OEM or Retail Version?

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steve70

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I realise that an OEM version of Windows XP will be about half the price of the retail version, but that's about it! I would like to know more information before I decide which to replace my dual boot win 98/ 2000 professional system with. Can anyone enlighten me please?

Thanks in anticipation.
Steve
 

Miz

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An OEM version of Windows is licensed by Microsoft to be sold
with any "non-peripheral hardware component." Tiger Direct, for example, adheres to that by shipping it with a "CD-ROM audio cable" which is aguably the cheapest "non-perpheral hardware component" in existence. ;)

With OEM versions you receive a Certificate of Authenticity and a CD containing the program on it. That's it. No pretty packaging, no printed promo material and no "free technical support from Microsoft."

The retail version comes in the fancy wrapper and has all the printed material included...most of which you probably don't need or want anyway...along with whatever "free" tech support Microsoft offers. I don't have a clue what that tech support may or may not be since I've never called MS.
 
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Steve
Welcome to TSG!
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version comes with just the CD. The CD contains all the same software a full version does but you do not get the Manuals nor the pretty box. Microsoft also will not allow you your free two calls in case you have problem with the OS so they will charge the the normal $35.00 incident fee.
IMHO I would never buy retail because the savings easily would pay for a call or two to MS if it was needed......... but problems??? that is what we have TSG for!:D

Dave
 
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Unless you're running a business and absolutely need that M$ support, I'd go with the OEM version. As far as support goes, TSG and other forums are all you need.
 
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