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    Is Microsoft changing its policy on System Builder licensing for Windo

    Is Microsoft changing its policy on System Builder licensing for Windows 8?

    Summary: In a paragraph tacked into the end of last week's announcement of cheap Windows 8 upgrades, Microsoft appears to have made a significant change to its Windows licensing rules. What's really going on?

    By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | July 9, 2012 -- Updated 06:00 GMT (23:00 PDT)
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    Microsoft's Windows licensing policies are confusing and chaotic. Even Windows experts and Microsoft employees routinely get confused on the do's and don'ts of all the different packages.

    That's especially true with the Windows OEM System Builder packages. When Windows 7 shipped, Microsoft made it very clear that this particular package is not authorized for installation by end users. They even went so far as to scrub their OEM partner website of previous comments that had specifically exempted hobbyists.
    Find out more.. Is Microsoft changing its policy on System Builder licensing for Windows 8? | ZDNet

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    My understanding is that:

    The $40 Pro Upgrade is for anyone running a licensed Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer
    The System Builder version is for everyone else. Primarily people that build their own computers or use a Mac or VM, as all computers sold in the last decade should have a valid XP, Vista, or 7 license; and Win8 most likely won't run on an older computer

    Am I right?
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