For the past few years, OEM copies of Windows and Office have been sold under licensing terms that are just plain silly. Yes, you could buy an OEM copy of either product, at a substantial savings over the retail versions, but you had to purchase a “qualifying non-peripheral computer hardware component” with it. This resulted in the absurdity of people buying a 99-cent cable for a power supply to make the purchase legal. It also created lots of confusion in the marketplace
That’s now changed. The new licensing rules (link restricted to registered members of System Builder program) allow resellers to distribute unopened packs of Windows and Office to any “system builder” without requiring a trivial hardware purchase:
If you don’t open the pack, you can redistribute to other system builders without any hardware.
The new rules also specifically recognize hobbyists and PC enthusiasts as system builders:
OEM system builder software packs are intended for PC and server manufacturers or assemblers ONLY. They are not intended for distribution to end users. Unless the end user is actually assembling his/her own PC, in which case, that end user is considered a system builder as well.
So, go build yourself a PC!