Author Topic: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys  (Read 10258 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline sync

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 799
  • Country: de
Re: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys
« Reply #50 on: April 29, 2016, 08:25:15 am »
I can walk into any computer store an buy an OEM
You typically need to buy a piece of hardware as well (SD card will do) and they are actively trying to stop this practice.
Yes, Microsoft tried to stop this here in Germany as well. But regularly failed in court.
In Germany an OEM license is equal to retail license. Probably in the complete EU as well. For licensing you have to consider the local laws.
 

Offline amspire

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 3787
  • Country: au
Re: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys
« Reply #51 on: April 29, 2016, 08:38:06 am »
I can walk into any computer store an buy an OEM
The weird thing about the way the OEM license is written for Windows XP (haven't checked later Windows), the company that purchased and installed the OEM license had to sell the computer to a second customer. You couldn't install the OEM license and use it within your company.

So officially Dell couldn't use an Dell notebook within Dell since they had OEM licenses installed. I doubt that anyone took notice of this detail.
 

Offline Kilrah

  • Supporter
  • ****
  • Posts: 1857
  • Country: ch
Re: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys
« Reply #52 on: April 29, 2016, 08:43:00 am »
Yes, Microsoft tried to stop this here in Germany as well. But regularly failed in court.
In Germany an OEM license is equal to retail license. Probably in the complete EU as well. For licensing you have to consider the local laws.
It's pretty logical the government has nothing to do with that. Whatever you do with your purchased copy isn't "illegal" i.e. against a government-instated law, it may not be anything else than a breach of contract.

If you violate your EULA you'll never get the cops to gome and get you, BUT as you're breaking the terms of the license you accepted to by using the product then if MS want to sue you they can and would likely win. It's simply only between you and them.
 

Offline sync

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 799
  • Country: de
Re: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys
« Reply #53 on: April 29, 2016, 09:29:46 am »
If you violate your EULA you'll never get the cops to gome and get you, BUT as you're breaking the terms of the license you accepted to by using the product then if MS want to sue you they can and would likely win. It's simply only between you and them.
No Microsoft won't win. The terms in the EULA which restricts OEM license to a piece of hardware are simply not valid. That's the point: EULA terms which are against the law are not valid.
The same is for selling used licenses. It's allowed by law. The manufacture isn't allowed to restrict the selling of used licenses. That would be illegal.
 

Offline blueskull

  • Supporter
  • ****
  • Posts: 13770
  • Country: cn
  • Power Electronics Guy
Re: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys
« Reply #54 on: April 29, 2016, 11:11:10 am »
I don't give a shit to EULA, I paid for it, I can use it. Technically, there are several types of Windows keys:
1. VOL/MAK keys: the same serial number, locked by hardware SLIC, preinstalled by laptop manufacturers like Lenovo.
2. OEM keys: these keys are NOT the preinstalled keys with a laptop. These keys are intended for use by system builder (like Intrex or NewEgg) to install on individual custom made computers. The COA must be stuck to the computer and you can not change the computer. The key, once activated, binds to your motherboard.
3. Retail keys: the most expensive keys, in color retail box. The COA is fixed on the box, so you can install it on any computer. You can only legally install it on a single computer, but technically you can activate it 4 times online. After 4 times, you can still use telephone activation.
4. Get Genuine Kit: the key MS offers to people who inadvertently bought fake copies of Windows. To get one, mail your fake copy's box and invoice to MS anti pirate center in Erie, PA, and they will send you a GGK. GGK only comes with Ultimate version. Legally, you can only use GGK as a substitute to the originally fake one, but technically it is the same key as a retail key.
5. Refurbish key: MS offers a key for use with refurbished computer that does not have a legitimate key. This key is only intended to be distributed with old computers. The key is technically an OEM key.

The EULA states the following:
1. You can install retail key on any computer.
2. You can not install an OEM key as an end user, it will breach the EULA, but no one gives it a shit. Half of the keys sold online are OEM keys.
3. GGK keys are only intended to replace fake copies, not to be sold to anyone. This key is free as an award by MS for reporting piracy.
4. Refurbish keys are to be distributed with old computers, preinstalled or not. People sell these keys on eBay for new computers, which breaches EULA, but again, no one gives it a shit.
5. VOL/MAK keys: the EULA states you can not transfer such a key without hardware, so many people on eBay sell these COA stickers and keys with worthless hardware, such as a broken HDD or a 20 years old RAM.
 

Offline SeanB

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 15391
  • Country: za
Re: Windows 7 Licensing and Product Keys
« Reply #55 on: April 29, 2016, 07:17:03 pm »
A nasty is that MS has stopped supplying the keys with a laminated top protection, giving just a paper label with the 3M VHB adhesive and the "void" precut tears in it. Thus after a month or two the OEM serial key will wear off from the label, so if the HDD goes south you will look and find the key is unreadable.

The OEM keys are easy to get, just buy a MS mouse and keyboard, and this qualifies you. Of course they also suffer from the BLACK SCREEN OF FAIL every so often, especially on a computer that has not been turned on for a few months. Bit of a pain if you actually do have a volume key for Windows and Office, and it is paid up to date.
 


Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf