Is OEM Available For End Users? Nope, According To Microsoft

There was a time when you could build you own PC, and buy an OEM version of Windows to run on it. Well, according to everyone BUT Microsoft. Creating confusion and caos in Microsoft’s own Windows Help forums, as well as with PC builders everywhere, Microsoft’s EULA now states that the OEM version is meant for PC builders for resale only. You cannot build a PC for yourself and use an OEM copy. Even if you work for a resale shop. If it’s for personal use, you must use a retail or upgrade version. Now, it hasn’t always been this way. Old information (now deleted on MS’s site) states that you could use an OEM copy if you built your own PC… Hmmm… Will Microsoft change it’s stance after this has come to light? They state the information on their site was a “mistake”, as well as the literature that came with previous versions of Windows.

I sure hope so. It would save us DIY’ers some money, and it would save Microsoft some face. I’ll be watching this development very closely.

Once, not so long ago, Microsoft officially allowed hobbyists and Windows enthusiasts to use discounted OEM System Builder copies on new PCs built for personal use. Last year, in a post titled OEM licensing confusion starts at, I posted pictures of official, Microsoft-produced documents that made this policy crystal-clear, in plain English.

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Hackers Get Keyless Entry For Win7 And Server 2008

Hackers have already done some work with Windows 7, making it easier to crack. But, now they have made it so that a key doesn’t even need to be entered to install the operating system. Microsoft says that they know of the issue and are already working to resolve it. Previously, Windows Vista had a similar crack, and Microsoft remedied it through a Windows Update.

My Digital Life said the fresh hack nullifies the sppcompai.dll thereby passing product activation and licensing in the Windows Activation Technologies’ (WAT) Software Protection Platform (SPP) and Software Licensing Client (SLC).

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Microsoft’s COFEE Tool Pirated

More news about pirates. These days, they are going after the forensic tools that are available to the law enforcement agents out there. It’s available on all the torrent sites out there, among other sources. I guess it was only a matter of time.

With COFEE, law enforcement agencies without on-the-scene computer forensics capabilities can now more easily, reliably, and cost-effectively collect volatile live evidence. An officer with even minimal computer experience can be tutored

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Is Apple Targeting Windows 7 Pirates?

So, this guy thinks that Apple may be buying Google ad space to target specific searches. Those dealing with pirates trying to download the new Windows 7. While I don’t believe his conclusion, it does appear that Apple is going for the Windows 7 upgraders. But, why would you spend MORE money to upgrade to an Apple? You can’t just buy the OS and put it on your PC. You have to buy a machine that costs twice as much as the sum of it’s parts (and a lot more than a prebuilt PC), then add the OS to that… Yikes. No thank you.

Has Apple decided that among its top potential customers for switching to a Mac are Windows 7 pirates? Based on ads that Apple is buying on Google that might be the case — search for “download Windows 7” and you’ll see an Apple ad urging PC users to switch to the Mac. But search for “buy Windows 7” and you’ll see no such ad.

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Windows 7 Product Guide

Microsoft has published a product guide for Windows 7, which gives you a look at the new features in Windows 7. As mentioned below, it isn’t a detailed how-to guide, but an overview and basic knowledge about the new features. It’s available in XPS and PDF formats for your downloading and reading pleasure.

The Windows 7 Product Guide provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 7. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help you to understand how Windows 7 Simplifies Everyday Tasks, Works the Way You Want, and Makes New Things Possible. The guide is also designed to provide IT Professionals with information about how to Make People Productive Anywhere, Manage Risk Through Enhanced Security and Control, and Reduce Costs by Streamlining PC Management. This is not a help and how to guide. Rather, it provides an overview of the many exciting features in Windows 7 and pointers to more information. The Windows 7 Product Guide is available in both XPS and PDF formats.

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Clean Install Of 7 Using Upgrade Media

Well, it’s been done. It was said that it couldn’t be done, but we had to wait to find out. Well, it came fast! You can use your Windows 7 Upgrade disk to perform a clean install, rather than being forced to have Vista installed first.

It was the final unanswered question about Windows 7. But now, thanks to numerous reader reports and my own hands-on experience, I’m can now report that Microsoft is still making it difficult to clean install Windows 7 with Upgrade media. But fear not, there is some good news. While you can’t simply use Upgrade media to do a clean install of Windows 7 on an unused PC with a blank hard drive, the workaround this time is easier than ever. Assuming you know the trick.

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Windows 7 WUDT Tool

For those that want to upgrade to Windows 7 on your Netbook, or a similar device without using the DVD drive, Microsoft has released a tool (Dubbed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, or WUDT) that allows you to install Windows 7 using a USB drive. Sure, you’ve been able to do this before, but now it’s done using an official, supported Microsoft branded piece of software.

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Flight Sim on 24 Monitors

So, I’m a bit of a MS FSX (Flight Simulator X) fan, which is no surprise. And I’ve heard of the ATI Eyefinity feature of their new GPU line. But, seeing both together was just…. Wow… I know what I’m going to be upgrading to this coming Spring (I’m waiting for the Spring refresh).

What you see above is a flight simulator running on 24 monitors from one PC, the holy grail for most flight sim addicts. What was once the domain of hacks, registry tweaks, or amazingly expensive proprietary solutions is now easy. Very soon, you will be able to get that in off the shelf consumer products. This is what AMD calls Eyefinity.

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