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  1. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #11

    bluestringer said:
    I've been building PC's for friends and family
    The following does not apply to the above.

    NavyLCDR said:
    If you are building a system for your personal use ...
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  2. Porthos's Avatar
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       #12

    bluestringer said:
    Thanks for the answers. I've been building PC's for friends and family for a few years and I always use the OEM version. I give them the DVD to go along with the build. I've just never built one and installed Windows from a download put on a USB stick. I'll get a DVD and use it for activation and supply it with the build. Thanks.
    The OEM disk is intended for SELLERS of computers who are not Dell HP etc. Retail versions are for users who build computers for personal use/ not for sale.

    It has always been that way except for Win 8. When 8.1 was released MS changed back to their old ways.

    Just because you can buy an OEM version on Amazon or New Egg does not change the EULA agreement.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #13

    Porthos said:
    The OEM disk is intended for SELLERS of computers who are not Dell HP etc. Retail versions are for users who build computers for personal use/ not for sale.

    It has always been that way except for Win 8. When 8.1 was released MS changed back to their old ways.

    Just because you can buy an OEM version on Amazon or New Egg does not change the EULA agreement.
    Hi there

    @bluestringer

    If you are building / designing computer for a friend etc that counts as an OEM seller -- you don't have to be a multi-person business -- a single person is 100% entitled to run a business from home or even as a hobby -- not sure what the US status is of this type of business but in the EU / EEA this would technically be a "sole trader" and wouldn't have to register if business volume or sales etc less than a specified amount. OEM can even be legit if you just buy 1 mouse !!!!.

    No probs with EULA there.

    What you can't do is make multiple copies of Windows 10 from an installed W7 say system using the free updates techniques. Using OEM (legit) keys is perfectly valid and doesn't interfere with EULA.

    If your friends have their own W7 (retail) copy then the free update is also 100% legit for that machine only.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #14

    jimbo45 said:
    If you are building / designing computer for a friend etc that counts as an OEM seller
    The selling price can be $1.
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