OEM vs System Builder

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  1. AnarethoS

    AnarethoS MDL Expert

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    Hi everyone,

    I know that Windows 8 now has a "System Builder" license for home-made computer, which support moving the license to another computer, where OEM in previous versions didn't allowed.

    The question is : Where can I buy this "System Builder" version. Is it the same as the OEM version? I found some OEM version à 129$ (Pro, OEM) at TigerDirect (Canada), but didn't saw any "System Builder" version.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Tito

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    #2 Tito, Nov 5, 2012
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    Actually previous version of Windows (even XP) also have this type of license. It is intended for small scale system builders who need to install & configure Windows on several PCs but don't have much money to buy individual license. The license is actually retail like; you need to activate it via net or phone. The price is usually less than retail.

    In my country (India), many shop owners sell this license to people who intend to buy a genuine Windows but the retail price is too much for them. Don't know if that is legal or not.

    Example is here. It is denoted as OEM_COA_NSLP channel.

    :)
     
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  3. AnarethoS

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    With Windows 8, there is no "Retail".

    Only the following exist :
    - OEM SLP (Dell, Hp, etc.) with key embedded in firmware
    - OEM for small shop (with regular COA sticker)
    - Upgrade
    - System Builder

    In the past, lots of people where using OEM for custom buil computer, but thiw was illegal as per Microsoft EULA. Thay have now created the System Builder licence, which is similar to OEM. But I can't found it on any online store....
     
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    rrohela MDL Expert

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    With Windows 8, there is no "Retail" :confused:

    Windows 8 Core & pro editions are available in both flavours, Retail & OEM
     
  6. Tito

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    #7 Tito, Nov 5, 2012
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    Actually there is :)

    All the generic/default keys are retail (except volume). Also Upgrade keys are actually classified as retail (as far Pro WMC keys are concerned) as well as the keys from the spark programs. Also there is no oem:slp for client editions.. its now oem:Dm.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  7. AnarethoS

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    Retailt as been replaced by "system Builder", which is supposed to cost the same as OEM. But "system Builder" allows transfert to another computer, not OEM.

    If there is a real Retail (non upgrade), I would like to see that!
     
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    My dreamspark key says retail :D
     
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  11. BigW

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    In Germany (and Austria too) there was several years ago a high-court decission, that the OEM restriction doesn't applies how MS wanted them to be. The decission was something in the meaning of that MS would have an unfair advantage to private customers with this therms. So here where I live, the OEM or SB restriction for only alowed to buy with hardware hasn't applied for us for several years. Now MS has changed this for everybody in the world and labeled it the "cheap" way of getting a legal Windows for the consumer or small PC-Seller around the corner which builds his/her own System and doesn't buy from big OEMs.