Changes in Windows 8 Retail License
In our continued effort to simplify the number of SKUs at retail and prevent customer confusion, Microsoft has made some changes to Windows 8.1 licensing:
1. The full version FPP (fully packaged product) is the sole retail offering in the retail channel. This addresses the greatest number of consumer scenarios (upgrading from previous versions of Windows, installing Windows 8.1 on a Mac, virtual machine, or buildin g a PC from scratch).
2. The DIY (personal use rights) addendum has been removed from COEM product. Microsoft will carry the OEM EULA only and revert COEM product for exclusive use by System Builders, which is the product’s historical intention.
3. Windows 8.1 COEM product now has a single EULA, rather than two.
Changes in Windows 8.1 System Builder License
COEM is still the product that system builders will license for systems they build and sell.
- System Builder product may only be used to preinstall as the operating system on a PC you build to sell to an end user.
- System Builder product may not be used as an upgrade license to an existing underlying Windows operating system.
With the Windows 8.1 System Builder product, you:
- Can do only clean installs for new PCs (no upgrades).
- Will not be able to keep settings, files, or user preferences as it is a clean install.
- Should not display on retail shelf as there’s no retail packaging.
- Must provide support for end users who purchase this product preinstalled on your systems; they will not be able to get customer
- support from Microsoft directly.