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    OEM Versions

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    by 1samiam2 ·

    What is the difference in the OEM version of XP and the full retail version?

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    • #3375772

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      by carlos.nino ·

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      OEM is the one the stores use to install in new PCs. No manuals, no CDs, no nothing!

    • #3376233

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      by thechas ·

      In reply to OEM Versions

      Functionally, there is no significant difference between the OEM and full retail versions of XP.

      Sometimes, the OEM versions have more additional software on them.

      On a practical basis, there is a significant difference in the terms of the license.

      For the OEM version, you are technically limited to installing it on 1 set of hardware ONLY.
      You are not allowed to remove the OEM version from the PC and install it on another PC.

      With the retail version, you are allowed to remove the software and install it on another set of hardware.

      Chas

    • #3363322

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      by d_gilmour_1978 ·

      In reply to OEM Versions

      basic answer $$$$
      and a bit of packaging.
      No one I know reads the manual. From my experience if you can understand it you didn’t need to read it 🙂

    • #2670410

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      by rltcok02 ·

      In reply to OEM Versions

      OEM in most cases does’t receive the support. If you ever want to upgrade most OEM software does not come with the CAB files, and therefore will not allow an upgrade. Dell sells an OEM that does qualify, however they are the exception.

    • #3383000

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      by wlbowers ·

      In reply to OEM Versions

      Microsoft will not do tech support on an OEM version.
      You have to go back to the OEM for any support of the
      software.

      Lee

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