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Volume license

by beerman55448 / February 5, 2010 9:24 PM PST

I am thinking of upgrading one of my Vista machines to 7. Recently I saw someone on Craigslist selling Windows 7 Home Premium for $45.00/ea. So I e-mailed to see if this was a sealed package, as I wouldn't buy it if it was opened. The seller responded back to say the he owns a "volume license" and it is totally legit.

My question is: is it legal to buy and sell copies of a volume license?

Think I'll just go to Best Buy and get a sealed box, at least I know what I'm getting....

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Watch out sounds to good to be true
by Basket628 / February 5, 2010 10:20 PM PST
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It sounds to good to be true.

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Almost certainly not
by Jimmy Greystone / February 5, 2010 10:34 PM PST
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Almost certainly not, and you should post the listing so one of the little Microsoft monkeys running around here can pass it on to the proper people.

A volume license would be for people who all work for a single organization. It's not so some enterprising Craigslist scammer can buy, or get his/her hands on a copy, and then resell it to people. It might well have activated, and passed all the Windows "Genuine Advantage" (I still have yet to figure out how the word genuine fits into that name, or what the advantage is) checks, but it would have been an illegal copy none the less. And odds are, sooner or later someone (if not you) would turn the moron in after getting the volume key, and Microsoft would nuke it. Meaning they would add that license key to a blacklist, and then you would stop passing the WGA checks.

So, while I don't really consider civil "infractions" to be illegal per se, let's just say that you would be violating the terms of the license agreement and could potentially be sued by Microsoft for it. Odds are they wouldn't sue you, but they could.

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by beerman55448 / February 5, 2010 11:35 PM PST
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I have a volume license. The discs are not sealed, they are copy's of mine. Everything is legit though, activation is easy.

Subject: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 and 64 Bit, Upgrade or Full! - $40 (Ramsey)
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:46:56 -0600

From: Don

Are these disks still sealed in their original cases?

this message was remailed to you via:
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He may be confusing volume license with Family Pack
by Steven Haninger / February 6, 2010 12:17 AM PST
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and unbundling it. Family packs are meant for single home sites and volume (or site) licenses are for a single buyer such as a business. Home editions, to my knowledge, have never been volume licensed and the Family Pack is new with Win7. MS also sells Office suites for multiple users in a single home environment but this doesn't mean you sell a copy to the neighbors. This guy is dishonest. What's to keep him from overselling his license and causing problems for folks such as yourself. Don't bite.
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by beerman55448 / February 6, 2010 12:21 AM PST

I never said I was going to buy from him. I only asked if this was legal to sell in this fashion.

Thanks for the answers.


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Not legal
by TaraS_WinTeam / February 6, 2010 5:24 AM PST
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