Windows® 7 install trick legal, claims Microsoft®
Microsoft today indicated that its users can apply a subtle trick to undertake a clean install of Windows 7.
From a blog posted sometime this week, an employee with Microsoft's worldwide partner group, Eric Ligman took note of some stories which enabled people to handle the less-expensive Windows 7 upgrade editions and install Windows 7 on blank drives. The upgrade install trick of Windows 7 was covered by Computerworld.
Ligman added that there had been various posts over a host of social media computers stating that a clean installation of Windows 7 can be performed by a Windows 7 Upgrade disc on a blank drive. He retorted to this saying that the basic piece of information was overlooked. Being technically possible does not mean legality.
So in order to deploy upgrade media to install Windows 7 on a blank hard drive, users must stick by the operating system's EULA, or end-user licensing agreement. For an upgrade one must first be licensed for the software which is eligible for the upgrade. Users may discard the software after the upgrade.
This is in consonance with the fact that users must have a full retail license of Windows XP or Vista, or taken that the Windows 7 upgrade is enabled to an existing PC, that the upgrade is undertaken on that same computer, which has a so-called "OEM" license connected to it.
Many own the Windows licenses that make the grade for the Windows 7 Upgrade, therefore this matter is a non-issue for these users. For those who possess the earlier version Full Windows license and qualify for the Windows 7 Upgrade have every right to undertake the clean installation.
Ligman also added that PCs which have been purchased with Windows XP or Vista already pre-installed by the computer maker, the users can install a Windows 7 Upgrade edition on the same system on it's blank hard drive. This is not possible on any other computer. The PCs which come pre-installed with the aforementioned OS's have an OEM license of Windows on the computer.
The license is a valid one; therefore an upgrade coupled up with an OEM license can get a user the upgraded version. In a retort to the statements passed by Ligman, a spokeswoman from Microsoft validated his account on the availability to deploy the upgrade media. It comes at a price of less than $100 then the “full” version. But she stressed on the need for a clean install while upgrading as long as the upgrade is a computer which has the Windows XP or Vista already running on the computer.