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    Can any one give us some advice on Windows Licences?

    We are going to be chucking out some old 98pc & want to replace them with new PCs that we will build from scratch & put XP on them. But as we are building them they don’t come with an OS.
    Can we transfer the 98 Licence from our old pc to the new pc & buy an upgrade for XP, or can we buy a old 98/nt & then upgrade?

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    Re: Windows Licences

    i think this is the case, im not too hot on microsoft licencing.... but as long as u own licences for your Win 98 then u can just by an upgrade licence and that basically turns into an XP Licence....

    It might just be worth checking that with people that sell licences, we use Pugh and Ramsys

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    Re: Windows Licences

    Thanks, so you would say that for all our old pc that had 98 on them we can buy an upgrade & put it the OS on to a diffrent (new) PC & be legal :angel11:

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    Re: Windows Licences

    If the licenses are OEM licenses (as in they came with 98 installed when the machine was purchased) then no. The license 'belongs' to the machine and you cannot transfer it.

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    Re: Windows Licences

    You can only move them if they are full packaged product licenses - as in they came in a box with a cd at full price. If they are OEM then they are stuck on the machines they came with.

    I have found buying or building computers without an oem copy of windows as a false economy. I tend to get machines with oem xp pro, so when they are retired they still have an xp license to go with the machine.

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    Re: Windows Licences

    I've always interpretted it as, if you have the license, you can use it on any machine, so if you chuck one with 98, as long as you wipe the old one, you can build the new one with 98.

    I'd assume you can then purchase the xp upgrade, why not, it makes sense.

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    Re: Windows Licences

    You can't move OEM licenses from machine to machine. If you do this and you get caught your licenses implode. Cue lawsuit.

    Anyway, how does an upgrade license compare to a xp pro license price wise? I bet there's hardly anything in it.

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    Re: Windows Licences

    I think the upgrade is £30 & the OEM is £90

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    Re: Windows Licences

    I'm pretty sure I've seen "new" Win 98/95 licenses OEM for approx. a fiver. May be an avenue to explore...

    Andy

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    Re: Windows Licences

    XP Upgrade also counts against Windows 3.1 /WfW 3.11 ... have a search on fleaBay for these.

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    Re: Windows Licences

    Fiver???

    Seriously, the cheapest i've seen (albeit publicly) is around £70!!!

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    Re: Windows Licences

    Just be careful how you upgrade too, if you just buy the upgrade licenses rather than use something like the schools agreement, the upgrades inherit the properties of the license they are applied to, so if you stick an xp upgrade on an oem copy of windows, then that upgrades also becomes oem to the machine you first use it on.

    Fair? No, but thats the way the licensing works.

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    Re: Windows Licences

    we buy all our licenses from the county bods at £36 all in i think they use microsoft volume liscensing though. we get a very authentic copied cd and a piece of lanccs county leter headed paper with the serial number on.

    i don't know how they get away with charging so little but it suits me down to the ground!

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    Re: Windows Licences

    Just tell MS you'll migrate to open source unless they reduce the price, it worked for Massachusetts:
    http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standa...60617130009355

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    Re: Windows Licences

    Quote Originally Posted by krisd32
    we buy all our licenses from the county bods at £36 all in i think they use microsoft volume liscensing though. we get a very authentic copied cd and a piece of lanccs county leter headed paper with the serial number on.

    i don't know how they get away with charging so little but it suits me down to the ground!
    These are upgrade licenses - no good for new machines. Oem licenses are not available under any volume licensing agreement.

    The £5 Win 98 licenses were from Computer Commodities. They were in the last catalogue/little flyer they sent me but seem to have disappeared from the website - maybe they've run out.

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