Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-25-2005, 07:23 PM   #1
In Runtime
 
mnikraysktiyttm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 114
Question Is there a difference between OEM and retail

http://computerforums.org/showthread.php?t=19144

Quote:
Windows XP Home? OEM , Retail ?
Is there a difference?
__________________

__________________
This space for rent.
mnikraysktiyttm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2005, 07:30 PM   #2
Baseband Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 89
Default

Yea, another question, do the pre-installed drivers and programs differ between OEM and Retail?

Or is the only difference that OEM can only legally be used on one machine, Retail can be used on as many as you want?
__________________

rocket1406 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2005, 07:57 PM   #3
BSOD
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,734
Default Re: Is there a difference between OEM and retail

Original Equipment from Manufacturer (OEM) is just that, the equipment. It comes with no accessories and usually no manual or other documentation of any kind. So an OEM copy of Windows would be a disc in a sleeve with a registration number sticker on it. A retail copy comes in a box with an installation guide and whatever else they include. Retail is generally more expensive since it has more stuff. Also, retail is what you'll find at most stores like Best Buy or any retail store (hence 'retail'). You usually can only find OEM stuff online or at specialty shops like those mom and pop computer places.

Most copyrighted software (like Windows) can only be legally installed on one machine at a time. It doesn't matter whether it's OEM or retail. This means that you legally must own a unique copy of Windows for each machine you have it installed on. Also, the retail copy of Windows (or whatever program) should be exactly the same as the OEM copy. The only difference is OEM won't come with any documentation or accessories.
catalyst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2005, 08:14 PM   #4
In Runtime
 
mnikraysktiyttm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 114
Default Re: Is there a difference between OEM and retail

My computer says its OEM but the box it came in was one of those tri fold things with a bunch of pictures and stuff and a manual, it was also an upgrade cd, i had to have a past version to install it, does that change the meaning?
__________________
This space for rent.
mnikraysktiyttm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0