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What constitutes as "building your own PC" so I can use the Windows 7 OEM version?

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April 6, 2014 3:44:54 AM

Basically I want to grab the cheap OEM version of Windows 7. However I wouldn't technically be building a PC. However I might be building one since it depends what you call "building." While this may sound fishy what I mean is that there is a really cheap i5/8gb/1TB PC on Amazon for 350 British pounds sterling (I live in the UK). The only problem is that it doesn't come with Windows 7. Also I want to turn this into a gaming PC by getting the brand new Nvidia graphics card: The GTX 750 since it will run on 300w PSU which is what that cheap PC has. Thus my only thing lacking is an OS and I thought the OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium since it's the cheapest. However, can I legally and officially do this? Does that count as building my own PC? Or would I have to build it from scratch and not update it? If I build my own PC from scratch can I use the OEM or would that only be applicable if I were to sell the PC? In fact, could I go a step further and use the OEM after building a PC from scratch, use it for a while, and then sell it afterwards when I have enough to upgrade? Would that count too? What if I sell it dirt cheap to a friend (for like 1 quid) in exchange that he'd give it right back to me as a gift? Would that work and be legal? Or should I just up and buy the official version or find a PC with Windows 7 already installed on it?

Many thanks in advance for explaining Microsoft's dodgy Windows 7 policies!

P.S. I am asking this because currently I have an ancient dual core/Radeon PC with Windows XP still on it. Yes, it's THAT old!! However all the new next gen games won't work on a dual core let alone XP, so I want to upgrade fast so I can enjoy the likes of the Witcher 3 and so on when they are released.

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April 6, 2014 3:50:17 AM

heres some info, but from i can gather, you can use OEM version if you build the PC yourself, and also if you sell it, then its not considered genuine windows. so for personal use i would say - its ok in my book as long as you dont sell the PC to anyone for profit.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/28440-63-built-window...

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/is-it-ok-to-use-oem-wind...
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April 6, 2014 3:59:38 AM

Yes you can buy and install the OEM version. For Windows 7, it is then licensed to that particular PC.
You can only transfer that copy of Windows if you transfer/sell the whole PC to someone else.

MS licensing terms here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProper...

Nothing in that EULA mentions how much of the PC you have to 'build'.
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April 6, 2014 3:59:42 AM

Thank you! I will keep that in mind for future reference if I ever make a PC myself. That is great news! And I will also read the stuff you posted. I won't get it if I sell the PC though.
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April 6, 2014 4:01:02 AM

Elf_Knight said:
Thank you! I will keep that in mind for future reference if I ever make a PC myself. That is great news! And I will also read the stuff you posted. I won't get it if I sell the PC though.


You can sell the PC.
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April 6, 2014 4:04:28 AM

Oh. I misunderstood. I thought you said that you *CAN'T* sell the PC. That is good to know though in case I want to upgrade and choose to sell it to a friend or on Ebay, for example.
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