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#1 jon51

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:33 AM

When putting together my new system I am debating going with an OEM copy. I have used OEM XP in the past and had no issue because my computer has stayed pretty much the same.

What can/can't you change out of an OEM system?

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#2 sjvirchow

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 12:17 PM

Everything except the motherboard. Microsoft changed the OEM license, which states that a new motherboard, is equal to a new computer. You can change everything else. Retail versions (that you buy in a retail store) you can change anything, even the motherboard. I'm not sure about if your motherboard dies from a defect. In the license, they mean if you "upgrade" a motherboard.

Windows OEM not transferable to new motherboard: http://www.osnews.com/story/13705
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Posted 08 August 2010 - 12:18 PM

Hi jon51.

Take a look at this tutorial. An Explanation of Oem, Upgrade, Academic, And Full Versions of software

That should answer a lot of questions, feel free to ask if something isn't covered.

Hope that helps.

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