Windows 10: Is Windows 10 OEM?

  1.    03 Nov 2015 #1

    Is Windows 10 OEM?


    Is Windows 10 OEM? If I buy the Windows 10 software and my computer ends up at the bottom of the ocean then don't I have to buy another Windows 10 OS for my next computer build?
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  2.    03 Nov 2015 #2

    That would depend on which type of license you purchase and if you abide by the EULA for that license, just like it always has with previous versions of Windows.
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  3.    03 Nov 2015 #3

    My post was about Windows 10 but all previous versions had 3 ways you could buy. Full, Upgrade, and OEM. I guess Windows 10 like all the other OS's (Now) are OEM. Oh well all good things always come to an end.
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  4.    03 Nov 2015 #4

    lostsoul65 said: View Post
    My post was about Windows 10 but all previous versions had 3 ways you could buy. Full, Upgrade, and OEM. I guess Windows 10 like all the other OS's (Now) are OEM. Oh well all good things always come to an end.
    Huh?

    There are retail versions of 10 for sale. Home is $120US, Pro is $200. The OEM (system builder) versions are $100 and $140 at Newegg.

    I haven't studied the license restrictions, but I assume that the retail versions are transferrable as before.

    I have seen no upgrade versions for sale. Perhaps there will be after the free upgrade offer ends in 2016.
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  5.    03 Nov 2015 #5

    [QUOTE=bobkn;451168]Huh?

    There are retail versions of 10 for sale. Home is $120US, Pro is $200. The OEM (system builder) versions are $100 and $140 at Newegg.

    It sounds like there is a NON OEM version of Windows 10 and it looks like it can be transferred but wait a couple of years and everything will be OEM because I think that in the long run Microsoft will come out a couple of dollar ahead with OEM. Right now you will be hard pressed to buy a NON OEM windows 7. I can't find one.
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  6.    03 Nov 2015 #6

    lostsoul65 said: View Post
    Right now you will be hard pressed to buy a NON OEM windows 7. I can't find one.
    WalMart:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/36009633?w...553312&veh=sem

    Oops...never mind, it's OEM - WalMart just doesn't advertise it as such.

    Anyway, further information:
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help


    However, once you purchase a retail license, it will remain a retail license even after the sales ending date.
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  7.    04 Nov 2015 #7

    lostsoul65 said: View Post
    Right now you will be hard pressed to buy a NON OEM windows 7. I can't find one.
    Windows 8 became generally available 3 years ago. I doubt that MS wants anyone to buy 7 in any form. I presume that 8 will similarly become less available over the next year or so.

    I can't predict Microsoft's licensing scheme for the future. If their philosophy goes as stated, I interpret it that they won't refer to Windows 10 for long. It'll just be Windows.

    I've never seen a breakdown of Microsoft's OS business, but I find it hard to believe that they make much money off of DIY types. Maybe they'll pay more attention to us in future, as more people conduct more of their online life on non-PC devices.
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