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Windows 7 OEM license on Retail DVD install

I have found many conflicting answers to this question on the internet, and I am hoping that you guys can put this to rest for me.

If I purchase the Windows 7 license found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116989

Can I use the key that comes with that Windows 7 and put it on a PC that I used the Windows 7 RETAIL DVD to install the OS??? I need a 100% factual answer here please.
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  1. No, the keys are different. This begs the question, what did you do with the key that came with the retail product?
  2. ex_bubblehead said:
    No, the keys are different. This begs the question, what did you do with the key that came with the retail product?


    I just downloaded it from the Microsoft site and installed it. I never had a key for the retail version. I was hoping to purchase the OEM key afterwards, and activate it.
  3. ex_bubblehead said:
    No, the keys are different. This begs the question, what did you do with the key that came with the retail product?


    So I am not sure you answered my question. I know that the keys are different, but are you saying that you can't use a OEM key to activate a RETAIL version of Windows that is installed and running?
  4. Milkman00 said:
    ex_bubblehead said:
    No, the keys are different. This begs the question, what did you do with the key that came with the retail product?


    So I am not sure you answered my question. I know that the keys are different, but are you saying that you can't use a OEM key to activate a RETAIL version of Windows that is installed and running?

    Correct. The keys are not the same.
  5. Best answer
    IF you downloaded it then chances are you have an OEM version not retail -- the retail version comes in a package with 2 DVDs (one 32 bit and 1 64 bit) it is not available for download -- the digital versions that you download are OEM versions ! TO verify go to your control panel and open the System panel and in the Activation portion of the screen see what the product id is (chances are it is OEM which will have OEM listed in the Product id something like xxxxx-OEM-xxxxxxx-xxxxx ) As shown Here :

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