I realise that OEM software is supposed to be used with new hardware but my question is:
If software is accquired over say ebay and then found to be OEM is it legal to install on your (not new) machine. I realise obviously that it is not supposed to happen but wonder whether its actually illegal
I suspect I know the answer but I am waiting hopefully to be proved wrong.
If you have an OEM version of either Windows or Office, Microsoft will be able to tell you the precise make and model of computer they should be installed on if you give them the installation keys. Use on any other machine contravenes the terms of the licence agreement.
But as thisisnighthawk says, who's going to bother?
Might be because the two versions of Office 2k I was checking on came from PC World business, supplied with NEC Powermates. Perhaps major suppliers like PC World register their OEM copies with Microsoft before they sell the machines.
Microsoft were able to clarify that they were installed to the correct make and model of PC. (But not the precise PC as there are obviously 1000's of them).
By the way the OEM version of Win98 I also checked on could not be verified, possibly for the reasons you have given. The advice of FAST - wipe the machine, which I had to do.
as far as i am aware, an oem version is supposed to be for a certain pc, but if you upgrade motherboard, proc, memory and a new hard drive.....that means it is a new PC as far as microsoft is concerned (but we know it isnt), the way i look at it is this:- as long as i have a valid licence, and only install on ONE pc then i will put it where i damn well like and i don't care what micro$oft think..... i paid my money to microsoft already (do they want me to pay again for the same thing?) [ i thought only prostitutes had it to sell again, no wonder Bill Gates is the worlds richest man].