I am confused! I have built my own PCs, for my own use, for 15 years. I want to build my own Windows 7 PC. I intended to buy an OEM version from one of the myriad of legitimate sellers, like NewEgg, or Tiger Direct, etc, along with the components. However, I just read that there is confusion in the licensing language and its interpretation, as to whether an end user may use an OEM version on his/her own computer.
Who among you has factual knowledge as to whether a self-built PC with Windows 7 OEM installed will remain validly licensed? Is this something that could be accepted today, yet rejected with an upcoming WGA (or whatever it is now called) change? I want to save money by using an OEM install, but not at the expense of having my activation canceled a year down the road.
If an end user is to remain validly licensed, how should he go about it? Must we download or locate the Pre-Installation Kit and use it, then activate Windows afterward? In effect, must or can we build the PC as if we are an OEM, then sell it to ourselves?