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Someone told me this was illegal, is it?

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No it isn't illegal, Home Premium is for the home user and focused around Entertainment, And business is for business and focuses on Security, Reliability, Remote Desktop, Etc.

If it's just a normal Home Premium licence, you can just use it at business as you please.

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great thanks!!! – Chris May 20 '10 at 21:42
I don't think this answer is correct. There are some limitations on specific parts (use the software for commercial software hosting services; MPEG encoding) , but I couldn't see anything restricting the use for a general business use. – user12889 May 20 '10 at 23:13
What? MPEG encoding? – Nitrodist May 21 '10 at 3:32
What on earth are you talking about? – BloodPhilia May 21 '10 at 5:21
I believe the only legal 'gotchas' around using windows in a business is related to discounted educational versions – Patrick Feb 28 '11 at 16:58

The name is for branding purposes (and to indicate the features enabled/disabled on it). It has nothing to do with its licensed use.

For instance: As per the MCITP 70-680, the only difference between 7 ultimate and 7 enterprise is volume licensing (available in enterprise, not in ultimate)

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Not illegal, but for larger businesses (ie have a server and more than a handful of users) the benefits of using Active Directory become greater, and the Home editions simply can't be added to a domain, so for those situations it's a matter of practicality not legality.

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