I'm building an new PC as a Christmas gift. I'm currently unemployed so to try and cut costs I bought an OEM 'license' from an online reseller. It appears to be fully legit (not a forgery) but when trying to install, I get the "invalid product key" or something close to that.
I called the company I bought it from and was told that I MUST use an OEM cd to do the install from. They said they'd be happy to send me one for 'another' $40.00.
Needless to say, I can't afford this. I have both a 'full' version of "Home", and "Pro" already (being used currently) so I just figured I could use one of these CD's to install from. But it no worky.
Can anyone please tell me what the ACTUAL DIFFERENCES are between the OEM version of XP PRO, and the Retail version? I tried to do searches online, and everywhere I looked they said the version are the same, which they don't appear to be.
Also, I believe that I can borrow a friends version of the "OEM Prep-kit" (I think it's called), can I use that to build a working OEM CD using the PID that I bought?
Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated!