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Windows 7: can I use windows oem?

28 Apr 2012   #11
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kellymac35 View Post
No arguement my friend in fact I agreed with your first post having used OEM software on my own builds. The same question was being ask then I remember reading articals were some inside Microsoft said it was fine and others saying it was'nt. My original intent was to find something showing Noel was wrong however I ended up finding that Microsoft does not seem to be split on this anymore making it clear that retail software licenses are appropriate for the do it yourself market. I was suprised to see the big disclaimer at Newegg it was not there when I purchased my last OEM copy of windows 7. Kinda a bummer
MS significantly chnaged the OEM SB Licensing terms with the release of Win7 - not that many people actually took any notice.


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28 Apr 2012   #12
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

My point is, is that if Microsoft cared, they would come public with it and would sell these copies of Windows in their own OEM channels instead of through Amazon and Newegg where anybody can buy them. Too many people have bought them at this point for them to sue anyone or get us arrested. I am using a Genuine OEM and I don't pirate, so in my opinion, I'm perfectly legal.
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28 Apr 2012   #13
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
My point is, is that if Microsoft cared, they would come public with it and would sell these copies of Windows in their own OEM channels .
Your point is irrelevant in law and in fact - get used to it.
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23 Aug 2012   #14
3dev

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I know this is an old debate, but I had to chime in when I read this.

Short of the IRS the law doesn't care about the difference of an individual buying hardware for personal use, vs an individual buying hardware for resale. They can only inforce their licensing so far, the reason they don't inforce OEM licensing be resold is because they can't. All of their system builders who buy OEM licensing would have to have their home computers made by their competitors. Clearly that isnt not an enforceable policey, or a dessirable one. Because the license agreements real function is to establish the relationship of Microsoft and the purchaser it can't dictate the actions of the purchaser after sale only the future relationship of that entity and Microsoft. System builders give away systems for free all the time, are they violating their EULA? Of course not or they wouldn't do that, you think any pc magazine would except ilegal copies of windows with their free benchmark computers? If you were required by law to be a licensed business of a certain size to buy this software, you would be checked by Microsoft before purchase.

The point of the EULA, is that when you are buying rules of a relationship not just software. In the case of the OEM software you as the purchaser are agreeing to provide end user support for that software. Which is why its cheaper because Microsoft isn't paying someone in India to answer phone calls about it. Further more this software is intended to only ever be on the computer that it is first installed on. so you install it once and if the hardware profile significantly changes it wont work any more. all of this is designed specifically to get the price down for people trying to make money, but if your not out for money it doesn't make you a criminal.

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Disclaimer: Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.
If you think your going to want tech suport and/or to use this copy on a future computer, then buy the full license not the OEM license. Otherwise know what your buying, your giving up the right to technical support and you only have one go at the licensing installation.
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