An Explanation of Oem, Upgrade, Academic, And Full Versions of softwareBy Lawrence Abrams on March 19, 2004 | Last Updated: February 27, 2012 | Read 55,786 times.
Many times you will see software for sale that is listed as OEM , Academic, Upgrades, or Full Versions, all at different prices. This may lead to some confusion making you think that they are all different products. In reality they are all the same products, but are priced differently.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Oem software is generally only sold by hardware manufacturers who include the OEM software as part of the total product. For example, when you purchase a new computer and it comes with Windows, it is the OEM version of Windows. Software wise there is no difference between the OEM copy and one you would buy from a store, but the manufacturers buy it in such bulk that they get huge discounts. On the other hand, there is a big difference with OEM software and the other versions when it comes to the support you can receive for the product. If you own an OEM version of a piece of software then you must get support directly from the equipment manufacturer instead of the creator of the software. That means if you have an oem version of Windows XP that you received when you bought your computer, support for Windows XP can only be received from the manufacturer of the computer and not directly from Microsoft.
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