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What is OEM and what does it mean for me ?

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  1. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    oem means original equipment manufacturer. effectively the license is tied to that specific computer.
     
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    An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, manufactures products or components that are purchased by a company and retailed under that purchasing company's brand name.[1][2][3][4][5] OEM refers to the company that originally manufactured the product.
     
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    I dont know if they still do it but to buy OEM OSs you had to get a piece of hardware with it before. The companies would throw in a cable or some other cheap part to make it legal.

    I am using Win7 64 oem from Newegg on my comp. The retail version has a fancy box and some more directions.

    One other thing they used to do, when you got a OEM disk you could only register it one time to that comp but a retail version could be registered several times.
     
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    You can re-register the OEM, but the license is tied to the motherboard, so keep that and you will be OK. Or just lie and say a critical BIOS update changed some parameters and they will give you a new key.
     
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    OEM = sticker licence for the computer and no help from Microsoft.
    Retail = licence on a separate piece of paper and support from Microsoft.
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Thanks to all for this information . so will I get updates from Microsoft with OEM ? God how confusing is all this no wonder Bill Gates is a BILLIONAIRE !
     
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    Can you reinstall an OEM operating system disc more than once? 'cause I do that every four months or so; or is the retail better?
     
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    How about if I upgrade my mobo next year? Can I call MS and get a new key?
     
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    No, you call the activation line and reactivate. Read the thread I linked to.
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Yep that is all I do . :toast:
    As long as it is on the same system you had it on to start with . If not then you need to buy another copy .
     
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    What? Hold on, I just went downstairs for my tea and apparently I missed a discussion; where are those posts?
     
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    Actually it's tied to the hardware ID. The computer is diveded into 10 points (or something like that), and hardware x is worth y points. Change enough points = license is expired. As most things are integrated in the motherboard nowadays (sound card, NIC and so on) it generally expires with the motherboard though.

    And MS tech's are usually a pretty knowing bunch, so it's often hard to trick them. ;)

    It should be noted that the retail licenses = 90 days of free support from first activation.

    EDIT:

    This here would totally not work where I work.
     

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