OEM and Retail???

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by neo090282, Oct 6, 2002.

  1. neo090282

    neo090282 Guest

    Just a query,

    What are the advantages of buying OEM and the negatives of it? As opposed to Retail??

    Ta'

    Ian
     
  2. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    I think OEM versions are stripped down of any extras, as opposed to retail, which comes with all the extra goodies. Needed or not. However, I'm just guessing here.
     
  3. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    advantages of OEM: Price

    disadvantages of OEM: Limited support, usually must get support from the place you bought it only, manufacturer of the product can, and often do, refuse to give support for that product.

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  4. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

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    OEM are for large distributors only, like computer resellers, they only come with a cd and instructionmanual. Retail products are meant for the shops, they are with a box and sometimes some extras.
    An example is Windows. When you build a computer and you want to buy parts, then you are licenced to buy an OEM version of Windows (EULA: This product can only be shipped with a computer). When you want to buy only Windows, then you must buy the retail version.

    edit: forgot to say: OEM and retail versions of software are exactly the same, the only thing that is different is the box and some extras (like bonus software).
     
  5. ssj4conejo

    ssj4conejo Guest

    Also to my experience atleast OEM's do NOT need to be activated.
    I installed XP OEM through a recovery disks on my friends messed up computer and it required NO activation, yet Retails DO require activation.
     
  6. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    That's true. Retail XP needs to be activated. My OEM version does not...
     
  7. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    OEM does not come with the RETAIL boxes/cases and therefore is cheaper... :)

    I have bought most of my rig OEM and my retailer here gives me same warranty as the retail package... plus I am not shorted on anything...

    only things I have not received is user manual for my audigy gamer card... thats it...

    as far as xp? I dunno... never tried OEM v/s XP therefore dunno...
     
  8. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Well my Home OEM does need to be activated. :confused:
     
  9. BonyTony

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    Price

    My OEM Xp HE full edition cost me £71.00 pounds, if i bought retail ... upgrade version would have cost me cost £80.00 and full £160.00 so i got a "bargin" and big paper box`s are so eighties ;)
     
  10. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    Same here as did a friends XP Pro OEM :confused:
     
  11. dabomb

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    yeah my xp home edition needed to be activated also :(
     
  12. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    hmm my xp home oem didn't need 2 be activated....i have a h.p pavillion...what are all urs?

    mine was installed off a hiden partition btw:p
     
  13. dabomb

    dabomb Moderator

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    mines an evesham micros comp
     
  14. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    Well mine was a home built system as was my friends
     
  15. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

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    If I am smoking something funny - say so and I'll go away but
    I think we are comparing apples and oranges.

    My thoughts:

    OEM - the one that comes installed on a "store bought" cpu/system. Like mine and Henyman's HP

    OEM - the one that is not installed anywhere - but is bought as "OEM Software" (without all the fancy packing etc.)

    This second OEM would have to be activiated because M$ would need to know where (or on which cpu - since it is a single use license) the OS was installed, while the "store bought" OEM (would not be activated) because M$ already knows that it is installed on a manufacturer's cpu which was sold commerically.

    Make any sense???? Bottom line being we are talking about different "OEM's":confused:
     
  16. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    Your right damnyank I was trying to figure that out and your right it there are two versions of OEM and the ones I've gotten have the second kind
     
  17. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    yup dy is right again:p