Any disadvantages of OEM-versions?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Kalixa, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Kalixa macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Hello. I will need to buy a version of Windows XP. I was just wondering, is there any advantages in getting a non-oem version from a oem version? I personally don't need the manual and support as long as I have a working version of windows xp I am fine. My dad spoke to a guy, and he said that oem version are bound to one piece of hardware. Is this true?

    Also, can you upgrade to a later version of windows using a oem-version? Is an upgrade from to an operating system cheaper than buying a new oem-version?

    Thank you.
  2. Kalixa thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    bump. Anyone have an answer for any of my questions?
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    An OEM version is licensed to be attached to a piece of hardware. It's a full version in its own right but it's stuck on that piece of hardware that you install it on. At least when it comes to a license...
  4. Tangerine macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2007
    There is nothing different with OEM or Retail version. OEM are made especially for System Builder Computer, you only get a manual and the DVD. I bought an OEM myself, it's the same OS and it's the same if you buy the retail. The different is you get a full box with every manual, also the determine factor how many times you can activate Windows. I think OEM, if you have to activate Windows up to 10 times, you have to use phone to activate it. However, you can reinstall Windows as many times as you want. You only need to activate if dramatic Hardware change. Retail is also not unlimited, how many times you can activate and call in is not yet determine or unknown at this point.
  5. Zer0 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    Two differences

    1) You can only transfer the license to a different machine once. After that I guess you will have to get on phone with MS and make excuses :)

    2) No support from MS. The support has to be provided by the system builder who is selling OEM loaded machines. Its like when you buy a PC from dell with OEM version of vista installed, you have to call dell for support. In this case you are buying and installing it yourself, so you have to call yourself for support ;)
  6. Tangerine macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2007
    You can transfer to another computer, as long as you uninstall Vista from your other machine. But then, you may have to activate through phone, it automatic though. You just go through several process and it get activated. Yeah, I forgot about OEM version doesn't want you to install on other computer since it met for System Builder who install Vista onto that machine. With retail it quite easy moving from one computer to another, it still require you to activate though.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Another difference that is oft forgotten. OEM media generally can't be used to upgrade an existing installations, only clean installs.

  8. sir42 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2003
    NY, NY
    If I buy the XP OEM, can I later upgrade to Vista with upgrade DVDs? Or am I better off buying the Vista OEMs?

  9. andrewt1187 macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2007
    If your motherboard gets changed, its still the same computer but with different hardware....
  10. mattmiller macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2007
    OEM, Parallels & Bootcamp

    The OEM version will not work with both Boot Camp and Parallels. The activation process considers the virtual machine and the native hardware to be significantly different. OEM should work if you want to use one OR the other, but be careful - you only get one go at the activation.
  11. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    That is news to me… I am currently using XP OEM (Bought from Amazon) with both BootCamp and Parallels… I have had to reactivate once because I added more RAM.

    Also I am using the BootCamp partition in Parallels.

    The OEM XP has also been upgraded Free of charge to Vista. It came with a Coupon and the upgrade cost me the the mailing costs. Not installed yet…
  12. JohnR23 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2007
    I assume this is the one you bought?
  13. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    I read elsewhere here that a workaround to the activation issue is to first install windows in bootcamp, then activate Windows, and then mount the bootcamp as a virtual machine.
  14. kingofkolt macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    I activated OEM Vista Ultimate once for Boot Camp and once for Parallels. I had to talk to a human to do the Parallels installation, thought.

    You didn't have to reactivate Windows in Parallels?!

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