I searched for an answer to this question everywhere and I still don't fully understand how can something like this or this be legal/work properly?

From what is written in the description and from what the seller told me (I contacted them, but their English is worse than mine) these are COA stickers with product keys and accompanying install CDs/DVDs from used Dell desktops, meaning OEM installs, but they somehow weren't activated.

I thought that OEM licenses cannot be transfered to new machines? What's confusing is that people seem to be buying these licenses and the seller has thousands of positive feedback points left. I'm asking more out curiosity, but if this is legal and if it will work properly, I might get a Windows XP license to run some older games that just don't work properly or can't run at all on Windows 7/8. What do you guys/gals think?

closed as off-topic by slhck Jul 12 '15 at 15:32

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  • Questions about whether something is legal or not are considered off topic here, as it depends on your local laws, and you'd need to consider asking a lawyer. Generally, if you have a question of the sort, "here's an idea, what do you think?", I recommend you to ask it on Super User Chat – slhck Jul 12 '15 at 15:33
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    i can add an answer for germany: it seems to be allowed since 2000 due to the BGH. but yes, you should ask somewhere else, localized. – larkey Jul 12 '15 at 22:45
  • Ah, I see, well in that case I'm sorry, I thought that this might be software related and suited for this website. I think it's best if I contact Microsoft in my country, only it's not that easy to find their contact info here. Thanks @larkey for the answer. So these licenses can be transfered then? – zorvalent Jul 13 '15 at 4:18
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    Yep, in Germany COAs can be sold or given away. Do NOT contact MS as their support (in my experience) has either no knowledge about such thing or won't tell it. They told a freind of mine that this license is an untransferrable OEM license but when I contacted them and then also just linked them the verdict they said ok, yes, he just needs to activate via phone... - they do not want people to use OEM licenses but they are legally forced to. Better ask in a localized forum! – larkey Jul 13 '15 at 7:34
  • @larkey, yes, after trying to get in touch with them I see that there's very little point in doing so. I did some more digging into this, and this this seems to explain to some degree what kind of flavors of OEM licenses there are. These seem to be system builder OEM, if I understood it correctly. I think that that's what these sellers on ebay are offering. It's legal in the EU apparently. Hope this helps someone if this thread is visible to the public... – zorvalent Jul 13 '15 at 15:08