Edited by rdv-eu, 25 December 2008 - 10:59 AM.
[WIN] Buying Windows XP OEM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 10:56 AM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 02:13 PM
Also, OEM licenses typically come with a new PC, but it's not limited to that scenario. It can be extended to any piece of computer hardware.
Now the System Builder Pack, on the other hand, is a little different and doesn't have the same purchase restrictions as it's meant for OEM suppliers.
Therefore, as long as you're okay with supporting Windows and not contacting Microsoft for assistance, then I wouldn't worry about it.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:19 PM
I thought I made a big mistake after I found this and this website on the internet. According to these web sites, I'm using a pirated copy...
Bullshit. If that was piracy, websites like NewEgg and TigerDirect would have been sunk long ago. Just do a search for "Windows XP" or "Windows Vista" and the first ones you see are the OEM editions. In fact, check out this TigerDirect advertisement, and notice which edition the links are going to. Anyone whose buying a Windows license through these websites goes for the OEM license. You'd be an idiot not to. The only extra things you get with the retail editions are a fancy box and Microsoft phone support.
Their requirement used to be that you had to buy some piece of hardware with it - for example a power cord - and that copy could be used on a machine with that power cord. But not anymore. Now you could buy an OEM license without any extra hardware.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:28 PM
There are indeed situations where buying OEM software is illegal. Those situations are very few and far between nowadays, mostly involving medium-sized OEM shops who negotiate special volume prices to be sold only to their customers. Those are really rare nowadays because the software vendors have tricks to make sure that the copies are easily identifiable as such.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 11:01 AM
To be honest, some MS partners told me that I cannot buy OEM DSP, and offered the Genuine Advantage Kit that includes XP Pro SP2. That's stupid.
Now I feel better, as I didn't spend money for something useless. My PC is not new, and I was using an academic license, that's why I decided to purchase XP.
Edited by rdv-eu, 26 December 2008 - 11:07 AM.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:52 AM
We almost never bought from partners for this reason; we were a fairly small shop (20-30 machines a week), so we would buy from a larger local OEM who would pass on some of their discount to us. It was technically breaking their license agreement with MS to do so, but they sold to a dozen or so small OEMs and would not have been able to maintain the needed level of sales to keep the agreement if they didn't. We also bought grey market copies from out-of-state that had Dell/HP/Compaq/etc name stamps on them, so even the really big boys were doing it (although that's stopped now, since MS changed they way the big guys have to sell media with their systems. It was one thing to sell a copy of Windows with a Dell logo on it, it's another to try and sell the blue/green Dell media - people won't buy them.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:17 AM
Posted 15 April 2009 - 07:30 AM
2. Check and see if your school is with the MSDNAA or Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance. If they are, check with their specific MSDNAA site when the final version of Windows 7 comes out to see if they distribute it.
3. Check with Microsoft DreamSpark. This is a special site from Microsoft that gives out free software to people who have a valid e-mail address from any of the qualifying schools listed. It's possible they could put Windows 7 up there once it's released.
4. If you're in the US, Canada or Europe, and are in school, there's a site called Journey Ed that gives out software and other kinds of products at a discount. You just need to show them some kind of proof.
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