Is OEM Legal?

Is it legal to buy an OEM genuine Windows 7 license key with a box (small box than the big retail one)? Thanks.

Yes, but it does have some license restrictions as it pertains to transfer rights.

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

There is nothing wrong with using it too, especially since all future releases of Windows will be full versions anyway.

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