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oem vs retail v. of windows xp?

by ptam91 / June 28, 2006 1:58 PM PDT

I heard that the oem version of windows xp pro is a one time installation. So if i install windows xp pro with an oem disk, i can't reinstall it. But if i buy a retail version, i can install and reinstall as many times as i want to. Is that ture? and is there anything else i should know about the difference for the oem and retail version of windows xp pro?

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I have OEM version of WINXP Home Edition
by DarCLew2 / June 28, 2006 2:04 PM PDT

You can reinstail them, that was a myth someone spread around. I have installed it six times since January.
Darrell Lewis

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so no difference?
by ptam91 / June 28, 2006 2:18 PM PDT

So the OS is the same except there no instructions or ad's or anything but the cd for oem right?

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OEM Vs Retail
by Papa Echo / June 28, 2006 3:10 PM PDT
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There are no differences in the software thenswelves. The differences are elsewhere:

?OEM: You can reinstall as many times as you need to, as long as installations are to the same computer, or to the same computer with no major changes of its hardware, e.g. mother board, so as to make it a different computer, as otherwise, you will not be able to activate it. With OEM, you get no support from Microsoft,

?Retail Full Version: You can reinstall as often as you want or need - to the same computer, or to the same computer with significent changes, or to an entirely different computer, as long as it is on only one computer. With the retail version, you get Microsoft support. (You may have to put up with a person with a foreign accent who does not understand English very well. Happy )

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by ptam91 / June 28, 2006 3:26 PM PDT
In reply to: OEM Vs Retail

so would a secondary hard drive(still would use the same regular one), or processor with same motherboard make it invalid?

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(NT) (NT) Second hard drive no, but new processor most likely.
by John.Wilkinson / June 28, 2006 3:29 PM PDT
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New processor....
by Papa Echo / June 28, 2006 5:03 PM PDT
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With a secondary HD, you will get by, but with a new processor, you probably won't, unless you can provide proof that the processor broke within its warranty period, then Microsoft may` validate, but as mentioned before, support is given by the OEM, but since you bought the licence without the computer (i.e. the OEM licence is not preinstalled), I suppose no manufacturer is involved, i.e. you get no support.

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