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    These license terms are an agreement between Microsoft Corporation (or based on where you live, one of its affiliates) and you. Please read them. They apply to the software named above, which includes the media on which you received it, if any. The terms also apply to any Microsoft

    · updates,

    · supplements,

    · Internet-based services, and

    · support services

    for this software, unless other terms accompany those items. If so, those terms apply.

    By using the software, you accept these terms. If you do not accept them, do not use the software.

    As described below, using some features also operates as your consent to the transmission of certain standard computer information for Internet-based services.

    If you comply with these license terms, you have the perpetual rights below.


    a. You may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices to design, develop and test your programs that run on a Windows operating system. Further, you may install, use and/or deploy via a network management system or as part of a desktop image, any number of copies of the software on computer devices within your internal corporate network to design, develop and test your programs that run on a Windows operating system. Each copy must be complete, including all copyright and trademark notices. You must require end users to agree to terms that protect the software as much as these license terms.

    b. Utilities. The software contains certain components that are identified in the Utilities List located at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251959. Depending on the specific edition of the software, the number of Utility files you receive with the software may not be equal to the number of Utilities listed in the Utilities List. Except as otherwise provided on the Utilities List for specific files, you may copy and install the Utilities you receive with the software on to other third party machines. These Utilities may only be used to debug and deploy your programs and databases you have developed with the software. You must delete all the Utilities installed onto a third party machine within the earlier of (i) when you have finished debugging or deploying your programs; or (ii) thirty (30) days after installation of the Utilities onto that machine. We may add additional files to this list from time to time.

    c. Build Server List.  The software contains certain components that are identified in the Build Server List located at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251961. You may install copies of the files listed in it, onto your build machines, solely for the purpose of compiling, building, verifying and archiving your programs.  These components may only be used in order to create and configure build systems internal to your organization to support your internal build environment.  These components do not provide external distribution rights to any of the software or enable you to provide a build environment as a service to third parties. We may add additional files to this list from time to time.

    d. Included Microsoft Programs. The software contains other Microsoft programs. These license terms apply to your use of those programs.

    e. Third Party Notices. The software may include third party code that Microsoft, not the third party, licenses to you under this agreement. Notices, if any, for the third party code are included for your information only. Notices, if any, for this third party code are included with the software and may be found in the ThirdPartyNotices.txt file located at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251962.


    a. Distributable Code. The software contains code that you are permitted to distribute in programs you develop if you comply with the terms below.

    i. Right to Use and Distribute. The code and text files listed below are “Distributable Code.”

    · REDIST.TXT Files. You may copy and distribute the object code form of code listed in REDIST.TXT files plus any of the files listed on the REDIST list located at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251953. Depending on the specific edition of the software, the number of REDIST files you receive with the software may not be equal to the number of REDIST files listed in the REDIST.TXT List. We may add additional files to this list from time to time.

    · Third Party Distribution. You may permit distributors of your programs to copy and distribute the Distributable Code as part of those programs.

    ii. Distribution Requirements. For any Distributable Code you distribute, you must

    · add significant primary functionality to it in your programs;

    · for any Distributable Code having a filename extension of .lib, distribute only the results of running such Distributable Code through a linker with your program;

    · distribute Distributable Code included in a setup program only as part of that setup program without modification;

    · require distributors and external end users to agree to terms that protect it at least as much as this agreement;

    · for Distributable Code from the Windows Performance Toolkit portions of the software, distribute the unmodified software package as a whole with your programs, with the exception of the KernelTraceControl.dll and the WindowsPerformanceRecorderControl.dll which can be distributed with your programs;

    · display your valid copyright notice on your programs; and

    · indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Microsoft from any claims, including attorneys’ fees, related to the distribution or use of your programs.

    iii. Distribution Restrictions. You may not

    · alter any copyright, trademark or patent notice in the Distributable Code;

    · use Microsoft’s trademarks in your programs’ names or in a way that suggests your programs come from or are endorsed by Microsoft;

    · distribute partial copies of the Windows Performance Toolkit portion of the software package with the exception of the KernelTraceControl.dll and the WindowsPerformanceRecorderControl.dll which can be distributed with your programs;

    · distribute Distributable Code to run on a platform other than the Windows platform;

    · include Distributable Code in malicious, deceptive or unlawful programs; or

    · modify or distribute the source code of any Distributable Code so that any part of it becomes subject to an Excluded License. An Excluded License is one that requires, as a condition of use, modification or distribution, that

    · the code be disclosed or distributed in source code form; or

    · others have the right to modify it.

    b. Windows Store. If you distribute your programs through the Windows Store you understand and agree such distribution is subject to the Windows Store developer terms and terms of use,

    3. WINDOWS APPLICATION CERTIFICATION KIT. You may use the Windows Application Certification Kit solely to test your programs before you submit them for a potential Microsoft Windows Certification and for inclusion on the Microsoft Windows Store. The results you receive are for informational purposes only. Microsoft has no obligation to either (i) provide you with a Windows Certification for your programs and/or (ii) include your program on the Microsoft Windows Store.

