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OEM, at what point will MS consider their OS...

by ahtoi / April 17, 2010 2:31 AM PDT

no longer belong. In other word, what hardware can I change before the OS says I don't work here anymore.

Something else that I come across at Fry's I thought a bit illogical. It says (FULL) windows7 (oem) version. I thought now-a-day all OEM OS are full version, unless it mean one has a disc and the other do not.

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OEM is usually locked to the motherboard
by Steven Haninger / April 17, 2010 2:53 AM PDT

You may change other components such as hard drives, RAM, display cards, etc...even the CPU. This won't mean you may never have to activate the system but the motherboard is the key component. I do know that OEM builders have a way of changing the MB with an OEM copy of Windows but it must be their little secret. Obviously if they need to replace a defective board within the warranty period you won't be charged for a new copy of Windows. As for full OEM copies of Windows at Frys, these are meant for builders making PCs for purchase and not for themselves. It will be the same as full version retail but with a different volume number and a product ID code that works only with that issue of Win7.

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I was just wondering why Fry's ...
by ahtoi / April 17, 2010 3:34 AM PDT

emphasis the word Full, because OEM still lock the OS to a computer only for always. So I guess FULL just sounds good.

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Well, it could be meant to differentiate that disk
by Steven Haninger / April 17, 2010 4:48 AM PDT

from one that comes with a brand name PC in that it would have a bigger library of drivers and such. There would be no reason for Dell to put drivers on their OEM version for other than their products. OEM just means "original equipment manufacturer". Sometimes the term used was "VAR" which means Value Added Reseller. A VAR would basically be an example of a local builder who would buy OEM copies of operating systems such as you'd find at Frys. If they sell you a PC, you should get that full OEM disk and not some recovery image such as you'd get from Dell. Hope that helps.

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OEM versions
by Willy / April 17, 2010 10:24 AM PDT

I have found two different OEM's of the typical system or available. These are the ones provided from the likes of Dell, Gateway, etc. and OEM for DIY'ers openly brought from vendors. I suspect the "full" version is the generic type for DIY'er which is more than likely acts as if a retail version but not tied to OEM system makers, which may curtail or offer only what's needed to support their system model# offering in a custom build. While a DIY'er will widely engage in building whatever comes handy of openly brought or obtained. Some vendors may offer a "gray market" OEM versions that came from Dell, HP, etc., as if generic versions but these may fall short or simply fail as they look for the brands they're suppose to be build from, so beware.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Full version
by Phil Crase / April 18, 2010 1:37 AM PDT

Full version as opposed to the "upgrade"

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No, you see, in my mind...
by ahtoi / April 18, 2010 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Full version

OEM version mean full; no upgrade is needed (at least I don't think so). I was just wondering why Fry's emphasis the FULL when it's meaning-less.

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I like the answer at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2010 1:46 AM PDT
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That's something else laughable.
by ahtoi / April 18, 2010 5:19 AM PDT

How the hick do they control that. Does Microsoft want the business or not. You know I am not a fan of MS for a long long time; I just don't like them people jump hoop all the time.

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The deal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2010 5:23 AM PDT

Is simple. What many have done is buy the OEM then demand support from MSFT. Even when they were told it was not included. And even when it was locked to the machine, they still call in and want help.

Sure, jump through hoops but not only are the hoops getting smaller but soon may be on fire.

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Hope this helps...
by Guerito / April 18, 2010 1:50 AM PDT

OEM Software means that the software is sold only with a certain piece of hardware and/or the software manufacturer provides no technical support.

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