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Is it legal to Distribute Windows 8 trial on our customers

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    Is it legal to Distribute Windows 8 trial on our customers


    Is it legal to install windows 8 trial on our customers we have a computer retail store and we cant sell pirated software of any kind but some of our customer isnt familiar on Linux OSes we are just thinking if we could use windows 8 trial and about the legality of our installation tnx hope for your reply "hope someone would put some link regarding this issue tnx"

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    NO, as the windows 8 trial is for your personal testing only.

    MS Business guide.

    Microsoft Refurbished PC Licensing Guidelines FY13Q3.zip

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Q. I have acquired a used PC with the original manufacturer’s
    Windows desktop operating system COA on the computer’s
    case and the matching copy of the original OEM recovery
    media disk or recovery media image that came with the PC
    when it was new. Is the Original Equipment Manufacturer
    (OEM) Windows desktop operating system on this used PC
    properly licensed?


    A. Yes, in this case it appears that you have the genuine OEM
    Windows desktop operating system software which is designed
    exclusively for computer manufacturers to preinstall on their
    computers. Genuine OEM software always comes with a COA
    (note: the OEM COA is different from an orange retail proof of
    license label) and a manual or Quick Start Guide. Some major
    manufacturers provide an OEM disc for reinstalling programs,
    while smaller manufacturers are required to provide a Microsoft
    Windows edge-to-edge hologram disc. OEM software cannot
    be downloaded and may not be unbundled or re-bundled from
    sources other than the OEM selling you the computer.

    Q. I have recovery media from a manufacturer that will install
    the Windows operating system on a different model than
    the one specified on the media. I also have recovery media
    from one manufacturer that works on PCs from another
    manufacturer. Can I use these for the PCs I am refurbishing?


    A. No. Recovery media can only be used with the original PC that
    it accompanied when supplied by the OEM to the end user
    customer.
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    Windows 8 SL


    tnx even the one that can be downloaded in msdn or the regular DVD retail
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I suppose if you have a used PC and it has all of the original recovery disks and driver disks, you can use those.

    That's what I do, I aquire old computers from people who have upgraded and I get all of their recovery media, then I just use them to "recover" the original OS and install all of the drivers and original OEM programs.

    Sometimes the "Recovery" disk is a Norton Ghost Image, that just re-installs the original OS, sometimes it is a Windows Install Disk, with a built in Key that you cannot add or change, that self-activates and it is made specifically for the hardware on that particular PC, so if you change something major in there, it will fail to activate. The you have to buy a new Key.

    You MAY be able to contact MS, ask them for some legit Trial installers, they will come with all of the documentation needed. You have to be in the System Builder Program to get those. The original System Builder program I did was a box full of about 15 Windows 95 installers, keys and those stickers. Those disks are only legal to use with Brand New Systems.

    I remember I used to buy non-licensed Windows XP install disks from PC-Club, they sold them for 5 bucks apiece, I would buy my own licenses for those, but I always gave the CD to whoever I sold the system to, I never made copies of it.

    I don't know if PC-Club was strictly legit with that practice, they would do it for me cos I was pumping several hundred bucks into their store a month. But then they all miraculously vanished off trhe face of the earth in about one day. One Day, I bought a ton of hardware from them, the very next day the whole STORE was vacant, no warning, not a single clue this was gonna happen:

    PC Club Net - The Company
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    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by joellem View Post
    tnx even the one that can be downloaded in msdn or the regular DVD retail
    Definitely not the one that can be downloaded from MSDN (or Technet).

    Not to fuss at you, because you have asked. We who have Technet or MSDN licenses had our "testing rights" severely limited because some bad apples used their subscriptions to install unauthorized copies on other people's machines. The Technet and MSDN subscriptions are for testing by the license holder, and no one else.

    Y'see, Windows must be installed with a key and activated before it can be used. Once that's done, that copy of Windows has been "used" and is no longer available for any other machine. I know this because of the EULA and also because if I upgrade to a better machine, I have to call Microsoft to be able to activate my legal copy again.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I've always had to buy new keys, even for machines with Windows 7 that came with the recovery disks- Unless the Windows 7 on those machines was still viable, then I just delete all of the programs that were installed and make a new blank User account and delete the old one. But if the new user wants to re-install Windows 7, it's on them to buy a new Key.

    If the recovery medium had to be used, especially on those systems that had a Ghost Image, sometimes they come up activated, but after a few days, the activation fails and you have to buy a new key. If the recovery medium requires a Key be installed, you can enter the key that's on the machine, but most likely it will make you buy a new one.
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    Texas
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I've always had to buy new keys, even for machines with Windows 7 that came with the recovery disks- Unless the Windows 7 on those machines was still viable, then I just delete all of the programs that were installed and make a new blank User account and delete the old one. But if the new user wants to re-install Windows 7, it's on them to buy a new Key.

    If the recovery medium had to be used, especially on those systems that had a Ghost Image, sometimes they come up activated, but after a few days, the activation fails and you have to buy a new key. If the recovery medium requires a Key be installed, you can enter the key that's on the machine, but most likely it will make you buy a new one.
    Ah, yes, you're right, Xwe, and I just didn't make myself quite clear. Other than laptops I build all my own systems. That is, except for this last HP Pavilion 500-56, which was priced right. Even so, I probably will do a clean install of 8.1 since 8 is OEM (can you say recovery and new key?)

    Sooooooooo, that being said, on the systems I build, of course, there's nothing to recover. I just put the current OS on and go from there. Usually, each build will last through several hardware upgrades and eventually, I'll wind up with a new mobo or hard drive in it. That's usually when I wind up having to call Microsoft to reactivate.

    I keep saying I'm getting to the age of this being the last computer I'll need, but so far, it seems I'm suckered in with each new thing that pops up.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yah, when I make a new system for someone, MS makes some money off them, thats for sure. But I always build it so that I won't have to see it for at least a year,

    That's why I handle people's used systems, it is almost as bad as wearing someone else's dirty socks, but I've come across some great systems, and saved some people a lot of money - If they don't have to buy an OS, they can buy some programs.

    Whenever I get a new OEM system for myself, I GET all of the real, physical Disks that come with it, or it gets sent back for a full refund.

    Otherwise I just make my own or rebuild one I had.
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    Joisey
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    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    You should be having your lawyer ask Microsoft. You will get as many opinions as there are posters here.
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    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Reading the EULA saves a lawyer fee.
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