What Microsoft does not tell you about Windows 7?
Microsoft Windows for sale has several ways to buy Windows 7. You can buy the preinstalled operating system on a new PC, upgrade an existing PC with a retractable commercial software package, buy an online update or build a PC from nowhere and install Windows yourself. In each of these cases, you can also choose between several editions of Windows. The price you pay depends on the edition and the distribution channel. Each of these combinations has different license agreements. These license agreements are contracts that grant you specific rights and also contain certain restrictions.

It may seem arbitrary. A frequent complaint I hear is that Microsoft should simply sell a version of its operating system to each customer at a price. This ignores the reality of multiple distribution channels and the fact that some users may wish to pay a lower price if they do not wish to use certain functions and are willing to pay a higher price for functions such as BitLocker file encryption.

If you are not a lawyer, the issue of Windows licensing can be extremely confusing. The good news is that in most cases where you are likely to become a consumer or a small business buyer, the licensing rules are fairly simple and there is never controversy. However, for IT professionals, enthusiasts and large corporations, these rules save a lot of money and avoid legal problems.

I have been discussing the topic of the Windows license for many years. As I noted, Microsoft does not have all this information in a suitable location.

The following table is your starting point. The license types listed in the columns of this table are listed in approximate price ranges, from the cheapest to the most expensive. You will find an important disclaimer on the last page of this article. Please read it.

According to Microsoft, approximately 90% of all copies of Windows are purchased with new PCs pre-installed by the original equipment manufacturers that build the PC and sell Windows in the package. This will certainly apply with Windows 7.

OEM (large PC manufacturer) This is by far the cheapest way to buy Windows 7. When you start this PC for the first time, you accept two license agreements, one with the manufacturer and the other with Microsoft This is what you need Know about this type of license agreement:

Your Windows license agreement exists between you and the PC manufacturer, not between you and Microsoft.

The PC manufacturer must be compatible with Windows. With the exception of security issues, Microsoft does not provide free support for Windows problems acquired from an OEM.

Your copy of Windows is linked to the PC where you bought it. You cannot transfer this license to another PC.

You can update all components or devices on your PC and keep your license. Windows activation is generally not necessary if Windows has been preinstalled by a license maker. Instead, these copies are pre-activated at the factory. Your copy of Windows automatically restarts when you reinstall it using the disk or recovery partition of the PC manufacturer. No activation required.

If you buy an OEM version of Windows 7 that you want to pre-install on a new PC, you must select 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Your agreement with the OEM will determine if you can upgrade to a different version. Some PC manufacturers only support a single version with some PC models and cannot go from 32 bits to 64 bits (or vice versa) after purchase.
OEM If you buy a new computer from a local PC manufacturer, you can pre-install an OEM edition of Windows. This type of OEM license differs in some important details from the version sold by the main PC manufacturers:

Activation of your new PC is required within 30 days. The product key must have already been entered during the OPK installation and the activation must be automatic and transparent to you.

If you buy a blank PC from a system manufacturer, the system manufacturer will install the version of Windows that you purchased. The package you receive contains a recovery disk and a product key similar to a fully packaged product, but cannot be used for an on-site update. You can receive 32-bit and 64-bit media. If you receive both types of media, you can upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows or vice versa by performing a custom reinstallation using your product key.

As a consumer, you can purchase an OEM copy of Microsoft System Builder at many online shopping centers. Cdkoffers.com is one of our favorites: now is the time to promote a great campaign  for Windows 10 products!

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