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Vista OEM Upgrade?

  1. #21


    Hello Brink,

    I think that you can only get a retail upgrade copy of W8, and that is what you have if you order the upgrade DVD(s) or request a download.

    I don't think there is a OEM version. Your link refers to a full pre-installed version of Windows 8 not an upgrade as such. Agree?

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  2. #22


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    Yes, the retail EULA is for the upgrade copy since the upgrade is a retail copy. Thus the part below in it. This doesn't include the system builder copy. The system builder copy has it's own EULA.
    What about upgrading the software?
    The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

    OEM comes into play with the $14.99 special since that is for when you recently purchase a computer that has Windows 7 preinstalled on it. That would be an OEM copy of Windows 7. Since upgrading from an OEM copy, you would fall under the OEM EULA.
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  3. #23


    If I follow the $14.99 special link it says:
    Do I have to install the Windows 8 upgrade on the eligible PC, or can I install it on another PC?

    The upgrade offer is tied to a Windows 7 PC purchased from June 2nd, 2012 through January 31, 2013, but you can choose to redeem the offer and install the upgrade on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying base operating system.



    I would have thought that this means that you can transfer it though I don't know how you formally redeem the offer.
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by machare View Post
    If I follow the $14.99 special link it says:
    Do I have to install the Windows 8 upgrade on the eligible PC, or can I install it on another PC?

    The upgrade offer is tied to a Windows 7 PC purchased from June 2nd, 2012 through January 31, 2013, but you can choose to redeem the offer and install the upgrade on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying base operating system.

    I would have thought that this means that you can transfer it though I don't know how you formally redeem the offer.
    This is where I'm confused. The terms are complicated.
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by idog8818 View Post
    This is where I'm confused. The terms are complicated.
    It means that if you have a qualifying OS for the offer you can purchase it at a discount, and you then have a choice.

    You can then install this upgrade to any PC you own ( with a windows OS) and the upgrade will then be linked to that original OS.

    Basically having just bought a Windows 7 PC you can have an even cheaper upgrade to windows 8. This upgrade is not linked to the qualifying purchase (Windows 7 PC) and will be linked to an OS when installed as per a normally purchased upgrade.
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  6. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by aramil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by idog8818 View Post
    This is where I'm confused. The terms are complicated.
    It means that if you have a qualifying OS for the offer you can purchase it at a discount, and you then have a choice.

    You can then install this upgrade to any PC you own ( with a windows OS) and the upgrade will then be linked to that original OS.

    Basically having just bought a Windows 7 PC you can have an even cheaper upgrade to windows 8. This upgrade is not linked to the qualifying purchase (Windows 7 PC) and will be linked to an OS when installed as per a normally purchased upgrade.

    Brink mentioned that
    In addition, since this the $14.99 special, we are dealing with an OEM copy of Windows 7 and not a retail copy. I would imagine that the Windows 8 will be permanently tied to the client's computer now since it has been activated on it.

    My point is to find out whether online $14.99 version is the retail version and transferable to third party. I'm not sure whether Brink is the person from MS but if he's collect, the $14.99 version is binded to the Key/OS during the reg phrase and considered as OEM, it's then cannot be transferred or resale.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In addition, since this the $14.99 special, we are dealing with an OEM copy of Windows 7 and not a retail copy. I would imagine that the Windows 8 will be permanently tied to the client's computer now since it has been activated on it.

    Hi Brink, not sure whether you from MS or not, are you sure the $14.99 version is considered as a OEM? When I check online, the T&C said the owner can installed it on other pcs, then it seems it may be the retail version?
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  8. #28


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    Hello idog,

    No, I'm not from MS.

    It's just that since the $14.99 special is for a recently purchased OEM Windows 7 PC to upgrade to Windows 8, I'm just assuming that the OEM EULA would apply here even though the upgrade to Windows 8 is still technically the same as the others. After all, you are upgrading from an OEM.

    That's just my interpretation.
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello idog,

    No, I'm not from MS.

    It's just that since the $14.99 special is for a recently purchased OEM Windows 7 PC to upgrade to Windows 8, I'm just assuming that the OEM EULA would apply here even though the upgrade to Windows 8 is still technically the same as the others. After all, you are upgrading from an OEM.

    That's just my interpretation.

    Thanks, it seems the $14.99 version is the retail version.
    Reason 1: it has 90 days support from MS which OEM shouldn't have.
    Will I receive support when I upgrade?
    Yes. Windows 8 comes with 90 days of no-charge support from Microsoft. The 90-day period begins when Windows 8 installation and activation is complete. Note: telecom or other access fees may apply.


    Reason 2: Upgrade SoftwareEach upgrade license will apply to only one PC and may only be installed on PCs with a valid base license to a qualifying operating system (i.e., Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7).
    While the offer will be limited to eligible customers who purchase a qualified PC, the upgrade may be installed on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying operating system (see Windows 8 System Requirements). Customers should visit their PC manufacturer’s website for more information on how to upgrade their PC to Windows 8, including updated software and drivers.

    If it's OEM, it shouldn't be able to installed on any compatible PC.

    Source: Windows Upgrade Offer - Program Information
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