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Old 04-18-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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Curiousity has hit me. Reading Reviews on NewEgg for MS WIN XP OEM, some people said not to install until you test your system, and to just buy the retail because you can install again if your mobo get fryed, or you get a new vid card.

How would you test your PC with no OS?

How could the OEM work if you download driver updates?

I might be building my dad a comp soon, and he wants XP Pro, so if I can save him money bby buying OEM, then I will want to.
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live CD OS, there are lots of linux live CD's out there that run soley from disk. no install required. however is not windows, and therefore the computer will still run differently
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:10 PM   #3
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ohh... Still sucks that MS has basicall dropped in quality. I love 98 a lot more than XP, but everyone is using XP now, and MS is gonna drop support for 98 in a year or two. But maybe windows Vista will be better because MS will listen to the people who knows the flaws in MS (basucally everybody on this board)
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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I thought they dropped support for Win98 back in 2000. Oh yeah, I remember they added a year or so, because a lot of 3rd world countries were still running Win98 and it would cost too much for them to get WinXP. I agree with you Wood_Workur, I liked Win 98 a lot better than WinXP. Lol, WinXP has like a new patch every week. Microsoft needs to get its act together before Vista comes out or we'll be faced with WinXP's flaws all over again.
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whats the difference between win xp oem and retail? is it just the packaging?
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Lol, my bad forgot to answer the thread's q. I'd go with the retail version, OEM is probably missing something that the retail has. I have an OEM comp and they never gave me an Win XP install disc. They got some program on my comp to make a recovery discs, which sucks cuz I can't ever get any of the extra features on the WinXP install disc.
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whats the difference between win xp oem and retail? is it just the packaging?
OEM is for companies installing it, like dell, or some guy's custom computer shop. Retail is for you or me, the DIY'ers that might need to re-install if we up grade. Most places that buy OEM sell products to people who woln't upgrade (otherwise they would do the build and save money), and so the OEM will only install once, and with the new XP crap, you can't chaange/add hardware.
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my friend has an oem disk, and he used it on a few computer
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my friend has an oem disk, and he used it on a few computer
Interesting. I herd you can't. had something to do with installing it on one computer, and then you can only use identical mobos to install after that.
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i also have an oem and a retail version, and i was gunna let my friend borrow my retail, but i accidentally gave him the oem disk, and it installed fine. thats how i found out.
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my friend has an oem disk, and he used it on a few computer
I believe this is illegal.
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I bet it didn't activate.
The only difference between oem and retail is the fancy box. Other than that they are the same. You can buy an oem cd if you buy something that's on M$ approved parts list. Not a brand name just a device like a vid card. You get all the same support as if you bought a retail. The colour of the cd is different and the key falls in a different catagory but these are not things for the user to be concerned about.

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OEM is for companies installing it, like dell, or some guy's custom computer shop. Retail is for you or me, the DIY'ers that might need to re-install if we up grade. Most places that buy OEM sell products to people who woln't upgrade (otherwise they would do the build and save money), and so the OEM will only install once, and with the new XP crap, you can't chaange/add hardware.
This you are in error about. You can reinstall oem like retail 6 times before you have to phone for activation. An alternate solution is to retire the cd for 6 months. M$ wipes inactive files after 6 months of non use.
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This you are in error about. You can reinstall oem like retail 6 times before you have to phone for activation. An alternate solution is to retire the cd for 6 months. M$ wipes inactive files after 6 months of non use.
just wondering, but... how do u know that?
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OEM is for companies installing it, like dell, or some guy's custom computer shop. Retail is for you or me, the DIY'ers that might need to re-install if we up grade. Most places that buy OEM sell products to people who woln't upgrade (otherwise they would do the build and save money), and so the OEM will only install once, and with the new XP crap, you can't chaange/add hardware.
I got my disc from an old DELL, I use it all the time on different computers, came in a little sleeve, was about to throw it out, thought it was like some stupid software, but I use it all the time.
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