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Hi, I was recently considering a gaming build, but was stumped by OEM windows. At this point the upgrade is not worth it if I need a new full license of windows.

My question is, is it possible to upgrade from Win 7 64 OEM Home premium to Win 7 retail Professional using the Microsoft student discount? http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

If not, does anyone know if I can get a free or severly discounted version legally through my soon to be college NC state (I enter this fall)?

Otherwise, what are my options?
 

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Can you explain a little more?

Will I have to format my HDDs? or does the upgrade version give me a new license key?

This will be my first purchase of a retail license and I am a little confused.

Will using the upgrade revoke the OEM status?
 

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So, the OEM status will be revoked and I can use the upgrade license for multiple clean installs (sequentially) as I build new PCs?

Also, is a clean install mandatory? I have almost a TB of stuff to recover in that case.
 

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That's what I meant.

How difficult is it to transfer windows to a new mobo without formatting. Can someone link me to a recent guide?
 

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Question 2: Does microsoft office have a similar OEM system? I checked the key, but unlike the OS key, it does not say OEM.

Thanks for the help with the OS, but replacing both these systems might sink my plans...
 

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Thanks for the help. Unfortunately, at this time upgrading and replacing windows/office would exceed my budget unless I can find some workaround.
 
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