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#1 blueandgold04

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 09:17 PM

I need to buy a new OS :thumbsup: . Given that Vista is still in beta, I have decided to buy XP Professional. Buying OEM is certainly the cheaper route to go, but then do I give anything up? What would motivate me to spend the extra money on retail?

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:40 PM

You will not give up anything buying an XP Pro OEM. OEM OS's are made available to PC builders at a lower cost to help raise the profit margin for the builders.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:26 PM

Did you see this?

An Explanation of OEM, Upgrade, Academic, & Full Versions of Software

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 09:43 AM

Thanks for the replies. I was in my local computer shop and I asked the guy about it. My real issue is that I have a laptop and a desktop that I want to reformat. He told me that I would have to buy 2 copies of XP, so that each would work properly with regards to updates and such. Is this the case? I mean, that's a real way for Microsoft to put the screws to consumers if it is! :thumbsup:


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 10:04 AM

Yep. M$ has it set so that your computer will be recognized along with your copy of XP, if you transfer this to another computer M$ it will not recognize it and won't allow updates.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 05:56 PM

You should be able to puchase a corpoate version of Windows Xp that only requires one key to install and be legit. the question is is it going to be worth it. i couldnt find any info on XP Corporate so i dont know

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 09:13 PM

i am thinking you want to upgrade to vista from my assumptions in your first post...so i say go for OEM and then get vista after..you save more money
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