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Can I use an OEM in my computer build?

Hello everyone,

I'm building my first PC and I'm at the stage of choosing an operating system. I'm choosing windows 7 64 bit as I'm familiar with it from my laptop.

I've found an OEM on Amazon for the above OS (seen here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1) for a satisfactory price, however I'm confused trying to find all the facts behind what an OEM is. Apparently they're only for system builders who go on to sell their computers to a third party, however in the past if you were building a computer it was OK to use it for yourself.

I'm really confused; can I use this software on my new PC or not? If so, are there any restrictions? If I install it to my computer will it run perfectly well but I'll technically be violating one of the many paragraphs of lawyer speak in the terms and conditions?

If anyone could give me any answers or helpful tips, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks for reading!
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    Harley Fraser said:
    Hello everyone,

    I'm building my first PC and I'm at the stage of choosing an operating system. I'm choosing windows 7 64 bit as I'm familiar with it from my laptop.

    I've found an OEM on Amazon for the above OS (seen here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1) for a satisfactory price, however I'm confused trying to find all the facts behind what an OEM is. Apparently they're only for system builders who go on to sell their computers to a third party, however in the past if you were building a computer it was OK to use it for yourself.

    I'm really confused; can I use this software on my new PC or not? If so, are there any restrictions? If I install it to my computer will it run perfectly well but I'll technically be violating one of the many paragraphs of lawyer speak in the terms and conditions?

    If anyone could give me any answers or helpful tips, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks for reading!

    Yes it will work on your PC but OEM has some drawbacks
    1. Micro$oft doesn't provide support for it so if you have issues ur on your own
    2. You have 1 license and its tied to your MB so if you ever replace ur MB or it dies you will have to rebuy the os
    3. You only Get one type of license so either the 64 bit version or 32 bit version and not both like the Full version
    other than that its the same
    The Doctor
  2. The_Doctor said:
    Harley Fraser said:
    Hello everyone,

    I'm building my first PC and I'm at the stage of choosing an operating system. I'm choosing windows 7 64 bit as I'm familiar with it from my laptop.

    I've found an OEM on Amazon for the above OS (seen here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1) for a satisfactory price, however I'm confused trying to find all the facts behind what an OEM is. Apparently they're only for system builders who go on to sell their computers to a third party, however in the past if you were building a computer it was OK to use it for yourself.

    I'm really confused; can I use this software on my new PC or not? If so, are there any restrictions? If I install it to my computer will it run perfectly well but I'll technically be violating one of the many paragraphs of lawyer speak in the terms and conditions?

    If anyone could give me any answers or helpful tips, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks for reading!

    Yes it will work on your PC but OEM has some drawbacks
    1. Micro$oft doesn't provide support for it so if you have issues ur on your own
    2. You have 1 license and its tied to your MB so if you ever replace ur MB or it dies you will have to rebuy the os
    3. You only Get one type of license so either the 64 bit version or 32 bit version and not both like the Full version
    other than that its the same
    The Doctor


    Thank you! Much clearer!
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