questionsare there any reputable dealers of oem software…

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The reputable dealer for an OEM license will be the maker of the product. OEM licenses for Microsoft products come from Microsoft, and so on. By definition, if someone is selling such a license, and is NOT the originator of the product, it is not legitimate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_equipment_manufacturer

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I have to agree with @cassandratroy here. I am not a big fan of buying products that are grey market, it is just wrong in my book.

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@cassandratroy: There are cases where OEM licenses are bought by consumers/companies. For example, building your own computer. We bought them at the place I work (by day) for people wanting dual-boot macs. It's not legal to order a Windows upgrade for those. It needs to be a full Windows license.

The important thing to remember is that a Windows license is tied to the hardware, not the user. You can't move it from one PC to another. So our OEM licenses for dual boot are locked to those computers and can't be moved to another computer. Talked at length with MSFT about this to get a complete understanding.

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@thunderthighs: You speak the truth, but that's described in the wikipedia article referenced above. You as a business concern receive mickysoft permission to add in the OS and perhaps Office, and those are both then stamped with the invisible OEM, including on any rescue or other accompanying CDs. I could go on, but I think the op was referring to a one-off situation, rather then the one you were in.

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Yeah, for building a rig. Can't do quite everything with Linux yet, and I sometimes get tired of messing with the command line.

Not to mention this ancient copy of CS1 shows its age.

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@shinespark: CS1?

[Edit] Not only I can do everything with Linux, but I can also do it with Solaris, OpenSolaris, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and Darwin (not to mention MacOSX and shudder HP/UX).

Do what exactly?

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@shinespark: I'm thinking your looking for stuff like this then, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=microsoft-_-32-116-754-_-Product

Since your tired of command line, I'm assuming you want to step back into the wonderful world of Windows.

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@catbertthegreat: Dammit. You should post that as a deal. I'll wait. That's actually USEFUL. I'd been thinking that I wanted a test system for win7 (I don't currently have a win7 victim), and wasn't really wanting another computer so much. I currently have at least two turned off that are 64 bit, and would work just fine and dandy with that.

Waiting...

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Photoshop CS(1), i.e. 8.0. Many of the sites I alluded to offer "licenses" for CS4 software for $100, which I'm really wary of.
And yes I'd like to build a Windows rig (ty for that, $100 is just about right) mainly to have the option to game on it. I actually play most games on consoles nowadays, but some are just a better experience on a PC. The puter I'm typing on now will remain Linux until it dies, but its hardware is pretty dated (circa 2004), save a memory and video card upgrade.

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@shinespark: You are wayyy funny on thinking 2004 is old. My primary DNS is running on a pentium 1, circa 1995, with a WHOPPING 64 mb of memory (and THAT was an upgrade). It's currently running openbsd 3.2, patched (of course), and is about to be upgraded to bind 9.7.0p1. I still run a machine with Slackware that was installed in 1998 (security patches only, thanks).

What do you want the photoshop for? That seems like a much older version. Be very wary of those not-from-adobe versions. Microsoft insists on sweeping your computer for unlicensed crap, before patching, and it wouldn't surprise me at all to see that there was an adobe tie-in on that one. I don't see ANY legitimate copies of it, but [edit: keep it legal]. YMMV.

Doh. I should read what you wrote better. Yeah, $100 is suspiciously cheap. Amazon should have reasonable prices; let that be a benchmark for whether something's legit or not.

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For gaming, 2004 is old (P4 3Ghz, DDR2, AGP video slot). No way in holy hell would that run, say, Crysis. I'm worried about the motherboard too, but it seems to be holding its own.

PS is for two things-- the photo manipulation could easily be done with Elements, but the design stuff for school requires a bigger toolset, and with CS4 there'd at least be continuity of training to what I use. It's not imperative, as I can just do my work in-class, but it'd be nice if I could get a hold of a cheap (legal) copy. If not, no big.

I understand the idea behind selling the licenses for OEMs, but I would have assumed they were non-transferable, and, more obviously, I've never seen an OEM put a $1000 software package on a machine they sell. Even if they did, would they buy dozens more licenses than they need? I'd hope not, as that would get expensive.