Windows 10: Is Windows 10 OEM allowed for system builders?

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  1. Posts : 3,506
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       12 Jun 2016 #11

    tengeezer said: View Post
    Alright, so in theory one can just buy Windows 8 OEM (since Win8 is cool with system builders), and then upgrade to Windows 10 before end of July, right?
    Two vendors I trust:

    You won't save any money - they figured out what people were doing - cheap Win7 / Win8 - upgrade to Win10 ... so they raised the price on 7 & 8 to match 10

    It's worth the extra 50 or 60 bucks for a retail license.
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  2.    12 Jun 2016 #12

    Well, if I can find a cheap Win8 OEM, I'm cool with that.

    What do you think of this? Is it legit?

    http://www.bonanzamarket.co.uk/listi...very/274718566
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       12 Jun 2016 #13

    tengeezer said: View Post
    Well, if I can find a cheap Win8 OEM, I'm cool with that.

    What do you think of this? Is it legit?

    http://www.bonanzamarket.co.uk/listi...very/274718566
    Don't know anything about Bonaza, except it's like Amazon and eBay where people can set up stores.

    You might read over the Bonanza buyer protection page: Shop with Confidence - Bonanza

    The seller, Tech Emporium, accepts returns up to 30 days ... but I know nothing about Tech Emporium

    In the end, it does seem to be a great deal, but only you can decide if a cheap price + hassles are worth it.
    Many low priced sellers aren't trustworthy and who knows what you get for 38.16. Some might put the Windows 10 ISO on a thumbdrive and hope you don't notice there is no key to install.

    It's your call tengeezer.
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  4.    12 Jun 2016 #14

    Cheers. I'll do some more research.
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       12 Jun 2016 #15

    Slartybart said: View Post
    It's worth the extra 50 or 60 bucks for a retail license.
    I agree totally with that comment.

    The retail license is well worth the extra over OEM if you build your own system for personal use. It saves so much hassle in the future, for instance if you upgrade your mobo and CPU
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  6.    13 Jun 2016 #16

    Yep, agreed 50 dollars extra is defo worth a retail license. But if it's costing almost 200 dollars extra, then that's a different matter.
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  7.    13 Jun 2016 #17

    Wow, found something even cheaper:

    http://www.kinguin.net/product/36994...ional-oem-key/
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  8. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       13 Jun 2016 #18

    Win 8 .0, why not pick Win10 Pro (OEM)?
    Steam CD Keys and Game Keys - Compare Buy | Kinguin.net

    I did read a little about Kinguin, another market site - sellers from anywhere can list their wares.
    Kinguin has an extra charge that sort of protects you against unscrupulous sellers.

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    Don't forget about S&H and tax.

    I would never use my credit or debit card on any unknown site, I'm not sure if these sites would accept a purchased Visa or Mastercard (not a gift card) - that will cost another $5 or $10 for the fee on the card. Worth it if you consider the cost of having your real card numbers posted on the net.

    The call is still yours to make - the answer will always be the same no matter how many cheap Windows you find.
    Caveat emptor!
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  9.    13 Jun 2016 #19

    Slartybart said: View Post
    Win 8 .0, why not pick Win10 Pro (OEM)?
    Because the whole point is that Win 10 OEM is illegal unless you're a system seller.

    But Win 8 OEM is actually legal for personal use, thus a cheap way to get Windows 10 for free.
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  10. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       13 Jun 2016 #20

    tengeezer said: View Post
    Because the whole point is that Win 10 OEM is illegal unless you're a system seller.
    But Win 8 OEM is actually legal for personal use, thus a cheap way to get Windows 10 for free.
    The same rules apply for any Windows OEM license.

    I've run out out conversation on this issue - you'll have to decide what to do.
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