Solved Is it illegal to sell custom PC with windows 8 downloaded?

January 1, 2015 at 02:33:21
Specs: Windows 8
I am a small business and I would like to sell custom desktops, now I won't sell that many. So if I use one the download sites where they email the COA code and I pass that code onto the customer is this illegal am I going to get Microsoft visiting me. ( some chance)

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#1
January 1, 2015 at 02:42:44
Provided the Product Key is a genuine one with a licence issued by Microsoft, that is okay but you must use a different Product Key & licence for each computer.

It's illegal to use the same Product Key on more than one computer.

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#2
January 1, 2015 at 03:49:03
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Buy System Builder OEM licences from a reputable retailer who is an approved Microsoft reseller and ensure that you use a new one for each computer. You should get a proper printed key, not just an email; you will need to supply this Product Key with the computer as the customer may need it.

The prices for Windows are fairly standard; any appreciable discount should alert you to the fact that you are buying pirated copies or keys that Microsoft has blacklisted. If you choose to ignore this advice then you should get yourself a good lawyer. Your customers will be suing you when things go wrong and there is a fair chance that at least one of them will report the matter to Microsoft.

"am I going to get Microsoft visiting me. ( some chance)"

You may rest assured that if you are reported to Microsoft for selling pirated software you won't get a visit in person from Microsoft - but there is 100% chance that you will hear from their lawyers (Microsoft can afford very good lawyers!) and a 99% chance that you will receive a visit from your local Police. Selling pirated software is a criminal offence (and a plea of ignorance will do you no good - as a businessman it is your responsibility to ensure that anything you retail is properly sourced).


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#3
January 1, 2015 at 09:27:04
Good advice from ijack.

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#4
January 1, 2015 at 13:42:55
What you are describing is absolutely 100% illegal.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#5
January 1, 2015 at 15:28:17
Answer #2 is the only right answer, If I could mark it as such right now or even Solved, I would probably do it now.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
January 1, 2015 at 23:10:31
I think #5 and #2 are both correct, equally;)

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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