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Old 03-29-2008, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Opening Statement.

Just to clarify, the remarks made in this thread are for informational purposes only. To transfer a license, Windows must be fully removed from the original machine before it is installed on the new machine. This means that you cannot use a Ghost Image, Drive Image or any other image from a previous machine with a new machine, you cannot take the drive out of the old machine and place it in the new machine or anything else. You must format the drive entirely to be eligible for transfer. Retail copies are eligible for transfer, OEM copies are not.

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Just for even more clarification. OEM's are tied to that hardware. You can reinstall it as many times as you want on the same machine. But if you change mother board, the license is no good anymore. The License stays with the Mother board and dies with the mother board. This is the TRUE and full on agreement of the EULA with OEM licenses. The license is NOT transferrable to any other machine at all. The software will not activate on another machine. Now you can lie to them, but plain and simple, if you get the software activated on more than 1 machine, you are in violation of the EULA and using the software illegally. That is the truth behind the OEM EULA. There is only 1 exception to this. If you can prove that the mother board is faulty. Only then can you replace the mother board and not have to get a new License.



Now let me make this clear. 1 Serial = 1 PC.



Now what i mean by that is you can install the OS and activate it by the Internet on that number of machines. This can only be done 1 machine at a time. You can only have 1 copy activated and operating on the Internet at any given time to be within the EULA and terms of the license agreement to be fully legal.


It doesn't matter which you buy. The software can be used on any machine just like a regular OS. Being OEM just means that it is bought by System Builds are a discounted rate. Nothing more. It will act just like a regular version of XP or Vista without any extra software needed. It will install and load up just like any other OS.


Technically with a OEM Serial once the System is done being used, the Serial goes with it. If the mother board dies, the license dies with it.


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OEM
= Original Equipment Manufacturer. This is the software that is used by Dell, Hp and the rest and comes pre-installed on your pre-built machines. If you buy it from any online vendor it does not come with any boxes or instructions. It will be just the disc. NewEgg, TigerDirect, Amazon are just examples of the places you can use.

Retail = what you buy at stores like Office Max or Wal-Mart. There are other Retailers you can get them from. Office Max and Wal-Mart are just examples.


Windows XP OEM

This can be used to activate on 1 machine. Can NOT be transferred!

Windows XP Retail

This can be used to activate 1 machine at any given time. Can be transferred to 3 machines in total, will require a call to Microsoft to activate after 3rd machine.

Windows Vista OEM

This can be used to activate 1 machine. Can NOT be Transferred!

Windows Vista Retail

This can be used to activate 1 machine at any given time. Can be transferred to 3 machines in total, will require a call to Microsoft to activate after 3rd machine.

Windows 7 OEM

This can be used to activate 1 Machine. Can NOT be transferred!

Windows 7 Retail

This can be used to activate 1 machine at any given time. Can be transferred to 3 machines in total, will require a call to Microsoft to activate after 3rd machine.

Windows 7 Family Pack

This can be used to activate 3 separate machines. As it comes with a Volume License Key that allows for 3 machines to be activated at once using the same serial.

Download for the EULA of various Microsoft Products.

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17. TRANSFER TO ANOTHER COMPUTER.
a. Software Other than Windows Anytime Upgrade. You may transfer the software and install it on another computer for your use. That computer becomes the licensed computer. You may not do so to share this license between computers.
b. Windows Anytime Upgrade Software. You may transfer the software and install it on another computer, but only if the license terms of the software you upgraded from allows you to do so. That computer becomes the licensed computer. You may not do so to share this license between computers.

18. TRANSFER TO A THIRD PARTY.
a. Software Other Than Windows Anytime Upgrade. The first user of the software may make a one time transfer of the software and this agreement, by transferring the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to a third party. The first user must remove the software before transferring it separately from the computer. The first user may not retain any copies of the software.
b. Windows Anytime Upgrade Software. You may transfer the software directly to a third party only with the licensed computer. You may not keep any copies of the software or any earlier edition.
c. Other Requirements. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.
Taken directly from the Windows 7 EULA for Retail purchases.
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Default Re: Differences between OEM and Retail

Doesn't OEM mean "Original Equipment Manufacture"? That's what it says on Wikipedia.
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Meh. I switched a word around. Fixed now.
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yeah there has been a few Q's about retail and OEM lately...
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Any place you go people ask questions about this. Many people buy OEM disks and ask those precise questions about upgrading and having more then one system onhand. This is a good time to take notes.
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media center is more forgiving on activations on the same hardware
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Intially if you had to reinstall Windows a few times within a narrow time frame it was... oops! time to call MS in order to get XP reactivated with no hardware changes at all. Since Vista's release and having to reinstall XP on different occasions the activation was done instantly. And lately that was seen when moving both XP and Vista around between drives too.
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media center is more forgiving on activations on the same hardware
I have MCE - you aren't kidding. I click my mouse two times and its re and re and re activated :P.
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Oem means its only the product by itself. No paperwork, box, or any accessories. Just the product alone.

Retail means it comes in a fancy box, paperwork, accessories. Basically everything out of the box to get that product running
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Yeah. Exactly what i said in the first post.

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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer. This is the software that is used by Dell, Hp and the rest and comes pre-installed on your pre-built machines. If you buy it from any online vendor it does not come with any boxes or instructions. It will be just the disc. NewEgg, TigerDirect, Amazon are just examples of the places you can use.

Retail = what you buy at stores like Office Max or Wal-Mart. There are other Retailers you can get them from. Office Max and Wal-Mart are just examples.
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