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Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version 32 Bit (Promotional) - Is it Legal?

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  • Hello mskprathap,

    Generally it's a good idea to purchase mail order products with a credit card, since most credit card companies offer some consumer protections to their customers if a purchase should go bad.

    When you receive the product, I would be interested to know if it came with a Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity. 

    One last item of advice would be to install it immediately upon receipt, then run an mgadiag report http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 against it and to post that report here for analysis.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:58 PM

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  • Hello mskprathap,

    Typically, Microsoft distributes free promotional copies of software to its business partners, prospective customers, and IT professionals as a way to get its software into their hands.  It hopes that the use of such free software will lead to purchases of a much greater magnitude later on.  Like a free sample of a consumer product you might get in the mail or at the store--you try it and if you like it you buy more.

    There are always disclaimers on the software packaging that states the promotional software is Not For Resale.  This type of software usually does not come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

    Whether this is legal is another matter left up to lawyers and local law enforcement authorities.

    Have you ever purchased from the vendor you linked to?  Do you know if they have a good or bad reputation?  Are you planning to pay with a Credit Card?
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:40 PM
  • Dear Dan,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Unfortunately I've purchased from them with my credit card.  But not yet received the copy.  It's on the way.  Am I cheated with an illegal copy?
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:52 PM
  • Hello mskprathap,

    Generally it's a good idea to purchase mail order products with a credit card, since most credit card companies offer some consumer protections to their customers if a purchase should go bad.

    When you receive the product, I would be interested to know if it came with a Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity. 

    One last item of advice would be to install it immediately upon receipt, then run an mgadiag report http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 against it and to post that report here for analysis.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 3:58 PM
  • That web site states: Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version 32 Bit (Promotional) and is advertized as a 32-bit version only.

    Most likely, it is an OEM version which your can purchase at
    Newegg.com.
    Carey Frisch
    Saturday, October 31, 2009 10:46 PM
    Moderator
  • The site you purchased at also has a Retail version for 280$:
    http://outletdeal.com/windows-7-ultimate-full-version_p10199

    The only difference i could find is in the Media type: You bought the DVD media, and the retail is Box.

    I' m guessing you bought the OEM version , as stated above by Carey. These are the only limitations:

    Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.

    As long as you don't need support from MS you will be fine. Good deal IMHO.
    Friday, November 6, 2009 6:29 AM
  • mskprathap,

        This is a long time since you asked the question by if you want the Microsoft explanation to what PROMOTIONAL means with their software, I pasted the web address for it below.  If means they are trying to get copies of a new software out there because it is the first version of its kind that will be able to use the next generation of software that needs the prior to function, i.e., Office 2010 needs Windows 7 to fully take advantage of its capabilities and vice versa.  With Promotional offerings, Microsoft is building an initial market base.  Smart actually.  All promotional copies are fully legal.  I were you, I would snap them up.  Promotional will not last.  It means you are getting into a software they think will do well and will be around for a while.  The stores online I have seen that advertise Promotional software all are legitimate and have good service records.

    Hope this helps. 

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/mar05/03-21vs2005pr.mspx


    Kevin Wethington
    Saturday, January 1, 2011 8:55 PM