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show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
I have a machine running xp and want to upgrade it to Win7. I have an OEM
version of Win7. Can I install it and overwrite the xp OS?
Or do I need to install a new harddrive in the machine and then install Win7?
Everything is back up to an external drive.

EDIT: The Win7 OEM is new, never used before.
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9/29/2011 7:41:15 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 8:09:25 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
The idea with OEM is that the version of OEM Windows that you have can only be installed on one PC. Even more, they can be branded so they will only work on the specific computer they were sold with.

If it's an OEM Windows which has never been used and isn't branded, my advice would to be doing a fresh install of Win 7 on this machine. Don't do an upgrade. You will lose disk space, and upgrades aren't as "fresh" as a new install.

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9/29/2011 8:36:16 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 8:36:39 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Thanks Nik. Fresh install it is!
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9/29/2011 8:47:20 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 8:47:20 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I am pretty sure You cant actually upgrade from XP to win 7... only vista to 7.
We found this out at work recently.

This could just be enterprise versions though..
When we attempted it said "no, but you should look up the migration tool"
So your only option is really a fresh install.

OEMs just need to be used with the proer OEM serial key. they should be fine.
I have used the XP licenses from busted laptops plenty of times =)

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9/29/2011 8:58:31 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 8:58:31 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
From what an HP tech told me, each computer with the OEM OS installed on it has a certain brand on the MB of that computer that recoqnizes the OEM key.... That being said, the hard drive should make not difference (if the HP tech was right)..

Also, as far as upgrading, I do not think you will be able to upgrade win xp to win7 with just the upgrade..

Here is a way around this which I found works.. Install Vista on the machine, do not enter a key code for it, run it as trial, and then instal your win7 update with a fresh install with the key. Then it should be able to use the win7 Upgrade w/o a previous licensed version of vista on it..

Legal? Illegal? Personally I do not care because I'm not stealing any software, just taking advantage of the holes that MS forgot to cover up...

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9/29/2011 9:09:13 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 9:09:13 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
9k - so will a fresh install overwrite the brand on the mb?
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9/29/2011 9:14:26 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 9:14:26 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Often, the motherboard ID is what the OEM version of Windows looks for. I have a Vista disk here that will only install on the PC that it came with. OEM pretty much means "one computer".

EDIT: and when you buy an OEM windows disk, it will connect itself to the computer it's first installed on when it validates.

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9/29/2011 9:15:31 PM (last edit: 9/29/2011 9:37:10 PM)
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