I wasn't sure where to put this, however I am going to start a small computer repair business and I want to know where I can get a good commercial license for Windows 7 and 8. I want to be able to install or repair a users Windows installation if need be, and instead of purchasing one at a time it would be better to get them in bulk or whenever I need them at a discount.
Microsoft has the "Open" Licenses, however this does not help me because the Windows installations can't be resold (as in I wouldn't be able to install on someones computer and charge them for it). I've even considered just having recovery discs for customers, however there are several different discs available for the different computer types (for example dell, asus, hp, etc...) and it could get pricey depending on the type of computer.
In short, I'm asking if there is such a thing, at the same time I want to know if this is the best way to go about it. Thanks.
I believe that you are essentially talking about wanting an OEM/System Builder license. They are truly meant for someone who builds a computer that they then sell to someone else, although many people use those licenses for computers that they build for themselves.
I am only aware of 4 basic license types (kind of 5):
1) OEM/System Builder. As stated above, meant for people who build a computer that they then sell (and support), although many people use them for their own builds that they keep. These licenses can only be used on ONE computer and cannot be "moved" to a new computer. In other words, that license is linked to that computer "forever". This license essentially comes with no support from Microsoft. According to the terms of the license, it is the system builder (i.e. YOU) that has to support Windows.
1a) PC manufacturers like Dell, HP, etc can get bulk OEM licenses that are slightly different than what you or I might buy as an OEM license from the likes of NewEgg.
2) Retail. This is what regular consumer are meant to get. This license comes with support from Microsoft. And it can be moved to a new computer (I believe Microsoft relented on this for Windows 8...initially they were not going to allow this, but I believe they back pedaled when there was blow back).
3) Upgrade. Basically just like Retail, except you must already have an older version of Windows install on the computer.
4) Enterprise/Site. This is basically for enterprise/corporate customers who have large installed bases of Windows computers. It is not meant for "resale", to my knowledge.
There could be other options, but those are the only ones that I am aware of.