You are beginning to sound petty now, what is your purpose? Are you trying to help, put me down or just trying to appear superior and win an argument?
My original query was not about OEM Licensing about which I am already familiar; it was about how to enter the OEM licensing into my computer. In fact the statement made by both you and Mickliq concerning OEM licensing are incorrect.
As I said previously, I have TWO licenses, because I purchased two WindowsXP CD's complete with licences. So you are correct to say that I "do not have a licence to install hundreds or thousands of computers" furthermore no-one has to, when building their own Desktop PC's.
I have never said that I want to build and sell PC's, these are for my personal use only. In any case the OEM CD that Dell etc., have is quite different CD's named as "Microsoft Retail Software" often with multiple licences which you should already know.
The motherboard manufacture is not the OEM licence holder; it is the Builder of the PC. Motherboard manufacturers do not give you a licence when you buy the motherboard - it ONLY comes with the purchase of the Software CD.
The statement made by both you and Mikeq concerning OEM licensing are incorrect; they are as follows copied/pasted from Microsoft website - Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels for OEM.….
Who Is a System Builder? A system builder is anyone who assembles, reassembles, or installs software on a new or used computer system.
There is a growing market for "do-it-yourself" home PC hobbyists who assemble PCs from components for their own use. Microsoft retail software licenses are the appropriate licenses for the do-it-yourself market.
As you can see, the above two statements are quite different from yours!
Computing is my hobby and has been even before Microsoft Windows came into the market. I have been a computer owner and user since 1980 and used to run a computer club in my spare time in the early 80's, so I do know a bit about the subject, during that time I had a ZX81, Spectrum and a Superbrain all-in-one.
I am happy to say the PC I built was my first ever build and it ran and worked perfectly right from the start and has done so ever since.
There will be no more comments from me concerning this subject, which for me is just a waste of my time, but I hope, at least, that you have learned something yourself here.
Take Care and check the facts,