Different WIndows Versions


  • What is the difference between the system builders versions and the full versions? Cause there is a big price difference.
    Thursday, November 05, 2009 11:37 PM


  • To save your confusion when people link license agreements and whatnot else, here's the 'summary':

    * There's no difference whatsoever in the installation/feature set provided.  They are different 'licenses', not different 'versions'.
    * The OEM System Builder license is much cheaper because it does not provide the same range of entitlements.
    * It is intended for use by 'System Builders' who assemble and preinstall systems for sale to customers.
    * Product support for the installation must be provided by the system builder, not by Microsoft.
    * The license can only ever legally be used on the initial system the license is 'assigned' to.  (i.e. the system on which it was first installed/activated.

    It is not supposed to be sold directly to end-users, for use on their own machines.  However, if a vendor sells it to you regardless then the resulting installation will be a legitimately licensed one.

    By the way.  A 'motherboard upgrade' performed later on will effectively turn your machine into a 'new machine', and thus render the license void.  If you wish to have a Windows license which is legitimately transferrable to a different computer later on you should instead pay the extra for a full retail license.
    Friday, November 06, 2009 12:09 AM