System Builder is OEM. That disclaimer is a general one. The Full Retail means Box/physical version, just like games. However there are no boxed win8 around.
WinXP OEM had let you reinstall to other computers as I did upgrade(motherboard, cpu, hdd) some WinXP machines at work (not a corporate)
I dunno why they don't serve Windows 8 that way anymore, maybe to fight piracy.
More INFO: OEM is the version that comes with for example DELL computers which are pre-built or on any win8 laptop. They are as is and you can't replace the motherboard. At least it was motherboard with the previous OEM rules. There were some rules that were relaxed. I never had any issue with an OEM reinstall.
I think the old procedure was like this: (it might seem complicated but try to understand it as steps)
- You install the windows on a computer > You activate windows on that computer > Some system info is sent to Microsoft. > The info is attached to the CDkey used.
- You install the windows on another computer, same steps as above happens. BUT, if any other computer is caught with Genuine Check with your CDkey, that CDKey is blocked and you can't activate it anymore. So Genuine Check must match Activation Info. Genuine Check happens mostly on some patch or microsoft software installs, example Service Packs.
THUS, as long as the Geniune Check Info = Activation Info, it's good even thou it's a different computer. Thus you are using your Windows only on 1 Computer at a time.
Originally Posted by Cavey00
First off the only thing that would block you would be a new MB. Second, the posts that sites have been putting up have been conflicting. I've read that they aren't selling the Full version anymore, which is true, but that you can transfer the OEM licence if you are using it only on your personal machines and that MS is calling it a "Personal Use" licence. I guess we will find out in the very near future, but I'm betting that if they have eliminated the "Full" version and only sell the OEM version that it will be transferable. How can they make you buy a new licence when you change boards? They gave you no options to purchase anything but the OEM.
Yes, Personal Use, i forgot that. Just like some free software, like Comodo Firewall or Avira AntiVirus.
I dunno if they changed the procedure I mentioned above. Win8 OEM might have different rules.Edited by Catscratch - 10/25/12 at 12:30pm