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Recently I have developed a hobby which I hope to turn into a business some day, of building custom computers for people thru advertisements in Craigslist and the newspaper Ect. And was wondering if I could save money for the customer by purchasing a windows 7 pro disc that has an unlimited amount of installs, like an oem disc or something. Or a way to get them cheaper. Tacking on 90 bucks per computer can be a lot.
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The only legitimate way of reducing the price for small businesses is to buy the OEM discs. These are meant for system builders like yourself and are restricted to one computer (motherboard) only, however you can have unlimited installs on that computer. The disc has to be provided to the customer with the computer.

Bulk orders can get Volume Licence Keys (VLKs) but I believe they are for large orders for a single organization like a school or business.

Another option is to install a Linux OS as standard, and give the customer the option to purchase Windows separately.
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

The only legitimate way of reducing the price for small businesses is to buy the OEM discs. These are meant for system builders like yourself and are restricted to one computer (motherboard) only, however you can have unlimited installs on that computer. The disc has to be provided to the customer with the computer.

Bulk orders can get Volume Licence Keys (VLKs) but I believe they are for large orders for a single organization like a school or business.

Another option is to install a Linux OS as standard, and give the customer the option to purchase Windows separately.

Ah, I was thinking of the Linux thing, but seeing as tho this is for gaming, and people are coming to be because they are not technically inclined, even Ubuntu might be a stretch, and that's got steam and a good, easy, usability to it. But, I'll give that a shot. Standard Windows 7 home premium 64bit is 90 bucks. I'll charge them a determined price, and if they want the disk, they will pay the full 90 extra. If not I can use it for two other builds. Seems reasonable.
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Standard Windows 7 home premium 64bit is 90 bucks. I'll charge them a determined price, and if they want the disk, they will pay the full 90 extra. If not I can use it for two other builds. Seems reasonable.

That's not the way it works,
The current OEM System Builder License allows system builders to distribute Windows desktop operating system licenses in the following ways:

Preinstalled on a new PC.

Unopened OEM System Builder Packs can be distributed to other system builders by themselves. Note that they must remain unopened so the receiving system builder can accept and be bound by the break-the-seal license agreement that is affixed to the pack.

A full version of the Windows operating system is provided on a hologram CD in the Microsoft System Builder Pack for each end user, and the CD must be transferred to the end user at the time of distribution

After an OEM software license has been installed on a PC, the license may not be installed on or transferred to another PC. However, the entire PC may be transferred to another end user along with the software license rights. When transferring the PC to the new end user, the software media, manuals (if applicable), and Certificate of Authenticity label must be included. It is also advisable to include the original purchase invoice or receipt. The original end user cannot keep any copies of the software.
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