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Old 10-21-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Windows 7 OEM Vs. Retail

I was curious what the difference was between oem and retail version software. Here is what I came up with. The oem version can only be used once on that system and no tech support from M.S. The retail version can be installed in multiple computers, one at a time. Meaning you can install then deinstall then install in another computer. Plus you can call or email M.S. for tech support. Also you get a fancy box and pay $50.00 more for the retail version. Any other thoughts please feel free to add...
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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That's pretty much it.
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OEM can be used for reinstalls on that system, right? I've never really understood the whole OEM thing.
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the only difference is retail comes with the box and manual
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the only difference is retail comes with the box and manual
....and with support.
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OEM can be used for reinstalls on that system, right? I've never really understood the whole OEM thing.
Yes, you can reinstall it on the same computer as many times as you want with no issues.

Everything the OP stated is true.

Although you can install an OEM copy on a different machine, but that would require a phone call to Microsoft to explain why you are moving it.
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When you buy OEM, the first system you install it on, that license is permanently tied to that system. So, if you sold it after using it for 2 years you would be legally forced to include the OEM software along with it.

OEM's original intent was to allow system builders a cheaper way to add Windows to their systems. So, smaller computer shops could build their own brand of PC and then add the OEM with it.

When you buy a HP or Dell they also use OEM software on their systems. So, you can't transfer the OS or other OEM software to another computer.

MS support blows, so I wouldn't even bother looking at support options. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten ridiculous answers from their paid Enterprise support.
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just to clarify

retail - you can install on any number of pcs but only one at a time and you can upgrade it and it wont ask you to renter the cd key

oem - you can only install on one pc and it stays with that pc and if you do a big upgrade it will invalidate it and you have to call up india???
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just to clarify

retail - you can install on any number of pcs but only one at a time and you can upgrade it and it wont ask you to renter the cd key

oem - you can only install on one pc and it stays with that pc and if you do a big upgrade it will invalidate it and you have to call up india???
yes, in a nutshell you are right.
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so if you want to use the oem on another pc wont it let you and will you ahve to pay microsoft to get a new key
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