Terms? If it's illegal, then why can anyone purchase an OEM disc from a place like Newegg?The only trick is ignoring the terms of the license long enough to perform the install. OEM is not licensed to/for end users, only builders of systems for resale to third parties. Given your username, I must imagine that you don't pay too much attention to the terms of licenses.
Otherwise, for clean installs it is functionally the same as a full retail license. (You can't upgrade over Vista from OEM media).
Because, especially from NewEgg, they could be buying parts of a system that they intend to resell according to the terms of the license?Terms? If it's illegal, then why can anyone purchase an OEM disc from a place like Newegg?
It's not illegal to build your own computer and use a single license OEM disc.Because, especially from NewEgg, they could be buying parts of a system that they intend to resell according to the terms of the license?
It's also for the same reason that you can buy the $29 Snow Leopard Upgrade disc without owning a Mac that runs Leopard.
License violation =/= illegal.
That's what I said. Not illegal, but not according to the terms of the license either. Microsoft is quite clear about it.It's not illegal to build your own computer and use a single license OEM disc.
The top bullet is the main change to the license, which makes OEM/SBE the "wrong" license for home "hobbyist" end users and also corporate IT departments. This wasn't the case before Vista SP1.
- Must be preinstalled on a PC and sold to another unrelated party.
- Cannot be transferred from the PC on which it is preinstalled.
- Must be preinstalled onto a new PC using the OPK.
- System builder that preinstalled the software must provide support for the software.
- License terms are granted by the system builder to the end user.
Precisely why Micorosoft is making a big effort to set the licensing record straight since so many of us, myself included, have previously used OEM licenses on home-builds.there seems to be a thin line between OEM and retail, which is why I didn't understand.