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Retail or OEM , how can I tell???


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#1 Megaman1

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:53 PM

Hi,


If I try to install a Retail version of XP onto a PC that originally had a "Royalty OEM" version of XP installed onto it, will my Retail version of XP work on my PC?

Is SLP info only stored on my "Royalty OEM CD" or is it also stored in the BIOS as well?



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#2 Megaman1

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 09:05 PM

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How can I tell if I have an OEM or Retail Version of XP Pro installed on my PC, without looking at my XP CD or my COA sticker???


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Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:01 PM

No part of any OS is stored in the BIOS


Royalty OEMs receive a ‘golden master’ copy of Windows from Microsoft. The royalty OEM may customize Windows as described in the OPK, their license agreement, or a signed addendum… These OEMs obtain all customized media, end-user manuals, and bulk quantities of COA stickers from MS authorized replicators.

Royalty OEMs may provide recovery media for each computer, and that media must be protected so that it can be used only on that particular computer. Both printed books and any recovery media display the OEM name and branding.

System-locked preinstallation (SLP) is an anti-piracy technology that helps prevent the copying of legitimately licensed operating system software onto non-licensed systems. SLP is available only to royalty OEMs.

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#4 Megaman1

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 03:16 AM

Hi,


Are all Windows Retail, OEM and Upgrade CDs exactly the same, I mean do they all have the exact same data on each CD or does each CD have a serial number stored on the CDs data to some how prevent pirate copies?




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Posted 31 December 2009 - 03:27 AM

Hi,



If I buy Windows XP Pro Retail, all data on any other Windows XP Pro Retail CD will have the EXACT same data on it as my OS CD right???

And the ONLY difference between my Windows XP Pro Retail purchase and anyone elses will be the Product Key right???


Please the more detailed answer the better.

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EDIT: Merged both posts since they handle the same subject ~ Elise

Edited by elise025, 31 December 2009 - 08:53 AM.


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Posted 31 December 2009 - 03:56 AM

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If it is Offical Windows CD, yes, the same as any other Offical Windows CD. But not necessarily the same as HP, Compaq and many other Brand Computers' Disks.

Confusing? Yes, but that is the way it is. On Most Brand Name Disks the Drivers needed are also included for that specific Machine and will not allow you to install any other Version of Windows on it, by the Offical Windows Disk, because you can't find Drivers to suit.

I hope that clears it up?

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:57 AM

If the ID number in the "Registered to:" section on the General tab of System Properties contains -OEM- then it is OEM Windows. I can't say off the top of my head if all OEM installs must contain this character string though.

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