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Windows 7: System Builders

07 Nov 2009   #11

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Here is an excerpt from a webpage that I found:

Dead Cheap Windows 7 OEM/System Builder, Pricing Details Revealed -

However, customers that are looking and are ready to jump at the chance of grabbing a bargain should understand the main downside of Windows 7 SB. The System Builder of Windows 7 can only be installed on a single computer, and it will become intimately connected with the motherboard. So intimately in fact that customers will not be able to install a System Builder copy of Windows 7 on any other machine, even if it removed entirely from the first. In fact, if the computer that Windows 7 SB is installed on dies on you, the operating system will die with it.

At the same time, customers will only be able to upgrade their computers to a certain extent. An extensive hardware upgrade will make a System Builder version of Windows 7 believe that it is on a new computer altogether, which it will consider a break of the license, and will start acting like it was pirated.
From the impression that I got, even though SB and OEM are very similar in other aspects, this would deter me from buying SB, because I'm always upgrading or rearranging my systems.

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07 Nov 2009   #12


I have used OEM versions of XP for years. Over time I have upgraded the whole system-MB, CPU, RAM, HDDs, DVD... at some point the online activation will fail. I call the toll free number, punch in the numbers it asks for and then the system has always reactivated me.

If I swap enough parts for a new build with the old parts i buy a new OEM license for that machine. If I sell or give away the machine the windows license goes with it.

I think it's marketing. For $288. on Newegg you can get a retail W7 Professional- with retail packaging, both 32 and 64 bit versions, MS tech support, and over time possibly an easier time activating after changes. (and if you update the entire system you can sell the old one with out windows to a someone else with a retail license or a linux user or a pirate. For $107 you get the disk with either 32 or 64 bit, not much packaging, no 800 tech support, possibly some extra steps reactivating sometime in the future and you can't take the license to the next machine. The package, extra disk and warm fuzzy aren't worth $180 to me but it might be to you or someone else.
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