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    Windows XP Professional OEM

    Just curious if anyone has bought an OEM version of Windows?

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    I have purchased a few. Not recently though

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    Are they the full version?

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    They are the full version, but be careful. Some OEM versions will not install on anything but the hardware they are set up to be installed on. Technically you shouldn't be able to purchase an OEM version without getting a computer attached to it. The product key is also different from the retail version, which is different from the corporate version.
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    If you are purchasing the OEM version from a legitimate source, it will be the full version of Windows XP Professional... minus the packaging/etc.

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    OEM is fine, works the same as retail, I always purchase OEM versions.

    Tiger Direct is very reputable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJTrevOSU View Post
    If you are purchasing the OEM version from a legitimate source, it will be the full version of Windows XP Professional... minus the packaging/etc.
    If you are buying it from a legitimate source, then the OEM version must come with a computer. If not, then it's not legit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjojade View Post
    If you are buying it from a legitimate source, then the OEM version must come with a computer. If not, then it's not legit.
    Not true at all... there are different types of "OEM":
    Quote Originally Posted by OEM Wiki Site
    There are two types of OEM when it comes to operating systems. The first is when a pre-built computer is purchased, there is a OEM disk that comes with the system, which can not be transferred to any other system, because that disk is designed to run only with the specific system components. The second type of OEM Operating system is one that can be purchased, and , and that can be transferred to any other system, without the dependence on the systems components. The main difference between the two is that one is only meant for that specific system, and the other can be used on any system.

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    Well, that information is not complete, at least as far as Microsoft Licensing is concerned. They do have system specific OEM software for the large players such as HP or Dell. These discs will ONLY work on the system models they are designed for and will refuse to install on any other system.

    Then, there is the white box OEM software that system builders can purchase for pre-installation on their generic machines. This version can be installed on any type of machine. However, as an end user you cannot simply purchase the software to install on your own machine. That is a violation of the terms of the sale.

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    Usually you need to to purchase a piece of qualifying hardware in order to purchase an OEM version. For example a motherboard, processor, or HD would qualify. However a new DVD drive, video card, or adding more RAM would not. As you may know O.E.M. stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. The general Idea is that an OEM version should be sold when you are building a new computer. BTW you cannot do an upgrade by installing an OEM version, you may only do a fresh install. Everytime you buy a store-bought brand name computer it will come with an OEM version. The only difference is it will be a specialized OEM version that will only work with that specific model and series of computer from that manufacturer, most of the time!. BTW you are able to install, and activate most regular OEM versions on two separate computers. This is what Microsoft's EULA and activation process allows.
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    Tiger Direct sells all kindsa OEM Microsoft stuff...and good thing...Office 2007 SUX!
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    I ended up buying the oem version from tiger direct. I installed it on my mac running parrallels. Works awesome

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    The following is relevant for OEM copies not previously bundled with computer systems from large manufacturers, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Gateway, or Acer....

    An OEM copy of Windows XP can be legally purchased by anyone. The disc is holographic to prevent counterfeiting, and the Certificate of Authenticity will say "OEM" on it. This version comes with no manuals and no technical support of any kind. It is, however, a full-fledged copy of Windows XP and will pass all validation and WGA requirements. It is entitled to all released updates and service packs, and downloads requiring validation. Microsoft originally stipulated that it should be shipped only with a complete system, then modified it to be bundled with a motherboard, then any PC component (including a case screw or zip tie), then removed this stipulation entirely. It can be installed on a single machine, but may not be transferred to another machine, even if it is removed from the first. There's $30,000 of college education and five years of retail experience right there.

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    Thanks for the update!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjojade View Post
    They do have system specific OEM software for the large players such as HP or Dell. These discs will ONLY work on the system models they are designed for and will refuse to install on any other system.
    Not true at all. I built custom video systems when I worked in IT and we ordered the DELL OEM XP Pro discs all the time from our supplier. They worked flawlessly on the generic boxes.
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    With one minor detail.....

    Quote Originally Posted by partiesound View Post
    Not true at all. I built custom video systems when I worked in IT and we ordered the DELL OEM XP Pro discs all the time from our supplier. They worked flawlessly on the generic boxes.
    True, many times they will also work on a generic computer. But they do many times install help files, misc. garbage, etc., specific to the computer manufacturer whose logo co-exists on the cd label. A tech-savy person can remove these items after installation, however!
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    Full OEM version should be something like this...
    http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0289209
    Microsoft OEM
    Windows XP Professional SP2c OEM System Builder
    SKU: 595462
    Mfr Part #: N58217
    UPC: 882224580014
    $159.99
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    Yes, sometimes they will work. Other times, not so much. It's a game of roulette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Gibson View Post
    Full OEM version should be something like this...
    http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0289209
    Microsoft OEM
    Windows XP Professional SP2c OEM System Builder
    SKU: 595462
    Mfr Part #: N58217
    UPC: 882224580014
    $159.99
    looks a lil expensive for sp2 tho...those go for 80-90 on newegg if its the same disc I'm thinkin of

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    Upgrade versions are less, but a full OEM copy of XP PRo still nets $130-150, from ebay to places like newegg.com.
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