    I've heard differing reports on whether it is possible to use the OEM version of Windows 7.

    Anyone tried it?
     
  2. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    The install works fine, but the license key won't activate.
     
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Google "windows activator."
     
  4. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    I was referring to legitimate, legal options.
     
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Strange. I wonder why.
     
  6. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    And exactly why wouldn't it activate....?

    It will work fine, but don't expect to get more than 1 activation out of a OEM key. If you need to re-activate you will have to call Microsoft.
     
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  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Ah, well that makes sense. Based on the posts above I thought for some reason the OEM version was incompatible with Boot Camp. I was thinking about swapping out my XP for W7 and the OEM copies are the cheapest way to do it (while remaining legal, of course).
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    There's the rub with OEM.

    It is legal to buy, and you can physically install it and have it work, but is it a valid/legitimate/"legal" license?

    Read this disclaimer NewEgg attaches to their OEM listings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116983 (details page).

    Read the licenses and decide for yourself if you are complying with the terms of sale and if you care.

    Don't fool yourself that OEM is intended for use by end-users as a "not-Microsoft-supported" version of the OS. They make it quite clear that that is not the intent. http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_for_hobbyists.aspx

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