windows xp oem or retail?
Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:04 AM
Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:24 AM
The OEM version is supplied normally only to system builders who also have to buy a hard drive or something similar at the same time to qualify for it's lower price compared to retail. That's no big deal since if your building a PC you'll need to buy other parts at the same time anyway. It's supplied only in a sleeve or jewel-case. No box like the retail version. The OEM licence does not allow you to install it on a different PC when the current one is scrapped. Effectively, both PC and CD die together.
Best option? OEM is cheaper and some stores don't even insist you buy a piece of hardware with it (wrong, but they still do it). Even if they do insist, a spare hard disk is no bad thing. Both OEM and retail will install exactly the same setup of Windows on your PC, only the licence and packaging are different as explained above. Me? -- I'd get the OEM if you reckon the recipient PC won't need to be scrapped for a few more years. If it's on its 'last legs' though and you think it may have to be 'retired' sometime soon, I'd play safe and stump up the extra cash for the retail one.
If you do buy OEM, confirm that the product key is supplied at time of purchase. With a retail boxed version it's always printed on the certificate inside the shrink-wrapped box and consequently it's never missing. Without a box that's less certain.
Edited by pip22, 25 January 2007 - 03:48 AM.
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