    4. INTERNET-BASED SERVICES. Microsoft provides Internet-based services with the software. It may change or cancel them at any time.

    a. Consent for Internet-Based Services. The software features described below and in the Windows SDK for Windows 8 Privacy Statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=234352 connect to Microsoft or service provider computer systems over the Internet. In some cases, you will not receive a separate notice when they connect. In some cases, you may switch off these features or not use them. For more information about these features, see the software documentation. By using these features, you consent to the transmission of this information. Microsoft does not use the information to identify or contact you.

    i. Computer Information. The following features use Internet protocols, which send to the appropriate systems computer information, such as your Internet protocol address, the type of operating system, browser, and name and version of the software you are using, and the language code of the device where you installed the software. Microsoft uses this information to make the Internet-based services available to you.

    · Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). This software uses CEIP. CEIP automatically sends Microsoft information about your hardware and how you use this software. We do not use this information to identify or contact you. When available, new help information about the errors might also be automatically downloaded. To learn more about CEIP, see http://www.microsoft.com/products/ceip/en-us/privacypolicy.mspx.

    · Error Reports. This software automatically sends error reports to Microsoft. These reports include information about problems that occur in the software. Sometimes reports contain information about other programs that interact with the software. Reports might unintentionally contain personal information. For example, a report that contains a snapshot of computer memory might include your name. Part of a document you were working on could be included as well. Microsoft does not use this information to identify or contact you. To learn more about error reports, see http://oca.microsoft.com/en/dcp20.asp.

    ii. Use of Information. We may use the computer information, error reports, and CEIP information, to improve our software and services. We may also share it with others, such as hardware and software vendors. They may use the information to improve how their products run with Microsoft software.

    5. SCOPE OF LICENSE. The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that only allow you to use it in certain ways. You may not

    · disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any third party without Microsoft’s prior written approval;

    · work around any technical limitations in the software;

    · reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software, except and only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this limitation;

    · make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement or allowed by applicable law, despite this limitation;

    · publish the software for others to copy;

    · rent, lease or lend the software;

    · transfer the software or this agreement to any third party; or

    · use the software for commercial software hosting services.

    6. BACKUP COPY. You may make one backup copy of the software. You may use it only to reinstall the software.

    7. DOCUMENTATION. Any person that has valid access to your computer or internal network may copy and use the documentation for your internal, reference purposes.

    8. EXPORT RESTRICTIONS. The software is subject to United States export laws and regulations. You must comply with all domestic and international export laws and regulations that apply to the software. These laws include restrictions on destinations, end users and end use. For additional information, see www.microsoft.com/exporting.

    9. SUPPORT SERVICES. Because this software is “as is,” we may not provide support services for it.

    10. ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This agreement, and the terms for supplements, updates, Internet-based services and support services that you use, are the entire agreement for the software and support services.


    a. United States. If you acquired the software in the United States, Washington state law governs the interpretation of this agreement and applies to claims for breach of it, regardless of conflict of laws principles. The laws of the state where you live govern all other claims, including claims under state consumer protection laws, unfair competition laws, and in tort.

    b. Outside the United States. If you acquired the software in any other country, the laws of that country apply.

    12. LEGAL EFFECT. This agreement describes certain legal rights. You may have other rights under the laws of your country. You may also have rights with respect to the party from whom you acquired the software. This agreement does not change your rights under the laws of your country if the laws of your country do not permit it to do so.

    13. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. The software is licensed “as is.” You bear the risk of using it. Microsoft gives no express warranties, guarantees or conditions. You may have additional consumer rights or statutory guarantees under your local laws which this agreement cannot change. To the extent permitted under your local laws, Microsoft excludes the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

    FOR AUSTRALIA – You have statutory guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law and nothing in these terms is intended to affect those rights.

    14. LIMITATION ON AND EXCLUSION OF REMEDIES AND DAMAGES. You can recover from Microsoft and its suppliers only direct damages up to U.S. $5.00. You cannot recover any other damages, including consequential, lost profits, special, indirect or incidental damages.

    This limitation applies to

    · anything related to the software, services, content (including code) on third party Internet sites, or third party programs; and

    · claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, guarantee or condition, strict liability, negligence, or other tort to the extent permitted by applicable law.

    It also applies even if Microsoft knew or should have known about the possibility of the damages. The above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you because your country may not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental, consequential or other damages.

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