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.
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