Can I resell Windows 10 license OEM?

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    Can I resell Windows 10 license OEM?


    I purchased a custom build PC in the spring with a 120 GB SSD boot drive. I have Windows 10 Home (OEM 64 bit) installed from a disc.
    In short, Windows 10 has turned out to be a nightmare, worst OS ever. I HATE it. I want to get rid of Windows 10 and install Windows 7 Pro instead...

    I wanted to simply sell the Windows 10 install disc (possibly with the 120GB SSD) and put the profit towards a copy of Windows 7 Pro...but I've read that OEM copies get tied to the exact PC they are first installed on? Is this true? Is there any way to rid myself of Windows 10 other than just throwing this disc in the garbage?
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    If you installed it then it wont activate if you sell it and it is tied to the pc if it oem
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    gainzer said:
    I purchased a custom build PC in the spring. I have Windows 10 installed from OEM disc on a 120GB SSD boot drive.
    In short, Windows 10 has turned out to be a nightmare, worst OS ever. I HATE it. I want to get rid of Windows 10 and install Windows 7 Pro instead...

    I wanted to simply sell the Windows OEM installation disc (possibly with the 120GB SSD) and put the profit towards a copy of Windows 7 Pro...but I've read that OEM copies get tied to the exact PC they are first installed on? Is this true? What can I do to rid myself of Windows 10 short of just throwing the disc in the garbage?
    The OEM versions of Windows are tied to the computer they are first installed on, can't be transferred to a different computer. The Retail/Upgrade versions can be transferred to a Replacement machine.

    Two choices, sell the computer with the disc as-is and get/build another or pull the HDD, store it then get a new one [SSD mentioned?] for Win7. Later on try Win10 again, have until about April 2020 before Win7 is no longer supported.
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  4. Posts : 12
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    Would I be able to delete Windows 10 and install Windows 7 on the same SSD?
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  5. caperjack's Avatar
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    as far as I know you would have to sell the computer with it ,but I could be wrong , I have been using win10 for 2 yrs now and cant imaging what you would hate about it , but each to there own, for sure .
    .you could install classic shell on it and make it act more like win8 /win7 ,,
    http://classicshell.net/
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  6. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    The product code is most likely embedded in the BIOS. If so the install media is useless without it. If used on another PC that does not have an OEM embedded key, it will prompt for a key. Don't enter a key and it will fail activation. That OEM embedded key is non transferable. You cannot resell that OEM install media. Doing so is illegal.
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    gainzer said:
    Would I be able to delete Windows 10 and install Windows 7 on the same SSD?
    Yes, assuming you can find Windows 7 drivers for that hardware. If it's UEFI you will have to change some BIOS settings to do the install. You'll have to turn secure boot off for one thing.
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  8. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    As mentioned, if that OEM version of Windows 7 10 has already been installed and activated, it is not transferable to another PC. You can not legally resell it. OEM licenses are non transferable.
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    caperjack said:
    I have been using win10 for 2 yrs now and cant imaging what you would hate about it , but each to there own, for sure .
    .you could install classic shell on it and make it act more like win8 /win7 ,,
    http://classicshell.net/
    I haven't had one program run without an error of some kind. I also bought a refurbished Lenovo PC with Win7 just as a cheap backup and it has run flawlessly so far with same programs. My custom machine has basically become a $1500 web browser...
    Win10 is also an ugly and unpolished interface...but maybe that classic shell will help. thanks.
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    alphanumeric said:
    As mentioned, if that OEM version of Windows 7 has already been installed and activated, it is not transferable to another PC. You can not legally resell it. OEM licenses are non transferable.
    No, it's WINDOWS 10 that is OEM. I also have a refurbished PC with Windows 7 (with the product key on the side of the machine.) The guy at the store said I could try the "Restore Windows 7" option in Win10 and enter the product key from the refurb and it might work (because he said product key is good for 1-3 machines?)...any thoughts on that option?
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