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Windows 7: Is ESD licence legal?

17 Apr 2011   #1

Is ESD licence legal?


I've just found on ebay-like auction house Windows 7 Ultimate based on ESD licence. Means that seller sends key via email. He claims that licence is lifetime. The thing is that it's much cheaper than box one (with cd, instructions etc.).

Does such thing really exist? There is no need to have sticker on the machine you use windows on?


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17 Apr 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

About 90% of the ebay win7 sales have been bogus. I have never head of the ESD license.

Buyer BeWare !
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17 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

ESD (electronic software distribution) licenses are meant for academic institutions so they can distribute software to students and faculty more efficiently (without having to deal with bulky disks). They are of 2 types- Work at Home (WAH) licenses and Student select licenses. WAH licenses are are purchased by the institution via volume licensing and granted to faculty and staff for use at home for work purpose. Student licenses are also got through VL and obviously meant for use of the students.

So, such licenses are not meant to be sold retail and certainly not auctioned on ebay. The seller seems to be in possession of such a license and is trying to make some money by misusing it. Beware that like msdn keys on ebay, you'll probably be only one of many persons to which this license will be sold. Eventually the key will be blocked by MS and you'll be left high and dry. Buy only from reputable stores or MS.
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17 Apr 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Very good explanation Bill2
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