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  1. epidemic

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    ...Microsoft Windows XP Pro Edition and the OEM Version of it? What exactly is OEM, and is the OEM version the same as the oringinal version?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    OEM is identical in every respect, apart from the conditions under which the license permits its use.

    It is for use on the hardware with which it is purchased, and cannot be separated from that hardware if sold, or cannot be transferred to other hardware.

    OEM = Original Equipment Manufacture

    Telephone support cannot be obtained from Microsoft. But that is not a disadvantage really.

    Price wise it is usually the way to go.
     
  3. epidemic

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    Ok thanks for clearing that up for me. And another question, if I purchesed to OEM version and I want to reinstall Windows, can I enter the same product key to activate it, or would I have to have a totally new product key?
     
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    You can reinstall it on the same hardware in exactly the same way as full retail - no difference at all.

    You just cannot transfer it to different hardware (in theory, according to the license...)
     
  5. epidemic

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    Ok cool. You've been very helpful, Thanks.
     
  6. kiwiguy

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    Just be careful where you buy it (OEM).

    Some "deals" on the web are to good to be true.

    They are apparently on-selling OEM copies, that have already been installed. Could be a real problem to reactivate one day.

    If the price is too good to be true, it is not true....
     
  7. epidemic

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    So what would be a normal priced OEM? And what website(s) do you recommend for me to buy it at? Thanks in advance.
     
  8. kiwiguy

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    No idea where you live.

    As shown, I could find a NZ price but that would be unrealistic if you are in the UK, or US.

    Read this for guidance perhaps.
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/oem_software_scams/
    Buy from a reputable place if on-line, one that has a secure server for transactions and a real address for a physical location.
     
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    If you live in the US, this is a relaiable vendor with decent prices.

    wrs
     
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