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By michmoor ·
Hello all. I am an IT professional for over 10 years and now I am entering the world of entrepreneurship. The business that I want to get involved in is basic computer repair, network set-up. Basically geeksquad but cheaper. A concern that I have is the Operating Systems licensing. If I have a client that needs Windows re-installed and they do not have the CD how would that work. Do I have to pay huge fees to MSFT just to license Windows ? Also seeing how its going to be just me and a partner do you suggest becoming incorporated or an LLC ?



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No, you don't need to buy bunches of Windows licenses

by NickNielsen In reply to Starting business

As long as the customer can produce an undamaged label (usually stuck to the PC), you can use the appropriate CD to reinstall the OS.

It might not be a bad idea to have a few on hand, though, for those customers without valid licenses. You would, of course, charge such customers the cost of the license and stick the label on the PC for them.

DO NOT install a copy of Windows for which you do not have a valid license. As an individual, you might get away with it; as a business you could lose it all.

As for incorporating, yes, you should. You may wish to consult a corporate law specialist to discuss your options.

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