Quote: Originally Posted by windude99
I posted this in another thread, but I want to repost this here because I am not only speaki0gn for myself, but I'm speaking for all of the other people that get the OEM copies because they're cheaper: Listen, I am not one of those law breakers trying to be bad or to be cool. I just can't afford to dish out a bunch of money to the multi-billion dollar Microsoft. If I can get this (which keep in mind it isn't pirated) for cheap, then I will get it. If I had all of the money in the world, then I would buy all of the "proper" licenses, but as long as I am not pirating (and I never will) then I think I'm fine.
All I'm doing is answering your question. What you do is up to you, and I'm fine with that; I'm not trying to tell you what to do.
This Dell Inspiron 580 is only the second OEM desktop I've bought. The first one was before the release of Windows 95. I've built all the PC's in between and used retail because I could move it from the old machine to the new machine; I even developed a method to transfer the entire installation without reinstalling anything except for new drivers. When I've upgraded Windows, it has been with retail upgrade versions. I went retail full install with Windows 7.
This Dell is running retail Windows 7 Ultimate. The reason for that is that the PC that had this Windows Ultimate installed on it burned up in a house fire (along with another desktop and a couple of laptops). I bought the Dell rather than take the time to order all the requisite parts and build another PC - I use mine for work and also personal use, so I needed to get back up and running.
In the not-too-distant future I intend to build a new machine, and I'll use this retail Windows Ultimate on it, and let the Dell revert to its original Windows 7 Home Premium OEM.