Hey guys, apologies for the stupid question but im buying windows 7 on amazon, and it sates (This OEM software is intended for system builders only) Just to clarify, this would work with my homebuild, correct? or is it only intended for companies?
Thanks a lot!
Until recently, it was specifically disallowed to use System Builder licenses for personal systems. In reality, though, this is impossible to enforce and everyone did it. Microsoft changed the policy a couple months back, and now it's officially allowed to do this.
When I built my system I just went out and bought a Windows 7 upgrade disc. I looked for a non-upgrade disc or purhase online but didn't find anything. When it came to validate the CD Key I just called Microsoft, told them what I thought happened, and they remoted into my system and validated it for me.
It worked, and I only felt slightly weirded out about Microsoft remoting into my system over the phone.
An OEM will be able to be reinstalled on the ORIGINAL machine it was installed on ONLY... no other, it locks to the motherboard...
All the best Brett
Technically all versions of Windows do that. You just get more activations with the keys before Microsoft's activation server starts denying you.
You can actually get the OEM license moved to another motherboard if you call Microsoft and have a good reason. Having upgraded is not considered a good reason, and Microsoft would like you to buy a new copy of Windows as, by their definition, it is a new computer. If you call them up and tell them that your old motherboard died, however, they'll happily let you reactivate.