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Windows 7: Stay on Top of Recent Windows Licensing Changes

10 Aug 2014   #1
A Guy

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Stay on Top of Recent Windows Licensing Changes

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There have recently been some quiet but important licensing changes to Windows. They’re not going to change your life, but they’re definitely worth knowing more about. If staying on top of your Windows licensing situation is important to you—and it should be—read on.
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10 Aug 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

That certainly didn't remove the confusion I have. I'm still lost I think.
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10 Aug 2014   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Does this mean that INDIVIDUALS can now buy ENTERPRISE. If so that could be welcome for "Roving Consultants" who would like to use the very handy "Windows to Go" system.

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Aug 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm wondering if it is a retail version. So if need be one can take it off of one computer and install it on another one. It's foggy to me.
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10 Aug 2014   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I don't understand the whole thing with the oem changes.

Before, if I had a oem copy and I replaced my motherboard cause it died or whatever; I called Microsoft and spoke with someone, and got it activated and called it a day.

With these new rules it seems like that is no longer the case?
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10 Aug 2014   #6
Jonguy30

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Why does microsoft like to create so much confusion?

The only thing I understood is that you can't move certain windows licenses to other computers. And that you need a certain something to move windows licenses. Or, I don't know.
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10 Aug 2014   #7
McRuff

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Looks to me like these changes are only about Enterprise and Software Assurance. Not normal home or small business users
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10 Aug 2014   #8
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I wish Microsoft would stop with all of the stupid restrictions they put on their licenses and make it simple. Here is how it SHOULD look:
1. Don't pirate
2. Spend lots of cash on Microsoft products
3. Don't use volume license keys at home
4. OEM copies are OK to use. No confusion here.
5. We won't enforce any of the rules except #1 and #2, so the rest don't matter anyway.

Very simple. They should hire me as the person who writes this stuff.
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10 Aug 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Microsoft is trying to slow down counterfeiting in my opinion. This thread of thought will travel through all their products.

I'm thinking it will come down to for business; If the business need 100 copies of Windows Enterprise they will get 100 COA's. Activate each computer on it own COA.
Network them as they see fit. They will be Retail versions with a volume discount.
They will be able to install the 100 Windows Enterprise on any computers they want to as long as it is one computer at a time.

I like that idea even for someone like me with two or three computers.

I want to buy them, activate them, and move them if I so desire. As long as one Windows on one computer at one time.

**Get rid of oem/slp. Get rid of oem.**

If HP needs a million copies, give them a discount for volume. Other than that it should be the same as any other buyer of Windows. Any store bought computer with Windows should come with a Windows DVD.
A copy of Windows 9 HP/Pro/Ultimate/Enterprise should all be the same and activated the same way for everybody.

This would also make it easier for Microsoft.
All they would have to monitor when it comes to activation would be.

*What operating system was purchased and is it activated properly.
*Is it only on one system.

In the end what does the owner of a computer with Windows have.

*A computer with Windows installed and its own COA activated and a Windows DVD.

DONE.
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11 Aug 2014   #10
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
I don't understand the whole thing with the oem changes.

Before, if I had a oem copy and I replaced my motherboard cause it died or whatever; I called Microsoft and spoke with someone, and got it activated and called it a day.

With these new rules it seems like that is no longer the case?
If it's a factory OEM Windows 8.x install, the product code / license is baked into the BIOS and locked to that motherboard. Those wouldn't be transferable anyway. The new replacement board, if obtained from that same OEM, would have a new code and a new license. An off the shelf replacement board won't have a baked in product code so you would have no choice but to buy Windows for it.
Now, I think in the past, Microsoft was just being nice in letting you transfer your store bought OEM Windows to new hardware. I don't think they had to, according to the EULA. I don't claim to understand it or the new rules but that was my understanding. It was a "in good faith" gesture. It's also my understanding that the OEM versions are cheaper because of the tighter restrictions. If you want transferability your better off buying the Retail version.
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