non-brand specific installs on brand machines

Posted on 2011-10-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
on a HP/DELL/Sony etc laptops, is the user free to purchase vista/win7 OS and install it on the base machine, and totally remove reference to the original brand, and just have the pure OS? the brand would not mind that, would they, could they?
Question by:25112
    LVL 22

    Accepted Solution

    If you buy a legitimate retail copy of a Microsoft operating system, you can install it on whatever hardware you want.

    I am somewhat confused by the term "the pure OS."  There is no significant difference between a manufacturer's OEM version of an operating system and a retail version, other than that the manufacturer preloads the necessary drivers, and usually some support software specific to their brand.  There is no advantage in having a retail version of Windows over an OEM version.
    LVL 59

    Assisted Solution

    by:Kevin Cross
    Yes. Perfectly legal. You can often use that to your advantage by buying Windows Home Edition and then purchasing the upgrade to Professional or Ultimate, etc. That is actually how the volume license works or at least the ones I got several years ago. We purchase machines with OEM Windows Home and our volume agreement allows clean install of full clean version of Professional.
    LVL 59

    Assisted Solution

    by:Kevin Cross
    And I agree with DrKlahn. If you are not taking advantage of the legal method to save on hardware cost by using upgrade license to OEM basic install, then all you probably want is to get an install disk to load a fresh copy without all the trials and bloatware advertising specific products put on by the vendor which I suspect is the issue here.
    LVL 82

    Assisted Solution

    by:Dave Baldwin
    I never put a retail or OEM install on a machine unless I don't have a choice.  The fact that the manufacturers install comes with the correct drivers is a big plus to me.  If it makes any difference to you, the manufacturers warranty is for their version and not a retail or OEM copy that does not come with their drivers and software.
    LVL 23

    Assisted Solution

    the only thing to bear in mind is that if you suffer, say, a disk failure in warranty, the supplier will reload the OS as shipped from the factory, not whatever you've put on.

    Also, a lot of manufacturers "bundle" other apps with their installs - stuff like CD burning apps, scanning apps, and so on which you can't normally load onto a fresh standalone install as they don't include original media.  Depends if you use these, of course......
    LVL 5

    Author Comment


    Featured Post

    Better Security Awareness With Threat Intelligence

    See how one of the leading financial services organizations uses Recorded Future as part of a holistic threat intelligence program to promote security awareness and proactively and efficiently identify threats.

    Join & Write a Comment

    OfficeMate Freezes on login or does not load after login credentials are input.
    The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
    In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Boot Corrector from Paragon Rescue Kit Free to identify and fix the boot problems of Windows 7/8/2012R2 etc. As an example is used Windows 2012R2 which lost its active partition flag (often happen…
    This Micro Tutorial will teach you the basics of configuring your computer to improve its speed. It will also teach you how to disable programs that are running in the background simultaneously. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating…

    746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    16 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now