Microsoft is Misleading Consumers With Windows 8.1 System Builder Licensing
If you’ve purchased a “System Builder” OEM copy of Windows 8.1 from Amazon, Newegg, or another online retailer, you’re probably violating the Windows license agreement. That means you technically have a “non-genuine” copy of Windows.
Microsoft is misleading consumers here. This was a problem in the past, so Microsoft fixed the licensing problem in Windows 8. But — surprise! — they’re back to their usual tricks with Windows 8.1.
Editor’s Note: We contacted Microsoft Public Relations for clarification of the licensing issues here, but they didn’t respond. Considering the Windows 9 announcement happening tomorrow, we have to assume they will be making licensing changes in the future. But this licensing issue matters right now to anybody building a computer, so keep reading for all the details.