OEM XP disks?

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    You can legally use it once you own it. You can only legally BUY it in combination with 'qualifying' hardware -- a CPU, hard drive, graphic card or keyboard/mouse combination (see microsoft.com for the accurate terms and conditions.)

    The seller is only allowed to sell it to you along with hardware, that;s what makes it OEM (or 'bundled') You also get less support from Microsoft (because its supposed to be provided by your OEM vendor, why its cheaper) and many OEM versions do not qualify for reduced cost upgrading to newer versions in the future (again, details will vary)
     
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    @ New Egg
    XP SP2 Home 89.95 OEM
    XP SP2 Pro 139.95 OEM

    XP SP2 Home Retail N/A
    XP SP2 Pro 249.95

    trying to install XP Pro OEM now... in setup, says installing windows, ETA 39 minutes, showing ads for XP that change, time hasn't changed for 20 minutes... stupid M$
     
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    You might look into Media Center Edition as well. The OEM price is more than Home but less than Pro. Considering it is XP Pro with the MCE bits thrown in, it's a good deal.
     
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