Windows 7 & Windows 10 Home

Levi Daily
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We are being audited by the BSA and they are saying that it is illegal for us to use any copies of Windows 7, 8, 10 Home or Home Premium for business use.

These computers are used for general web applications, or cloud based services. (Everything we do is cloud based)

We do not use features on these PCs like joining to a domain ..etc.

I have done research and people say it is fine to use these copies of Windows in a business environment, but does anyone have any proof? Anywhere on Microsofts site that I can find this info?
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You are asking a LICENSING - a LEGAL question on a forum that does not specialize in law.  Any advice offered here should be CONFIRMED with legal experts.

Read the license agreement for Windows 7 home, windows 8 (non pro), and windows 10 (non-pro).  If it doesn't explicitly state the software may not be used for commercial purposes, I would THINK you're ok.  but some software does.  There are tools like Teamviewer that is free for home use, but if you use it in business / for commercial purposes, you are violating the license.

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Thank you. I'm asking for some help finding that. Do you know where that licensing is?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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You agree to the license agreement whenever you install Windows or unpack a new computer.  You can also google End User License Agreement Windows 7 Home (I just did EULA Windows 7 Home and got, among other links: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwie3uC6-pfTAhVIyoMKHQFHAgMQFggiMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdownload.microsoft.com%2FDocuments%2FUseTerms%2FWindows%25207_Home%2520Premium_English_a0cdb148-2381-47cd-bfc9-9b9102e0cb28.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGCvuQe8AqAE8g2mXD0odlGXdmX6Q&sig2=5gPFQH79FV7NKRCPBQzOMg

That document has "commercial" 3x in it and I don't THINK any of them prevent you from using it in business.  In one case it mentions use of sounds, icons, etc, but the way *I* interpret that, that means you can't take/embed the files in work you produce for other clients... but that is why you need an attorney to help you, not a sys admin or forum person, in my opinion.  Law is interpretation in MANY, MANY cases.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You have to agree with licensing requirements as Lee noted an Windows Home is generally crippled for business use, but if all software has been purchased and used as licensed, I do not think there is anything illegal about it,
Microsoft licensing terms here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

So long as you comply with these terms, you are PERFECTLY LEGAL!!
Rajul RajInformation Security Officer
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Its all depends on what BSA had audited. What standard you are working with your IT. They are auditing the Standard what you have and the policies procedures in place
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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, but does anyone have any proof?
I would ask this question to BSA
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Question was properly answered

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