Just bought Windows 7 OEM to build a new system; what to do now? RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I'm putting together a new desktop and I bought an OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.  I was all ready to put the machine together until I get the impression that it would be illegal for me to install it on my new machine as an "end user."  The package is unopened, so I'm sure it hasn't been installed on any other machine.

    I'm a little ticked because I spent about $98 on it and one can find OEM copies all over the internet from many sites, available for anybody to buy.  Yet the licensing agreement seems to say that one must be a "System Builder" to legally install it.  What constitutes a "System Builder"?  If I sell all my parts to a buddy, and he puts them together, pre-installs this OEM Windows 7 and sells it to me, will that be legal?

    Saturday, October 9, 2010 9:27 PM


  • Q.  What constitutes a "System Builder"? 

    A.  You, since you built your own computer.  Go ahead and install it!

    Carey Frisch
    Sunday, October 10, 2010 12:24 AM