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Hi

I have bought a system builders OEM windows 7 disk.

Can I use it for a clean install. I know i cant use it for an upgrade from existing XP?

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Question by:topUKlawyer
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by:strivoli
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You cannot upgrade from XP to 7. This is not an OEM version limit. Even the retail 7 version doesn't allow an upgrade.
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by:terencino
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Yes you use it for a clean install for a system you will sell. Here is a comparison of the license terms:
What's the difference between Windows 7 retail and OEM?
...Terry
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by:topUKlawyer
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terry

I am not an authorised reseller. Can I sell it to my wife?
Or use it myself of course
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From the OEM licensing terms, you are only allowed to install it to a NEW PC, not a used one that came with another OS originally (but probably not many people abide by this). After it has been activated, you can only use that license on that PC with that mainboard, so if the mainboard fails, you will have to replace it with the same model, or with one certified by the manufacturer as a replacement model, if you want to keep on using the OEM license.

You are allowed to sell the PC with the OEM license to anyone you want (including your wife), but you will have to support it, or the person you sell it to (m$ won't give any support to OEM licenses of their OS). Of course you are allowed to use it yourself.
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by:topUKlawyer
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Thanks guys. Didnt want to open the package till I was sure.
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by:terencino
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Sorry too late with my response! I was looking for something official. The Personal Use license only applies to Windows 8. Windows 7 requires a full license.

Microsoft have responded to hobbyists and own-use system builders with Windows 8, but Windows 7 is a different story. Which is strange considering how easy it is to purchase a legal copy of OEM Windows 7 System Builder, install and activate it. What is an honest consumer to do?
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