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Windows 7: open licenses

07 Nov 2010   #1
jon2010moon

windows 7 home prem 32bit
 
 
open licenses

hi i was thinking about building my own business but was going through a few checklists before i make a move, and read up about open license and volume license, which is best if im building computers and selling them on to customers, and how do i go about buying the licenses.

thanks


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07 Nov 2010   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Niether, these are business Enterprise licences and are non transferrable

What you will need is OEM licences, which are available at many online sources

The OEM licence should be cheaper that the retail but they do have limitations

They are not transferable to another system once installed and the equipment supplier (you), is responsible for system support, to the end user, not Microsoft.
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07 Nov 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You cannot use select or volume licenses on systems you plan to sell to another party. These are intended for the desktops within your organization that you are going to use to do business.

You need to look into OEM licensing.

Edit: Seems Barman and I might have been typing at about the same time.
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07 Nov 2010   #4
jon2010moon

windows 7 home prem 32bit
 
 

thanks barman, so for each unit i have to buy a oem version of windows, i cant buy loads of keys to activate them with, or use the one oem disc to install to many
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07 Nov 2010   #5
jon2010moon

windows 7 home prem 32bit
 
 

thanks both for your help, didnt want to go down the wrong route, and end up paying more then i should or breaking the law.
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07 Nov 2010   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Bulk licensing for OEM versions is of course possible, and even includes the possibility of automatic authorisation - this is after all what the likes of Dell, HP, Etc. do.

However, unless you are intending to supply volumes in thousands of units a year it is unlikely that this option would be available to you. It is though possible to purchase volumes of OEM disks from Microsoft. Checkout your local Microsoft sales team for volumes and prices

One other thing, depending on your intended client base you may want to offer retail licences (boxed with disks), on those systems that are intended for enthusiast users, as the OEM restrictions would not be attractive to users who tend to upgrade often
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07 Nov 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The thing with OEM's...is that when you buy thousands and thousands of them like Dell, HP, IBM...i'm sure you get very reduced pricing. However, as an independent shop...buying 10's or 100's...of copies...I'm not sure you are going to really get a discounted rate. The benefit to your business is quality, local service...which is usually unmatched by Dell, IBM or HP.
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07 Nov 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are e.g. OEM 3-packs that are a bit cheaper than the sum of the three. Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 3-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
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