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  1.    25 Apr 2017 #21

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Well, Microsoft has flip flopped numerous times on the OEM licensing. I know that it was ok in XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8. But it's not OK in Vista, and 8.1. I did some reading today on 10 and it seems that it's not allowed on 10 either.
    Overall, I would think people on an enthusiast board would want the retail license, for the simple fact that they will most likely upgrade, and build a new PC and would most likely want to move that OS from the old computer to the new.
    Yip..I'm not all that clued up re: Vista but since Win8 there were some drastic changes...

    To be fair it was correct as the intention of OEM is for re-sale, just the execution in MS' delivery is lacking...
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  2.    25 Apr 2017 #22
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    Yeah, but MS is pretty clear again that OEM/SystemBuilder is not intended for personal use. Unless you are building the machine to sell to another party and continue to support, you should NOT be purchasing the OEM/SystemBuilder license.
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  3.    25 Apr 2017 #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Yeah, but MS is pretty clear again that OEM/SystemBuilder is not intended for personal use. Unless you are building the machine to sell to another party and continue to support, you should NOT be purchasing the OEM/SystemBuilder license.
    No way to enforce it though. Install, enter key, activate, use. Those copies were to easy to buy too. I bought my Windows 7 OEM from Tiger Direct, no questions asked. I didn't even have to buy any other hardware with it. Same deal for NewEgg etc. I keep my hardware for a long time so I wasn't going to transferring be it to another PC. And it was lot cheaper than buying the full retail. << The usual reason people chose it over Retail version.
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  4.    25 Apr 2017 #24
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    And the thing is, the exact reason why an OEM license is cheaper is because Microsoft is under no obligation to provide any support for it at all. So there is no legitimate reason to complain about it when Microsoft refuses to provide support.
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  5.    25 Apr 2017 #25
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    Yep, buy OEM system builders and you are your tech support. Talking to yourself doesn't usually help though.
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  6.    25 Apr 2017 #26

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yep, buy OEM system builders and you are your tech support. Talking to yourself doesn't usually help though.
    LOL...not that MS' outsourced support is worth paying for anyway...but transferability is.
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  7.    25 Apr 2017 #27
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    Transferability is likely the biggest reason somebody opts for full retail over OEM.
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  8.    25 Apr 2017 #28
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    But it's not like Microsoft strictly enforces non-transferabilty. Just look at what they opened up with linking digital licenses to Microsoft Accounts.
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  9.    25 Apr 2017 #29
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    True but that's only a recent change. It wasn't always that easy to transfer an OEM license. Doesn't seem to matter how you got a DL now. I don't think it matters if it was obtained from an OEM or Retail install, its just a DL. The Product ID might tell you but I don't know how you decode those? In the past it would have xxxxx-OEM-xxxx etc, but I don't think its like that now. Activation has had some big changes with Digital Licenses. And is still changing with the linked to your account stuff. It appears as though every PC gets a DL. The only exception would be Enterprise activated with a KMS key. One would hope KMS keys are excluded.
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  10.    26 Apr 2017 #30
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    Microsoft has flip flopped numerous times
    Yep they have flipped ok in the wrong direction and if I knew then what I know now I would never have touched the 10 OEM and just installed it straight to this machine and then dual booted an ISO of my Home 7 to it afterwards.

    As I said Wonderful Microsoft and even more so after reading some of this rot today
    Microsoft adds another option to its complex Windows 10 patching story | ZDNet some extra links within it making for the folks with a PHd in gobbledegook forget the idiot plebs like myself
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