Microsoft Answers Vista OEM Questions
A Microsoft representative confirmed that users may buy an OEM copy of Windows Vista at a substantial discount, provided they adhere to the terms of the licensewhich, incidentally, may mean providing support for family members.
In addition, users should still be subject to the same familiar re-activation restrictions as users of a retail Vista license and Windows XP, a spokeswoman said. Users can alter the PCs hardware substantially, but they will be forced to reactivatenot repurchase the OEM softwareif they do, she said.
One system builder pointed out, however, that Microsofts OEM license forbids the software from being transferred to a whole new machine, from scratch, once it is installed on the original target machine.
OEM copies of Vista began showing up this week at e-tailers like Newegg.com, for
For those who dont need a full manual, however, the Windows Vista OEM versions offer substantial savings. Normally, such versions are restricted to "System Builders," not large corporations purchasing thousands or even hundreds of copies of the operating systems through Microsofts volume licensing programs, but small mom-and-pop computer shops building individual systems for local communities. The license is agreed to when the shrinkwrap the package is sealed into is broken.
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