The horror that is Windows 7 licensing
You ever read those EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) that comes with the software we use everyday?
Well I would imagine that like most people, myself included, we tend to click the Next button during install once the shakes from seeing all that legalize settles down. While there is some ongoing debate over just how legal those documents the one that comes with the different flavors of Windows can be the most daunting and obtuse of them all.
So any help we can get to try and make our way through understanding the nuances of the minefield known as the Windows 7 EULA and to this end Ed Bott has spend a lot of time trying to make the obtuse a little easier to follow along with.
I have been studying the topic of Windows licensing for many years. As I have discovered, Microsoft does not have all of this information organized in one convenient location. Much of it, in fact, is buried in long, dry license agreements and on sites that are available only to partners. I couldn’t find this information in one convenient place, so I decided to do the job myself. I gathered details from many public and private sources and summarized the various types of Windows 7 license agreements available to consumers and business customers.
In his post Ed also provides a graphic breaking down the various flavors of Windows 7 and what the various licenses allow you to do [click on image for bigger view].
So if you are the least ways curious as to what you are getting yourself into when you click on the “I have read <blah><blah>” button then drop by Ed’s post and have a read through. I am sure it won’t be time wasted.