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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Jamboo View Post
    Thank you all guys. // So: Are |OEM| and |OEM System Builder| the same version or two different ones, please? (I guess 2 different ones) // PS: does exist a version that you can install on many different PCs?
    A System Builder license is a little odd. If you install it on a PC and then sell the PC, it functions like an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) license: the seller is supposed to provide all support for it. Also, it wouldn't be transferable to a new PC. If you install an SB license on your own PC, it's transferable to a new PC that you own. (Microsoft won't support the installation, though.) I don't know how Microsoft intends to work this.

    Regular OEM installations are the ones from commercial PC makers. They often use a different way of activation than for retail licenses.

    Many different PCs? Don't know of any. The general rule is: one license, one PC. There were exceptions like the Windows 7 Family Pack that was an upgrade license that could be used to activate Windows on 3 PCs. Hardly "many".
    Last edited by bobkn; 26 Mar 2013 at 20:28.

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  2. #12


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Jamboo View Post
    Thank you all guys. // So: Are |OEM| and |OEM System Builder| the same version or two different ones, please? (I guess 2 different ones) // PS: does exist a version that you can install on many different PCs?
    that question was answered in post #5
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  3. #13


    Regarding System Builder OEM, check this: | System Builder product may not be used: 1 As an upgrade license to an existing underlying Windows operating system 2 To legalize from a non-genuine Windows operating system 3 To license more than five copies of the software (in total) for commercial use| What does exactly mean, "not be used to license more than five copies for commercial use"? Does it mean that you can install it on a max of 5 different PCs at the same time? Not much clear that last point to me. EDIT --> Important Changes In The Windows 8 System Builder License (new link) Tnx
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  4. #14


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    In the retail market the boxed versions are OEM. That is what MS calls them. Some retailers like Amazon calls them Personal Use OEM but they are the same.

    Jim
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  6. #16


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    If you really want to get confused, then check this thread out: Win8 OEM System Builder License.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    In the retail market the boxed versions are OEM. That is what MS calls them. Some retailers like Amazon calls them Personal Use OEM but they are the same. Jim
    Did you mean that some retailers call it just "OEM" instead of "OEM System Builder"?
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    Did you see my post #16. Retailers should not just call it OEM without appropriate description/clarification at this time. Perhaps some do. Especially did in the past. See the description at Newegg. The Newegg description is pretty convoluted, but it communicates the basic info.
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