Originally Posted by BlackHawk7144
Just wondering, whats the difference between windows 7 OEM and a full retailed version?
They are the same software,for the most part, and the licensing is different :
OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel
OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on
OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard
OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system
So, what if my motherboard fails? Get an RMA on that board.
What if it's out of RMA, and I have to buy a new/different model board? Some times, if you call up Microsoft to activate by phone, you can explain to them that your motherboard died out of warranty, and they'll let you activate it. Key words, some times...
I bought an eMachines desktop, with no intentions on upgrading it at all. Found a board for a great price, and jumped on it. Had to reinstall Windows do to some driver conflict, and could not activate it over the internet. Called them up, and told them I just upgraded the motherboard for no real reason, and they activated it for me. However, I do believe Microsoft has become more and more strict on this, so I'm not sure how well it works any more...