First post, by johnnystarr
This might seem like an obvious "eBay" answer. But is it really?
I didn't know until recently what OEM really means. Yes you can buy copies of DOS and Windows OEM, but I believe these were never meant for resale.
Most listings I have seen are for OEM or "Upgrade". Which means you have to already have an older version of of the OS installed.
I saw sometime back, you could buy an MSDN and download DOS 6.22, Win 3.1, 95 etc. This no longer appears to be a thing. In fact, MSDN now takes you
to a docs site or Visual Studio subscription landing page.
It would seem the only way to really do things 100% by the book, is to buy an old PC with the original OS and upgrade your way up? It seems silly to me that
for those ethically inclined (those who choose not to download software) are still facing technicalities. I'm sure MS doesn't care about these old systems,
but its the principal of the thing.
I know this isn't a forum for legal advice, but I feel that there are experts on the topic here who might have good suggestions for a reasonable path here.