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Microsoft to Grant Windows 8 System Builder License to Home-Built PCs

By - Source: ZDNet | B 38 comments

Microsoft is slightly, but very distinctively changing the license agreements for Windows.

With Windows 8, Microsoft acknowledges for the first time installations on home-built computers.

ZDNet got a hold of the new license agreements that affect the upgrade sold via retail, the OEM license agreement as well as system builder license relating to personal use systems. If you are building your own PC, you can, effectively take advantage of OEM versions instead of having to purchase a full and more expensive retail license.

ZDNet quotes the personal use license for system builders and Windows 8 Pro as follows:

We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license, we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) as the operating system on a computer that you build for your personal use, or as an additional operating system running on a local virtual machine or a separate partition, subject to the restrictions outlined under “Are there things I’m not allowed to do with the software?”

Note that Microsoft also takes virtual machines and multiple operating systems on the same computer in consideration. This is also a first for Windows. According to ZDNet, Microsoft currently sells Windows in three packages - retail upgrades, full retail licenses , and OEM System Builder packages that are not permitted to be run on personally built systems. This appears to be changing now with Windows 8.

 

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    techcurious , August 22, 2012 1:26 PM
    I think the point is that OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) versions of Windows (or Windows License) were "Legally" meant to be used only by companies that build computers and sell them. Now they are officially saying in the License Agreement that it is OK for us "Home-Builders" to use the OEM license.. something we have been doing all along anyway and they had been turning a blind eye to all along.. ;-)
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    killerclick , August 22, 2012 1:22 PM
    Wow, thanks Microsoft, but I'm set with Windows 7 until 2020 or until your whole mobile strategy collapses and you come to your senses.
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    akopp21 , August 22, 2012 1:26 PM
    Quote:
    Again ... WTF!
    Most people that read this site already have built their own systems for years.
    guess which version most people use?
    OEM of course.


    According to the license on previous versions of Windows, you weren't legally allowed to use that OEM copy on a computer you built for yourself. You were only supposed to use OEM if you were selling the computer to someone else.
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    kawininjazx , August 22, 2012 1:04 PM
    I don't get it, there was always OEM and retail editions.
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    drwho1 , August 22, 2012 1:10 PM
    I just had a laugh!
    I have NEVER bought a packaged OS, and will never do.
    I have bought OEM since Windows 95, there is no point on getting a box that you will throw away anyways, not to mention the ridiculous overprice for that card board box.

    Is also a joke that M$ who has always sold OEM thru many online retailers that it has taken them all this time to "acknowledge" this fact.

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    bustapr , August 22, 2012 1:12 PM
    kawininjazxI don't get it, there was always OEM and retail editions.

    if Im not mistaken this allows you to use an OEM liscense from a retail pc on youre homebuilt machine, thus saving you ALOT of money. before, you had to buy a new liscense because OEM liscenses are tied to the original mobo.
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    drwho1 , August 22, 2012 1:15 PM
    bustaprif Im not mistaken this allows you to use an OEM liscense from a retail pc on youre homebuilt machine, thus saving you ALOT of money. before, you had to buy a new liscense because OEM liscenses are tied to the original mobo.


    Again ... WTF!
    Most people that read this site already have built their own systems for years.
    guess which version most people use?
    OEM of course.
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    killerclick , August 22, 2012 1:22 PM
    Wow, thanks Microsoft, but I'm set with Windows 7 until 2020 or until your whole mobile strategy collapses and you come to your senses.
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    akopp21 , August 22, 2012 1:26 PM
    Quote:
    Again ... WTF!
    Most people that read this site already have built their own systems for years.
    guess which version most people use?
    OEM of course.


