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    Default Win7 OEM v full retail version

    Ok, this is a basic you-really-should-know-this but....whats the difference between a full retail version of win7 ultimate or professional and the OEM version of same apart from the large difference in the price and which is the better buy relatively speaking?
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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    cool--thks

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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    Quote Originally Posted by KMoA View Post
    whats the difference between retail version of win7 and the OEM
    Cost.
    A pretty box.
    Microsofts crazy rules.
    wipe your paws.

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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    Quote Originally Posted by KMoA View Post
    Ok, this is a basic you-really-should-know-this but....whats the difference between a full retail version of win7 ultimate or professional and the OEM version of same apart from the large difference in the price and which is the better buy relatively speaking?
    TIA
    I got the academic version of Ultimate for $180 - that seems to be the best deal out there and it is the same as full retail.

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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    Quote Originally Posted by pctek View Post
    Cost.
    A pretty box.
    Microsofts crazy rules.
    There is no difference in the software just the above stuff.

    Also the fact that OEM software should generally be sold with the hardware its used on (but this doesn't end up being the case with online PC retailers).

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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    one major difference is that Microsoft does not "support" OEM software, the OEM who sole you the OEM software does

    so if you run into a problem with your Windows 7 installation and you have the OEM version, you won't be calling Microsoft Support and getting free help and assistance

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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    Quote Originally Posted by nmercer View Post
    one major difference is that Microsoft does not "support" OEM software, the OEM who sole you the OEM software does

    so if you run into a problem with your Windows 7 installation and you have the OEM version, you won't be calling Microsoft Support and getting free help and assistance
    Only problem with that - is many people who call Dell, HP etc, get the run around - they say "its Microsoft's problem/ Software, contact them" - and the poor customer gets shunted from pillar to post.

    Usually the OEM's suggestion, once again Big names like Dell, HP is to run the recovery DVD's and put the system back to factory default. Smaller places like many people here that run a business will help the person, its the "big name" places that dont care.
    Update / Upgrades = Replace old bugs with new ones.

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    Default Re: Win7 OEM v full retail version

    My XP is OEM, even if I had retail support from Microsoft, I would never use it, I never have.

    The only thing that is useful is the knowledgebase (sometimes)

    Anything else can usually be solved by Google, Wikipedia or PressF1 forum itself

    If you can get the OEM you might as well, save money, other than that there is pretty much no difference (nothing you need to care about really anyway)
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