End-User License Agreement (EULA)


Definition of EULA in the Network Encyclopedia.

What is End-User License Agreement (EULA)?

End-User License Agreement, also known as EULA, is a type of contract between a computer software publisher and the purchaser of the software that outlines the various rights granted to the purchaser for the legal use of the software.

End-User License Agreement (EULA) example
End-User License Agreement (EULA) example

The End-User License Agreement (EULA) for a software product is usually found on a separate piece of paper accompanying the product, inside the front cover of the user manual, or on screen prior to installing the software.



You should read and become familiar with the terms of your EULA for the software you purchase. Failure to follow the terms of the EULA might open you or your company to prosecution for software piracy.

Difference between EULA and Terms of Use

EULA is a type of license agreement that details how a product or service can and can’t be used. Terms of Use are a set of rules and regulations that the user must agree to in order to be able to use a product of service.

Both EULA and Terms of Use are types of agreements, which is why many people mistakenly believe that they are the same thing. However, the two are very different. In fact, some companies prefer to use both for added coverage; whereas, others choose to incorporate the terms of use within the EULA.

Comparison between EULA and Terms of Use:

 EULATerms of Use
DescriptionA license agreement that details how product or service can and can’t be used.  A set of rules and guidelines that one must abide by in order to use the service
Also known asEnd-user license agreement, software license agreementTerms of Service Agreement, Terms and Conditions
TypeLicenseAgreement
Used forCopyrighted SoftwareProvision of services such as websites and apps
Similar toRent AgreementBehavioral Contract
FunctionTo establish the user’s right to use the productRules and guidelines that must be followed
PurposeTo govern how the user can use the product or serviceTo govern the behavior of the user when they are using the website or app
SignatureMust be signed or agreed uponMay be agreed upon or may not be required to
LawRequired by lawNot required by law, but recommended
Legally bingingLegally binging contractMay be legally binding




How can I find and read Microsoft End User License Agreement (EULA) for Windows 10

You can access the EULA for Microsoft Windows 10 by opening the rich text file license.rtf. It is located in the \Windows\System32 folder. You can also rress the Win+R keys to open Run, type winver into Run, and click/tap on OK to open About Windows. Click on Microsoft Software License Terms to open the End-User License Agreement.

Click on Microsoft Software License Terms to open the End-User License Agreement
Click on Microsoft Software License Terms to open the End-User License Agreement



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