Solved: Legitimate Purchase of XPpro/SP2

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blonde288

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I just paid $145 for XP pro/SP2 OEM at Newegg. Seemed a bit high, I thought. With all the different designations, descriptions and packaging that Microsoft and its resellers use, I guess I am not crystal clear on whether I am getting the right version for my new, from-the-ground-up build, for personal use only. Seems like a dumb question, but not for someone who hasn't had to new a total new build before. This pricegrabber site seems to offer what I think is the same one, (for alot less $) just want to be sure. Also, are there limitations (in terms of upgrades, compatability, licensing, etc..) I need to know about? According to microsoft, the 'oem' version is for new builds that have no os yet. ("builder's license") Need to know, because if I just foolishly paid twice what I had to, I will try to return, or at least shop elsewhere for my next XPpro purchase. tia for replies ;)
 

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blonde288, sorry you got caught in the middle of this little problem, but I'd like to address your question.

The reason that the OEM copies are so much cheaper is that they're intended to be sold with hardware, and they really aren't legal as a software-only sale. I don't know how aggressively Microsoft presses these types of issues, because I do see them quite often.

I did find this opinion in a brief web search:

Completely legal. Most online stores offer copies of XP OEM's. The licensing agreement Microsoft gives out with OEM versions is that it must be sold with a "non peripheral piece of hardware" ie network card or HDD. Assuming Directron requires their customers to buy something like this along with MCE 2005 its legal.

So what's the real answer? I don't honestly know. :)
 
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