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OEM vs. RETAIL OS CD

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I just want to know the difference between OEM and RETAIL Operating Systems CD. I've read that with RETAIL you can transfer it to another system. I build computers for a hobby so does it mean that every time I build a pc I can install a RETAIL version and activate it without any conflict. I use an OEM version every time so I have a CD for every pc that I built. Is this supposed to be the case? Thanks in advance for your help.

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  • Sonny Hibo Mar 08, 2009

    So, it means that even if I have a RETAIL version, I still have to activate it which means one OS per PC

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Actually you can install either they just require a key from microsoft you can get online or by phone.
Microsoft of course wants to be paid for the key.
If your building lots of computers you can contact microsoft for a multi user disk (cheaper) than buying new each time. Upside to retailer os is you get xtra goodies for customers like trial version of word, norton antivirus..ect..

My feeling think each opsystem should have its own disk in cause of faliure then you customers do not have to purchase another copy to reinstall.
Ex hard drive failure lost whole dive now they have to spend more money just for copy to install. When they paid for activation allready. Microsoft makes a meant this way not fair to counsumer.

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Hey Hicomp! Generally retail packaged software is designed to be sold in retail stores and as such comes with a lot of literature, extra paperwork, CD's, and usually tech support for the program you're purchasing. OEM packaged software is the same software just without the retail packaging, extra paperwork, and no tech support usually.

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