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Old 06-08-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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I have a 2010 MacBook Pro that I am going to put a Windows OS on (using BootCamp) so I can use my work documentation program at home, which is not Mac compatible. I have to use Windows 7 as my computer won't support 8. Per Apple, I need the full retail version, brand new, and it has to be the CD, not a download. On Amazon, Windows 7 Home Premium is $169. On Ebay, it's $92. It says it's brand new, unopened and says it is made in USA. I would like the cheaper one but of course I am suspicious of the price difference. Does anyone have experience with buying things like this on Ebay, or know anything I should ask the seller? Or should I just buy the Amazon version to be safe?
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Ir's probably an OEM copy, it can only be installed on one computer. No support etc.

If you're concerned about the vendor Newegg has it for same price.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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What does OEM mean? I only need it installed on one computer. Thanks for that link, that might be a good compromise. Would that one have support? I wonder why it's so much more on Amazon? Here's the link for the eBay version: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-WINDOWS-...item43a838940f

The guy has 100% positive rating and a few thousand sales. Does no support mean if I can't download properly or have a problem, I'm out of luck and have no option to call and troubleshoot? Apple said they will walk me through everything up to the actual Windows install, but won't support anything having to do with the Windows OS, which is understandable.

P.S. One reviewer on Amazon did say it is a "non-oem" version.

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Old 06-08-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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What does OEM mean?
It's a copy that is intended for manufactures, there is no difference in the software itself. If you call up MS for support they are going to tell you to contact the vendor, in this case that would be you. And Again the other limitation is it can only be installed on one computer, if you decide to move it to another computer you're out of luck .

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I wonder why it's so much more on Amazon?
Amazon is a retail copy.


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Here's the link for the eBay version: New Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Full Version w SP1 | eBay
That's OEM version, check the description. If you want to risk it for the $7 go ahead, Newegg is solid company though.

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Does no support mean if I can't download properly or have a problem, I'm out of luck and have no option to call and troubleshoot?
It means you will get no support from MS or anyone else for installation or anything else. Note that software updates still work. You're on your own but frankly I never call anyone for support anyway since that information is at my fingertips.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. Basically, it's a copy that must be distributed by a company that has an agreement with Microsoft and be sold with hardware to not be in violation of the licensing agreement. It's the same software as the retail box stuff, generally.

I wouldn't buy software on eBay. Nothing expensive or often pirated, anyway. I bought software once - only once - on eBay. It was mapping software for use with a name brand GPS. What I received was a burned copy with the name of the software hand written with a sharpie on the disc.

Stick with Amazon. You could check the price on buycheapsoftware.com. I've bought a lot of stuff from them, and it's all legit. I even turned the company I used to work for onto them, and they've bought many, many copies of Windows Server for systems they built for customers.
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. Basically, it's a copy that must be distributed by a company that has an agreement with Microsoft and be sold with hardware to not be in violation of the licensing agreement.
It's one of those gray areas as MS has not been clear on it at least in the past.


Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC? Don't ask Microsoft | ZDNet
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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As others have said, I wouldn't buy it from eBay.

There's nothing wrong with the OEM versions. I have them running on all of my machines, and have even moved them to new machines as I've upgraded.

I've bought tons of stuff, including many Windows licenses from Newegg, so no worries there. If you prefer Amazon (I actually buy more from them since I have a Prime membership) here's a link to the OEM version on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack: Software
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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Thank you, I will go with Amazon!
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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And Again the other limitation is it can only be installed on one computer, if you decide to move it to another computer you're out of luck.
According to the EULA anyway. It will move just fine, and the legality of doing so has never been tested in a court of law AFAIK.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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According to the EULA anyway. It will move just fine, and the legality of doing so has never been tested in a court of law AFAIK.
I thought it won't activate if you install on a new computer?
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