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Thread: Will Win 7 OEM install media still work December 2017?

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    Will Win 7 OEM install media still work December 2017?

    Hey gang,
    I'm looking to grab a laptop for the family.
    Hate win 10 with a passion as well as third party cruft.
    I see a few OEM Win 7 install media discs for sale.

    Does anyone know if the OEM versions are blocked from activation?
    I'm asking because I thought that system builders were told they could no longer sell pre built 7's. So I worry that if I buy a media/license pack I would fall into that category.

    Make sense?
    -Mirc

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    Re: Will Win 7 OEM install media still work December 2017?

    Yes, but even the System Builders will still "activate" because people may need to reload the OS after that point, on software they've purchased prior.
    I've got beer to drink and You guys are wasting my time.

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    Re: Will Win 7 OEM install media still work December 2017?

    Thank you sir!
    Down to 59USD
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (OEM) System Builder Edition - New Sealed https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077373WFF..._b50gAb569MGYV

    I'm guessing it needs to be pre kaby lake intel chip whichever I get, looking to grab an older laptop for wife to use for web and office suite.

    Whole point was to wipe the 3rd party junk to a fresh install.
    Thanks again Melc.

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    Re: Will Win 7 OEM install media still work December 2017?

    Thanks again, picking your brain one last time.

    I think i should first activate the default win 10 OEM license that comes with it, as a fallback before I try to nuke it with the older win 7 OEM I have. In case. Right?

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    Re: Will Win 7 OEM install media still work December 2017?

    Activation doesn't do much for you. I would make sure if to make physical copies of your restore disks (if that's an option) but activation is just a formality that your copy is genuine. It is not registering it to you.

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