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What are the differences between the two? I need to buy an os for my new computer and the cost difference is quite drastic. Can I do the same things with each version?

Also, XP Home or XP Pro? I plan to play games so would Home be a better choice?

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If you can afford it I'd go with retail, a bit more flexibility. Especially if you have to do a reinstall of xp, the OEM version if reinstalled, starts everything from when you first started it-day one[need to back up personal items].... With retail version you use the cd to do a 'repair install' and not worry about losing saved programs
OEM has nearly all set up for you ready to go.

Edit; Disregard the above...I got mixed up!

XP home suitable better for games//entertainment more. Just make sure you have lots of RAM for your games.

Browse through this site regarding preferences for firewall/anti virus/ online security software. If you go with retail you can partition your drive during installation-my personal suggestion...keep a hefty partition or two for your games exclusively.[You can still use 'disk management' xp tool at the outset with OEM I believe to partition your C [system] drive]

Let us know if you need more advice/opinions.

http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173
 
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I disagree bobol.

You confuse OEM with recovery disks, they are very different.

With OEM there is no difference whatever to full retail apart from the license conditions. It belongs with the hardware with which it was purchased, and can not be transferred or sold without the hardware being also transferred or sold.

Support is from the seller, and not from MS, but apart from that all is the same. Updates are from MS just the same.

I would buy OEM every time for the $ saving, its not a real limitation in the EULA.
 
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Actually, you can perform a repair install with an OEM Version also.

Retail does give you more flexibility . . the license allows you to move it to another machine while OEM license is only for one machine forever.

OEM does not give you rights to Microsoft Support ( still not sure if that is a plus or a minus )

The resulting operating system is the same . . OEM costs less.

See this for differences between Home and Pro Editions . . few home users need the additional features in Pro.

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Ok, so looking like Home retail is the one to go with. I once had heard the Pro version is less "buggy" but I've heard Home works well for most. Thanks for the input guys.
 
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I have installed around a hundred Home Editions . . around 50 Professional Editions . . I have found no difference in "buggyness" between the two . . "Buggyness" factor increases in direct proportion to the level of Spyware, trojans and Junkware installed on the systems.

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simpswr said:
Actually, you can perform a repair install with an OEM Version also.

Retail does give you more flexibility . . the license allows you to move it to another machine while OEM license is only for one machine forever.

OEM does not give you rights to Microsoft Support ( still not sure if that is a plus or a minus )

The resulting operating system is the same . . OEM costs less.

See this for differences between Home and Pro Editions . . few home users need the additional features in Pro.

wrs

Are you saying I cannot install an oem version more than once?
 
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You cannot install any version of WIndows on more than one machine at a time, if that is the question? Under the licence you never have been able to.

OEM license means that once it is installed on a PC, in theory you cannot delete it and reinstall it on another PC. In practice you might be able to, but we are talking about legalities.
 

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Ah ok. I get it. Legalize. Never had much use for it. Thats what attorneys are for.
 
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With XP it is more than legalities, there is the Activation process that may stop you from dual-installing.

That effects every version, OEM or not.
 
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