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Windows 7: Legality of buying licenses from student MSDN accounts for resale

15 Apr 2011   #11

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I don't know if MS makes a student version of Windows 7 or not, but they certainly have for previous versions. You say that it is a retail version, are you positive about that, have you thoroughly read the EULA? If it actually is a true retail version, then yes, you could sell it to a non-student, however that seems highly unlikely.
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- I had one and installed it on multiple computers no problem (1 at a time). I have since sold that computer with the software on it. I thought this was completely legal.

Quote from MSDNAA website:

"When a student purchases a product under this program, the product becomes the property of the student. The product will not terminate or expire simply by virtue of the termination, suspension, or other interruption of the student's status as an enrolled student.

Each student is limited to ONE copy of each product only."

I repeat, It becomes the PROPERTY OF THE STUDENT!!!

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15 Apr 2011   #12

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
You may be interested in reading this Licensing FAQ
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15 Apr 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by turtlebain View Post
I repeat, It becomes the PROPERTY OF THE STUDENT!!!
I feel like a broken record here, but let's try again. That simply means, as stated, that the license becomes your property. You do not ever own software. You own the license, which means, again, as stated, that once you leave the organization (school), you may continue to use the license (because it is your property and not the property of the school). My work laptop and Windows 7 license is the property of my company, so if I leave the company, I don't get to keep the license or the laptop. That's pretty straightforward.

You also get one license per student, as I mentioned above, and as it is listed that should be your most telling point in terms of your original question.

I'm still not sure what the confusion these terms have been the same for years now...even over a decade ago when I was in college. The college gets discounted licenses to resell to students. Each student is allowed one license, which is valid only for the student and only for the student.

Now, to clear up one more bit of confusion. A student license can also be retail. Retail just means it can be moved from computer to computer, in the event you upgrade. An OEM or system builders license is tied to the first computer it is installed on, and that's it. The student portion means it is discounted (sometimes heavily), but you must meet the requirements of being a student to be eligible to purchase it. That has nothing to do with the license's classification of being retail or OEM. TechNet keys are retail...but that doesn't mean I can go and sell them.
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15 Apr 2011   #14

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

From the MSDN EULA...

a. General. One user may install and use copies of the software to design, develop, test and demonstrate your
programs. Testing does not include staging on a server in a production environment, such as loading content prior to
production use."

"TRANSFER TO A THIRD PARTY. The first user of the software may transfer it, and this agreement, directly to a third
party. Before the transfer, that party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.

The first user must uninstall the software before transferring it separately from the device. The first user may not retain any copies."

And MSDNAA Student Usage Agreement:

"You may not give copies of loaned or downloaded software to anyone else. Other eligible students must obtain software using the method(s) set up by the MSDNAA program administrator."

MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) Student Use Agreement
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15 Apr 2011   #15

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
Think of Microsoft as a big drug-dealing franchise. The idea behind student licenses is to hook the kids into using their products by offering them cheaply at the school gates.

If they find that some small time operator like you is buying the kiddie packs then selling them at full price on the street - they will send the big boys around to break your legs.
Awesome. Makes me want to watch GoodFellas again.
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15 Apr 2011   #16

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

If you as the one student that bought your one copy later sold the computer with the copy on it, no one would care.

If you uninstalled that copy and sold the student copy seperately, that would be iffy (unclear from the above).

What is blatently clear is that you could not start a buisness of obtaining student copies and reselling them. No way, no how
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