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Want to buy legal Win10 on ebay. What is a "system builders" license?


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#1 trickshot63

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:00 PM

I'm looking to find the cheapest LEGAL GENUINE way to get Windows 10. A system builders license is very cheap on ebay but I know nothing about it. Opinions? Thanks.



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:24 PM

I would assume that it is an OEM license.  An OEM license is legally locked to the hardware it is first activated on.  You cannot legally move an OEM license to a different machine.



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:50 PM

System Builder is what Microsoft used to call "OEM" until they realized that "OEM" meant two different things (it took them years to realize this).  They are licenses designed for those who build their own systems (and smaller shops or persons who build systems) and who do not care about MS "support".  As stated above, they differ from retail versions in the fact that they are not capable of being moved to another system when the original system is retired/replaced.

 

Perfectly legal/valid if talking about a DVD and license.

 

I have no clue about the validity of any Windows "license" that may be sold sans install disk.  But...that sort of thing is what led to PA by Microsoft in 2005-2006, after Dell and others had managed to sell a ton of "licenses" originally intended for Dell systems.  If anyone is selling "licenses" today without an install disk for Windows...I'd have to guess that such is illegal and MS is preparing/maintaining a list of dupe licenses used by users...same as they did for XP and Win 7.

 

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:22 PM

Thanks Fellows!






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