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Windows 7: I need a legal new copy of Windows 7

31 May 2017   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/...cp120094en.pdf

A company called UsedSoft sells a lot of used licenses to goverment bodies, police departments, etc. I believe they also have offices in India and possibly elsewhere.

It shouldn't be hard to understand. If you buy a car, you can sell the tyres or battery if you wish.

Software is not somehow magically different. It is a product you buy.


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31 May 2017   #12
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I thought we end-users purchase licenses, the rights to use the software, we actually never do buy the software itself; do I understand incorrectly?
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31 May 2017   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/...cp120094en.pdf



It not up to MS to "allow". They are not allowed to oppose it. Tying software to hardware is restrictive practice. Used software is widely available in Europe. For example, a very successful company called UsedSoft sells a lot of used licenses to goverment bodies, police departments, etc. I believe they also have offices in India and possibly elsewhere.

It shouldn't be hard to understand. If you buy a car, you can sell the tyres or battery if you wish. It is no use the tyre manufacturer writing something on a piece of paper to try and stop you.

Software is not somehow magically different. It is a product you buy. When you have bought it, the right of distribution passes to you.

That is what buying means.

It is why it is better to buy than to rent. . Now you know why MS and others are so keen for you to rent.They call it "subscribe" because renting has bad connotations
In the U.S., software is not a product you buy; you are only paying for the license. You merely pay for a license to use the software. In the EU, legally, software is considered a product and the seller loses control of the product when the first owner sells it. However, in real life, that isn't always true. According to the EULA, MS is not obligated to reactivate the license of an OEM and has been increasingly refusing to do so when people try to move an OEM OS from one MOBO to another. There is also the issue of, when you install and activate an OEM MS OS, you agree to MS' EULA which prohibits transferring an OEM. Even though the EU ruling supersedes that, good luck getting MS to go along with it. The EU ruling also may have something to do with why you can easily buy Win 7 Pro OEM in the US but not so easily anymore, if at all, in Europe.
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31 May 2017   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My understanding.
One only pays for the right to use Windows according to the EULA. No one owns Windows except Microsoft. If one sell their copy of Windows the EULA agreement goes with it.

This is a better explanation.

Windows License Types Explained

BUT

Their might be some nations that have laws that state different and the EULA may be different in those nations.

I think Windows 7 is cheap for what you get. I paid $140.00 for my copies of Windows 7 Pro and they are well worth it.
I have thousands invested in hardware that would be useless without a a good operating system to make it all work proper together.

Jack
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31 May 2017   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

In real life MS abides by the law, irrespective of your imaginings.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
In the U.S., software is not a product you buy; you are only paying for the license. You merely pay for a license to use the software. In the EU, legally, software is considered a product and the seller loses control of the product when the first owner sells it. However, in real life, that isn't always true. According to the EULA, MS is not obligated to reactivate the license of an OEM and has been increasingly refusing to do so when people try to move an OEM OS from one MOBO to another. There is also the issue of, when you install and activate an OEM MS OS, you agree to MS' EULA which prohibits transferring an OEM. Even though the EU ruling supersedes that, good luck getting MS to go along with it. The EU ruling also may have something to do with why you can easily buy Win 7 Pro OEM in the US but not so easily anymore, if at all, in Europe.
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31 May 2017   #16
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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It is not up to MS.
Tell MS that. Maybe they will listen to you.
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31 May 2017   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It could be very simple to me.
If one doesn't like Microsoft's EULA then find another brand of operating system to use.
Know one make one pay for Microsoft's operating systems or use them.

Jack
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31 May 2017   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Jack,
Thanks for your comment
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31 May 2017   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

MS abide by the law, not by what I tell them, or what you imagine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Tell MS that. Maybe they will listen to you.
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31 May 2017   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
MS abide by the law, not by what I tell them, or what you imagine.
You keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile, here on Earth...
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