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You can really tell who has lots of money and the vast majority of the rest of us in this forum. I don't ever rip off nor do I condone downloading and ripping off software companies of their hard work. However, in the case of Microsoft raping it's customers so vigorously I'll be darned if I'm going to buy a brand new Product Key everytime I upgrade some piece of hardware. A full version retail copy of Windows isn't worth more than $50 IMHO and I think most of you agree.

For crying out loud how much money does Microsoft need anyway when thousands of their employees are millionaires and Bill Gates along with several others are Billionaires? I feel so badly (not!) that they get ripped off by software pirates considering their prices are retail theft anyway!
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Originally Posted by Mrniceguy8211 View Post
Idk, I think that if YOU bought the computer that had the "OEM" version of windows on it, and down the road you decide to upgrade your CPU,Ram,Motherboard, etc and are no longer using the original components from the OEM, you still payed for the Windows License with the cost of the PC when it was new. And the PC maker ( Compact, Asus, HP, Dell etc.. ) still payed Microsoft for said Windows License, so as long as only you the original purchaser of PC and only 1 PC ( 1 MoBo, 1 CPU, etc ) are being used with the license that you "bought" with that PC then all is well IMO. Now if you are trying to build a new PC and use you OEM key with it and the PC that the OEM Key came with at the same time... that would be wrong
The EULA for OEM Windows Product Keys states that we are not really supposed to attempt the following:
  1. Retire an old system or motherboard
  2. Use the same OEM Product Key from the old system or motherboard on the new system or motherboard

But as I said before, even though we are not supposed to attempt it, it can still be done and there are no tricks involved in doing it.

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Originally Posted by briangp View Post
I bought my first ever copy of windows when I built this computer a few weeks ago. Pretty sure anything boxed on a shelf is RETAIL right? I changed motherboards and was able to reactivate at least. I thought it used to say right on the CD key, retail or OEM, but it doesn't on mine.
If it comes in a box, then it's Retail. If it comes in a sleeve, then it's OEM. Well, this is usually the case.

You'll also know if it's OEM by the price. In addition to that, the DVD itself has "OEM" printed on it somewhere.

So, you can buy an OEM copy of Windows 7 all by itself. However, you have a Retail product key.

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You can really tell who has lots of money and the vast majority of the rest of us in this forum. I don't ever rip off nor do I condone downloading and ripping off software companies of their hard work. However, in the case of Microsoft raping it's customers so vigorously I'll be darned if I'm going to buy a brand new Product Key everytime I upgrade some piece of hardware.
It is not necessary to buy a new Product Key every single time you upgrade some piece of hardware. But technically, we are supposed to do so with an OEM product key when getting a new motherboard. However, I have learned that it's not necessary and that it's always worth a shot. After all, what's the harm in trying?

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Originally Posted by bman2006 View Post
A full version retail copy of Windows isn't worth more than $50 IMHO and I think most of you agree.

For crying out loud how much money does Microsoft need anyway when thousands of their employees are millionaires and Bill Gates along with several others are Billionaires? I feel so badly (not!) that they get ripped off by software pirates considering their prices are retail theft anyway!
We are paying for many things, some of which include:
  • Fancy advertising
  • The employees responsible for creating the fancy advertising
  • The time taken to create the fancy advertising
  • The fancy artwork
  • The employees responsible for the fancy artwork
  • The time taken to create all of the fancy artwork
  • The fancy packaging
  • The employees responsible for coming up with the packaging
  • The time taken to create it all
  • The employees to manufacture it all
  • The cost of each retail box
  • The cost of the contents of each retail box
  • The fancy design of each Windows DVD
  • The cost of shipping millions worldwide so that millions (or at least hundreds of thousands) of stores around the world can sell Windows
  • Each employee who had a hand in creating Windows. This includes things like:
    • The programming
    • The graphics
    • The sounds
  • And of course, the mighty name of Microsoft. heh

I could probably think of more things if I did some research, but it's just like expensive concert tickets: most people think it's outrageous to pay between $50 and $100 to see their favorite band. But what they don't know is that they are paying for much more than just their seat in the venue. They're helping to pay all of the expenses of putting on a big professional concert, and there are many behind-the-scenes things that cost a great deal of money which results in high ticket prices.

But this does not mean that I enjoy paying the high prices for Windows, and it does not mean that I'm trying to say that it's ok that they have those high prices. However, I do understand that there are many behind-the-scenes things that we are paying for which I bet would make my list look small.

So of course I wish the prices were much lower. But I'm ok with that because it's not like I have to pay that price on a regular basis or anything. I mean damn: I bought Windows 98 back in about 1999. Then I bought XP Pro back in 2002. And then my very next Windows purchase was Windows 7 back when it was being promoted by allowing everyone to pre-order a copy. So that's not bad at all.
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