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Windows 7: OEM vs Retail--How to tell?

06 Mar 2014   #31

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Mind if I butt in with a few comments to clarify things for everyone (hopefully)?
1) the installed Key is an OEM_NSLP (System Builder) one
2) that being the case, the existence/validity of any SLIC table is irrelevant. The MGADiag report here looks fine to me.
3) having said that - if the sale was of a Retail package, it should have had TWO disks (x86 and x64) and a Key, and should NOT have produced such a PID. It is therefore fraudulent (depending on the exact wording of the advert, and the package type actually received.
The ONLY legitimate vendor of Electronic Keys is Microsoft itself for retail - and to a limited extent Dell and HP for OEM versions.

4) MS has - for Windows 7 at least - seemingly pretty much ignored the 'only for resale' clause in the SB terms (perhaps as preparation for the newer OEM/Home Use license for Win8.0 - which has itself now been replaced in Win8.1 with something I haven't looked at)
5) There are good reasons for purchasing and installing Retail licenses on anything other than a new machine - or if you intend to change motherboards regularly.
6) Most home builders will buy a machine, install Windows on it, and then run the machine until it dies, by which time a new version of Windows is out, and they'll want to install that on their new machine. For that type of user, an OEM SB license is ideal, and MS will normally allow (and historically has allowed) at least one change of motherboard so long as the reason given for the change is 'replacement of defective motherboard with nearest available equivalent' - even to acknowledged self-build machines.

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