Posted on 2012-09-12
Trying to figure out to buy about 30 Windows 7 Pro Licesnses, still be in compliance with Microsoft's highly complicated licensing agreements, and not spend an arm and a leg. The scenario is very basic, I need around 30 licenses to reload 30 pc's with fresh images throughout a small organization. I was going to try retail but each one is 270 a pop, that's $8100.00, and that's very expensive. Then I thought I would try OEM, but that's complicated as Microsoft says you can't use it unless you sell the system to a third party after you install the OS. Not to mention the fact that if so much as a dust bunny moves from one capacitor to another on the mother board, it triggers the activation in Windows. Then I looked to Volume Licensing, but that requires a previously installed version of Windows (face palm), you can't transfer it to a new pc (face palm), and the OS that you're upgrading from must be OEM (face through desk into floor). So at this point I'm confused, does anyone know the best license to purchase in this instance, it would seem to me that retail would be the one, but I seriously doubt the company owner is willing to shell out 8000 bucks to Microsoft. Any and all help is greatly appreciated, thanks.
Side note: I'm also going to have to figure out what Office License to buy to install on each computer, so if anyone knows that off the top of their head and they could tell me which one I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.