How to Get Windows 7 OEM License for Ultimate, Professional and Home Premium Editions Cheaply

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Monday, October 5, 2009

windows_7Windows 7 is set for a grand release in less than a month. You much be looking for the best bargain to buy Windows 7 at cheapest price. Although the retail pricing of Windows 7 license for both Full Packaged Product (FPP) and Upgrade licenses have already been announced, there’s an alternative license scheme from Microsoft. The OEM license and product key is priced at more attractive and cheaper price. However there is difference between the full retail, upgrade retail, OEM and volume licensing Windows license. Actually the OEM system Builder License for Windows 7 is bundled up with the hardware purchase. Sometimes it is also available for pre-installation on new personal computer for resale.

Generally the OEM System Builder Channel software cannot be purchased directly. However, in some cases it is available for sale through small system builders along with cheap peripheral or device as a workaround to fulfill license terms. The end users can purchase this OEM licenses as system builder directly.

The pricing details for OEM version of Windows 7 has been published in Newegg. OEM licenses for three Windows 7 editions - Ultimate, Professional and Home Premium are available through Newegg. It offers both the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of same edition at the same price. Have a look at the price list below

Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM for System Builder): $99.99 as compared to Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $109.99
Windows 7 Professional (OEM for System Builder): $134.99 as compared to Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $139.99
Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM for System Builder): $174.99 as compared to Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $189.99

Newegg is offering the each license at a cheaper price of $5 to $15. The Windows 7 OEM price would be up to 55% discount off full version Windows 7 license, or up to 30% off upgrade version Windows 7 license.

Well, the OEM version of Windows 7 is almost equivalent to full version license of Windows 7. However, there are two official restrictions imposed via license agreement - user must perform only clean installation (no upgrade from existing OS) and that the OEM license is not transferable to another PC or computer.


October 12, 2009: 4:16 pm

FIRST, take a good look at the ENTIRE Microsoft OEM licensing agreement that applies to your purchase.

For example, when I get around to taking my own advice on this, I expect to find that an OEM license does not permit installation to a virtual machine (VMs don’t help hardware sales, so why would MS underwrite?).

Caveat etcetera and so on.

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