Windows 7 will not be for “Sale”

July 4, 2009 at 08:17 | Posted in Tech | 3 Comments
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With the up coming release of Windows 7 and all the hype surrounding it. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people, the press, and that blogosphere that Windows 7 will not be “For Sale” it will be “For lease“.

The terms of Microsoft’s license agreement make it very clear that you do not in any way OWN your copy of Windows. Thus you can not have bought it. Buying implies a transfer of ownership. No such transfer Ever occurs with Windows software.

I personally feel that there should be strict rules governing the terms that vendors and Microsoft can use to describe the availability of Windows 7. I be happy with a much more honest terms like: “For Lease”, Rent, or License. Rather then the inaccurate terms: “For Sale”, Buy, Get.

It should be required of Microsoft (and of most other software manufacturers), and their Vendors to use terminology that avoids any impression of the transfer of ownership. Because if they were honest they’d let you know that the only way to “Buy” Windows 7 would be to buy the Microsoft as a company and all the technology that they have copyrights and patents to.



  1. As far as I understand, this is no different for other content/IP such as you can buy a DVD or a CD but really do you own the movie or music or the content? It’s really a license to view.

    • You’re correct in that thought. Luckily the courts are starting to take exception to big media trying to strip away your rights and are starting to stand up for things like First sale , etc. I’ll also be clear and on record that I find being told that I’m only “Licensing” something that I clearly bought just as reprehensible and unacceptable and that is why I use and rent my DVDs to watch rather then “buy” them.

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