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 OEM System Builder Licensing

The Microsoft OEM system builder licence is designed to make it easy for system builders to acquire and distribute genuine Microsoft software with the systems they build and sell. The licensing information found here will help you understand the system builder licence, which is an agreement between you the system builder and Microsoft. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Key Resources

Which Windows Client Licence Is Right for Your Customer?

Windows 8 Licensing

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft is offering a simple upgrade licence for retail—a departure from the Windows 7 Retail Licence. The System Builder Licence is still the licence used to preinstall Windows 8 on new PCs that you sell. This licence also has a new usage right, the Personal Use Licence.

Windows 7 Licensing

Experience a fun, interactive guide that will help you learn about the opportunities around unlicensed PCs, Windows 7 desktop licensing and Microsoft’s legalisation solutions for your customers. “Spin the wheel” for information about Windows 7 desktop licensing including:

  • How you can help your customers understand Microsoft Windows 7 desktop licensing.
  • How they might become a victim of unlicensed PCs.
  • Options for legalisation.​

The OEM System Builder Licensing Experience

The following Microsoft OEM System Builder Licensing resources include licensing information relating to Office 2010, Windows 7 Client, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Genuine for the System Builder audience. Review this information, available in PDF or demo form.

Microsoft OEM System Builder Licensing demo
A Fun Way to Get Licensing Information .html 4 KB
Get Microsoft OEM System Builder licensing information in this comprehensive and easy to follow interactive video.
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Guide Offers All-In-One Product Licensing Facts .pdf 1.07 MB
Download this Microsoft OEM System Builder Licensing Guide to read about licensing requirements.

Learn how to ensure System Builder License requirements are outlined appropriately in distributor, e-tailer, and reseller product messaging or advertising.

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