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Microsoft is Misleading Consumers With Windows 8.1 System Builder Licensing


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 04:00 PM

 

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.

Microsoft is Misleading Consumers With Windows 8.1 System Builder Licensing

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 04:24 PM

But God bless their hearts, they're making up for their past sins and will be releasing the new Windows 9 for FREE !!!


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Posted 29 September 2014 - 04:53 PM

But God bless their hearts, they're making up for their past sins and will be releasing the new Windows 9 for FREE !!!

I would like to try Windows nine, However I just do not know if an i5 with 16 GiB of ram will run this new os. :smash:


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Posted 29 September 2014 - 04:58 PM

Couldn't you add 16 more gigs and some nitrous oxide? :radioactive:


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 09:41 AM

Windows 9 is going to retail for $999.95, be incomplete, and require gigs worth of updates each week. On the up side the free sticker in the retail version will make it totally worth it.






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