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Windows 7 Open Licensing and computer builds

Microsoft Windows 7 professional 64-bit
July 15, 2010 at 05:35:02
Specs: Windows 7, 2.0
I'm not sure if I'm asking the question in the right area.

I have about 40 XP computers that I would like to upgrade to Windows 7. These 40 XP PC were installed with XP Open Licenses.

I've been in contact with some vendors about open license and it seems the two I spoke to does not carry open license but upgrade license.

Is there a difference between these two? The vendors were not able to answer the question.

Another question is, for future PC purchasing, I would like to used my open license windows 7 software to be install on new PC. All the vendors I spoke too only used OEM license which would be a waste if i had open licenses hanging around. Do anyone know a vendor who would used my open license?

The reason I want to used open license is I want to be able to installed a single license across the board on all computers with the use of AD. My understanding is that OEM can't do that...

Thanks everyone

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July 15, 2010 at 06:23:27
If you want to avoid running into potential activation problems, you should cease talking to OEM vendors and start talking to Microsoft at THIS page. As an FYI, M$ offers Open licensing only to commercial business plus following industries

• Government organizations
• Health organizations
• Educational institutions
• Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
• Multinational organizations

Does your business meets the above criteria?


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July 15, 2010 at 06:36:52
Yeah, we are a commercial manufacturing business. Thanks for the link too!

Would you know anything about buying new pc then? Where can i buy a pc without the OS so I can installed these Open license to it?

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July 15, 2010 at 06:55:17
You can google for something like buy computer without operating system.

How much will you be selling those PCs for? Bear in mind that you cannot beat the prices set by the big OEM business like Sony, Dell, HP, etc plus the warranty support. Are you willing to stand by your phone 24/7 to give support to your prospective customers?


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July 15, 2010 at 07:09:10
Sorry, my last msg was a bit confusing. We manufacture medical supplies.. These pc will be in house use only...

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July 15, 2010 at 16:25:06
You might wan to consider having a local shop build them for you. I don't know how many you need, but it doesn't take long to put them together. If someone in your area can build them for you, you don't have far to go for support. There are quite a few companies that custom build machines without an os. They may be able to build them cheaper because they buy in bulk a s opposed to a local shop. Cyberpower pc is one company, but there are many.

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