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Windows 7: Microsoft mucks up Windows 7 licensing

03 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Microsoft mucks up Windows 7 licensing

Windows 7 is a great product with relatively few foibles, but there's one major Windows 7 mess that has me seeing red.

The licensing terms for the new version of Windows are inconsistent, inaccurate, and downright inane — assuming you can wade through Microsoft's legalese in the first place.

If you're one of the millions of people considering a Windows 7 upgrade, you need to distinguish the upgrades you can do from the upgrades Microsoft's license wants you to do. The overlap between what's possible and what's "permissible" leaves a lot of gray area.

By Woody Leonhard

Microsoft mucks up Windows 7 licensing

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04 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by echrada View Post
...The overlap between what's possible and what's "permissible" leaves a lot of gray area.

By Woody Leonhard

Microsoft mucks up Windows 7 licensing
It's gray as the recession, economy, life, 2012...
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05 Dec 2009   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
as in all things "To those that hath - they shall be given more" - to those that hath not --well the "Cheddar" is hard isn't it.

Just a simple reminder peeps that KNOWLEDGE / EDUCATION does not only SAVE you money - but is also a root of power.

I'll bet zillions paid full retail for a copy of Windows 7 -- there are MANY MANY ways to obtain Windows 7 at a hugely discounted price -- LEGALLY - Not pirated copies.

You all know about the "Upgrade" trick -- wherby you clean install and then "do an upgrade" immediately on top of the clean install.

Other legal ways -- discount stores, student / teacher copies / home at use copies and if you have several machines a technet subscription is well worth it - only costs slightly more than the full retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Another often overlooked trick is to get a used copy of Vista for around 2 USD at a market (legal copy) which has a "Free Upgrade" to Windows 7 coupon doesn't matter if the VISTA OS has already been activated or not.

These will be VISTA copies purchased from around June / July last year.

Always do a bit of research before buying a Full retail version of ANYTHING. You'' usually find - especially in this tight market there are huge discounts to be had.

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05 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2

I agree that the whole licensing area is confused but I also feel that apart from us non mainstream "prosumers", (AKA Geeks ), the vast majority of people who eventually end up running Windows 7, licensing is a non issue.

Business users will run a copy of the operating system licenced by their company - and hopefully the IT managers will be able to understand and purchase the correct licence.

Home users will purchase a new PC which will arrive complete with a shiny new copy of fully licensed Windows 7.

The subject of update licences and upgrades is only important to us early adoptors
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