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Windows XP Home Edition. Regular Vs OEM.

Hi all

I purchased a base unit from an small independent retailer in my local high street and it transpires that the Windows Validation tool identifies the Operating Software as not genuine. I have complained to the retailer, but without success, so will now report him as peddling pirate software.

In the meantime, I want to purchase a genuine copy. I note that there appears to be two varities: "regular" and something called "OEM". The latter is about half the price of the former.

Before I buy a OEM version, is there any difference compared to the other version (that costs treble the amount)?

Apologies for such a Newbie question. No doubt I can find an answer hidden in a forum somewhere, but I can't see where.

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OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) software including Operating Systems [legally] can be sold only with a fully assembled computer. It usually includes some applications such as MS Word, Office, Publishing and fax. And usually includes a 1 year term of tech/customer service and warranty.

Also it usually includes Trial software such as NAV, Mcafee as well as adds for other products and services. These OEM OS's are so good that for most users it may actually be better or more cost effective to just purchase a new computer when it's time for a new OS.

Besides this, I figure the real difference is price.

More from the horses mouth at Microsoft Small Business Community Blog

Hope this is helpful.


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OEM is fine. . .

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Thanks !

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Thank you both for taking the time and the trouble to reply to my post. Much appreciated.

In summary, Windows XP Home Edition purchased seperately (rather than as per-installed on a new PC) as a OEM version, is potentially 66% cheaper, might come with added additional software (bonus!) and yet works just as good as the regular version. Sounds almost too good to be true.

I presume that once installed, it'll ask for a Product Code / Key that will hopefully be recognised by the Validation tool from the Microsoft update site?

Kind Regards

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Yep, you can save a lot of money. . .

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It'll install like a full retail version and the key will come with the disk. Install and activate.

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Warm in the Summer - your so lucky

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Wow I live in the UK it's never warm here! My tip however for leaving a camera in the car is:
a) Get a big dog!
2) Check your insurance.
3) Keep your camera contained within Polysterene this should keep the temperature regulated
4) The other option of course is to buy another camera to keep in the house thereby negatting any reason to take the camera indoors>

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