    According to the license on previous versions of Windows, you weren't legally allowed to use that OEM copy on a computer you built for yourself. You were only supposed to use OEM if you were selling the computer to someone else.
  • 24 Hide
    techcurious , August 22, 2012 1:26 PM
    I think the point is that OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) versions of Windows (or Windows License) were "Legally" meant to be used only by companies that build computers and sell them. Now they are officially saying in the License Agreement that it is OK for us "Home-Builders" to use the OEM license.. something we have been doing all along anyway and they had been turning a blind eye to all along.. ;-)
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    techcurious , August 22, 2012 1:28 PM
    @akopp21 .... what browser are you using!? it seems like it's a few "milliseconds" faster than mine! :p 
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    bustapr , August 22, 2012 1:33 PM
    oh well, my mistake then. I never really knew that since all the pcs Ive built for myself and for others was with college student deals that got me Win7 for like $30. never had need to buy a retail copy in any store.
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    gtvr , August 22, 2012 1:38 PM
    College student deals are not the OEM version. They are discounted for that specific channel.
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    Anonymous , August 22, 2012 1:40 PM
    And nobody that I know has ever respected that bit of the EULA, so honestly, this is pretty moot. I'd like to see Microsoft even try to come after me, and the hundreds of thousands of people who, like me, build comps with OEM windows. It would be pretty comical.
    Who in their right mind would buy a retail version, if they know how to assemble a PC?
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    ojas , August 22, 2012 1:50 PM
    I honestly don't see anything to bash MS about here...
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    booyaah , August 22, 2012 2:08 PM
    The reason people buy retail for their home built machines is they know they will be upgrading them. As soon as you swap out for a new motherboard, an OEM license key is no longer valid where the retail key can be transferred to different computers.
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    hrhuffnpuff , August 22, 2012 2:14 PM
    ojasI honestly don't see anything to bash MS about here...


    Don't worry some knucklehead will try to troll and bash. And at least MS is trying to do something right for once, though, for us home builders. Unless you have a MSDN license, but that is not economical.
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    womble , August 22, 2012 2:20 PM
    Just an acknowledgement and rubber stamping of what already goes on, nothing too much to get excited about. It will still be an OEM licence and I very much doubt that they'll be altering it so that you can transfer it to a new build. OEM is great if you are saving a fair bit and know that the system won't have motherboard upgrades and I've used it once or twice. Depends on what the pricing is of course, if it is something like $100 well they may as well call it something different as I'd imagine most OEMs would be paying more like a fraction of that.

    As an upgrade from XP the opening fire sale is pretty much a no brainer, much like the opening offer on 7. Full pricing after the offer is where it's at and if they are hoping for $200 a pop, well it might be a bit of a tougher sell.
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    paladiin , August 22, 2012 2:59 PM
    All the copies that I have gotten from the Egg have been OEM and they lasted me across seven builds so far. Every time I change out parts I just give Microsoft customer support a call and verify that the current computer is the only one running that copy of 7. That includes changing MBs, GFX cards, HDs and CPUs. Haven't had any problems so no reason to bash as far as I know...
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    paladiin , August 22, 2012 3:01 PM
    On a side note I have also used the keys from my laptops to put windows on desktops. Again, one quick call and I was good to go. I didn't even know that you weren't supposed to transfer keys to new systems but MS has never given me any flak about it...
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    wildkitten , August 22, 2012 3:06 PM
    belardoLinux has no such complicated or vast EULAs.


    Or "complicated" software support, or a large user base in comparison...
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    ssddx , August 22, 2012 3:22 PM
    if i'm not mistaken, the only real difference between the fancy retail box package and the oem package is that retail comes with support from microsoft. since this support comes from you know where, there really is only one choice: the oem version.

    as far as the oem version being for retail companies only: this rule was never really enforced. i think this was just some corporate bureaucracy to cover their own rear. if ms truly wanted to enforce this then they would have.

    while true that the oem copies of windows are tied to the motherboard you can transfe this license to another computer if you claim your motherboard got fried and you had to replace it. i've done it in the past (for windows xp) without issues. as long as you only use it on one pc then microsoft could really care less.

    everyone can stop the ms bashing. if anything this is a concession to home builders.
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