Vista OEM question

wingman411

OSNN Senior Addict
Joined
1 Mar 2003
Messages
297
I have an older system with two HDs and on one is XP pro and on the other I want to test install Vista to see how it works with my various software and some of my existing hardware such as my cannon all in one printer and my dvd burner. My computer only has a barton athlon 3200+ cpu, 1gb of memory, older IDE HD, and a ATI all-in-wonder 9600 video card. The advisor says it will run Vista ok, but I am planning on building an all new system with a c2d processor, 2gb ram, much better video card and a LCD monitor.

My question is: Is it legal, or possible to install it to run as a dual boot on my second HD now, not activate (just to learn and test) it and then in a couple of months when I have my new system built, wipe out my first installation on this and install it fresh and avtivate it.

I don't want to wait until I get my new system built to try and learn and test it out.

I read Microsoft lets you exend the test period up to 90 days without activation for testing purposes.
 

LordOfLA

Godlike!
Joined
2 Feb 2004
Messages
7,026
You can only reset vista 3 times to give a total 90-days to use it without activation. However you will get absolutely no support from microsoft unless you are a registered system builder.
 

wingman411

OSNN Senior Addict
Joined
1 Mar 2003
Messages
297
What do you mean by support? I can get the updates from MS, right? I usually come here or to other forums for my questions/support. I am an experienced computer user and haven't needed customer service from MS for XP so I don't forsee using their customer service with Vista.
 

madmatt

Awesome is as awesome does.
Political Access
Joined
5 Apr 2002
Messages
13,314
It is against the EULA and therefore illegal to install an OEM copy on hardware other than the hardware it was purchased with.
 

LordOfLA

Godlike!
Joined
2 Feb 2004
Messages
7,026
EULA's are illegal (more unenforcable) in Europe :p figure that one out with your statement
 

madmatt

Awesome is as awesome does.
Political Access
Joined
5 Apr 2002
Messages
13,314
He would be in violation of the EULA to install an OEM copy on hardware that it was not purchased with. The licensing agreement states that OEM copies are for system builders only. Is that better? =)

He's in Microsoft country!
 

Tweakfiend

OSNN Senior Addict
Joined
6 Jan 2004
Messages
340
Wingman
My advice " dont go there"
I have an OEM version of Vista as mentioned in a previous thread.
As Matt said you should link the OEM operating system to the original hardware only.
If you want to pay more ( and who does ) get a full copy that can be moved from one PC to another .
 

ray_gillespie

OSNN Veteran Addict
Political Access
Joined
21 Mar 2002
Messages
1,693
Actually, the cheapest version of Windows Home Premium is the 'Academic Edition' - if you're a student just buy that! If you're not a student, just buy one for your friend who is a student :)
 

wingman411

OSNN Senior Addict
Joined
1 Mar 2003
Messages
297
I work as an instructional assistant at a middle school, do I qualify for a Academic edition?

Also, I have not seen anywhere that sells an academic version of Vista, just MS office 2007.
 
Last edited:

LeeJend

OSNN Veteran Addict
Joined
25 Jan 2003
Messages
5,291
I work as an instructional assistant at a middle school, do I qualify for a Academic edition?

Also, I have not seen anywhere that sells an academic version of Vista, just MS office 2007.

Based on the last Academic EULA I saw you do qualify (students or teachers).

Note That according to some posts I saw the Premium academic verison only has a 3 day grace period, same as the corporate version.
 
Last edited:

Members online

No members online now.

Latest profile posts

Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Rest in peace my friend, been trying to find you and finally did in the worst way imaginable.
Terrahertz wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Yo fellas!
Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Where are you buddy?
Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Hey EP! All good with me, applying for Microsoft MVP right now, should have done this a while ago.

Notifications don't work, I only found your response by coming back to hunt up some threads, if you want, give me your email address so we can keep in touch easier!
Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS

Been running around Quora lately, luv it there!

Forum statistics

Threads
61,997
Messages
673,411
Members
5,591
Latest member
nodee