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Newegg has the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Operating System Software, 64-bit OEM (WN7-00615) for $100 - $20 off with coupon code EMCYTZT4879 [Exp 11/21] = $80 with free shipping. This is the full-version software, but OEM is intended for new systems and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed.
$100 Retail: $120

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    Agent Ben's cred: 148
    Posted 1:56 pm PST 11/20/13

    Does anyone know or, better yet, have first hand experience what happens if the hard drive or SSD the OEM OS installed on fails and you need to replace? Would that mean the Windows OEM license not activate for the new drive?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3573
    Posted 2:27 pm PST 11/20/13

    ^ In the past versions of windows a certain # of components could be replaced and the license would remain valid, so I would assume it's still the case and a HDD replacement alone wouldn't cause a problem.

    However even those who had replaced enough to trigger their denial were more often than not, able to get a working key by phoning MS.

    Further, I have personally installed past versions of windows on different HDDs in the same system and the installation key was accepted.

    Another option would be that you make backups of your installation, I mean a partition image then if the drive fails or you just want to upgrade it, you can restore that backup to a different HDD and it's an already activated installation.

    One way or another you'll be able to get it to work with a different HDD or SSD.

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    nextel2010 Ben's cred: 113
    Posted 10:17 pm PST 11/20/13

    I always recommend installing an upgrade kit on a bare drive. Avoid the one-machine installation limitations when swapping out any components, including the motherboard. Lots more options, if you're willing to google a little. Heck, I'll even do it for you:

    http://lifehacker.com/5984278/how-to-do-a-clean-install-of-windows-8-with-an-upgrade-disc

    Upgrade disc costs about same as OEM installer, but much more flexible. This install method is well known by Microsoft, who practically endorses it if you consider their complete lack of effort in discouraging it over the last three operating systems (Vista/7/8 ).

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    mgray7014 Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 4:25 pm PST 11/21/13

    Why is Windows 7 so hard to find?

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