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    new build PCs and Windows Licensing Purchase

    If I were to purchase PCs without an OS is there a cheap way to get them through Microsoft?

    I already have open value sub but as we know it is only an upgrade licence.

    In my case 67 PCs (just spit balling ideas probably better just to get a PC with an OS)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    probably better just to get a PC with an OS
    It is. All volume licenses are upgrades, so you will definitely need to buy the PCs with Windows already on them. You could save a bit of money by getting Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Professional however.

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    Drat, I thought there was a subscription for un OSed machines.

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    do none of your suppliers have any cheap copies of vista/xp/7 home something they can let you have??

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    The only time you won't is if you have existing machines that have OEM licenses on that are transferable licenses - if you are getting rid of the old PC's you can transfer the license from the old PC's to the new ones and then use your volume licensing to upgrade to the OS you require.

    It can be a minefield......

    Hope that makes sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    The only time you won't is if you have existing machines that have OEM licenses on that are transferable licenses - if you are getting rid of the old PC's you can transfer the license from the old PC's to the new ones and then use your volume licensing to upgrade to the OS you require.

    It can be a minefield......

    Hope that makes sense!

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    @CPLTD Sorry but you are wrong you cant do that with any OEM licenses only the retail ones...
    Last edited by FN-GM; 13th June 2012 at 01:09 PM.

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    Apologies an OEM license lives and dies on the machine whereas the retail product can be transferred.

    Long day so far and I knew what I meant Thanks for the correction @FN-GM

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    @CPLTD Sorry but you are wrong you cant do that with any OEM licenses only the retail ones...
    This is correct. OEM Live and die with the machine so you would have to buy 67 versions of an OS to put on before upgrading. @Arthur is right though, you can buy Home Premium to make is cheaper

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    with vlk always being an upgrade lic is it actually worth in the longrun esp if you do diy builds buying retail lics that way you can transfer them to new pcs as bought costs now but in x years time when you replace the pcs the new pcs can use their licenses?
    Last edited by sted; 13th June 2012 at 01:21 PM.

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    Also just to add, the OEM license lives with the motherboard not the case. I have seen people build new machines but keep old cases just for the oem license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    the OEM license lives with the motherboard not the case.
    Also worth mentioning...

    An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a "new personal computer" to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do NOT need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC.

    If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do NOT need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC. The replacement motherboard must be the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by that manufacturer's warranty. (Source)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Also worth mentioning...
    An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a "new personal computer" to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do NOT need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC.

    If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do NOT need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC. The replacement motherboard must be the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by that manufacturer's warranty. (Source)


    Does this mean that for my custom build computer and using an oem windows, that i can not upgrade the motherboard?
    or replace it if a onboard fault occurs?


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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Also just to add, the OEM license lives with the motherboard not the case. I have seen people build new machines but keep old cases just for the oem license.
    what if the motherboard is a virtual machine?

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    Basically ms licence are over priced if you got a licence you should be free to use it how you which.

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    Does this mean that for my custom build computer and using an oem windows, that i can not upgrade the motherboard?
    or replace it if a onboard fault occurs?
    If it is faulty it can be replaced with the same type but you cant upgrade.

    what if the motherboard is a virtual machine?
    No idea

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