Hope I haven't just wasted 151 dollars. ? about XP on a MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by chenderson2, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. chenderson2 macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2009
    I hope that I didn't just mess myself up and lose $151.00. While waiting... and waiting... waiting for my new MacBook Pro, I decided to order VM Fusion and Windows XP to install on it when it arrives. I know NOTHING about Windows. I got VM Fusion from Apple. But, I kept running into problems ordering Windows XP. I didn't know which "version" to order. I kept finding versions which said "upgrade." I'm not upgrading from an older Windows OS. So, I figured that one would not work for me. Then, I kept running into a problem with retailers saying they do not have any Windows XP software available, because Microsoft does not distribute it anymore. I finally found it available at Tiger Direct and ordered it for $149 plus shipping. Well, it came and it says OEM version (NOT returnable for ANY reason.) What does that mean? Will it work for me? All I need it for is to enable me to use IE 7 on my Mac, as so many sites will not allow Macs to access them.
  2. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    Have you tried installing/using it yet? I mean if it's not returnable under ANY circumstances, then what do you have to lose (other than $151)? And I hate to mention it, but why didn't you ask us here or somewhere else first? Even if we gave you conflicting answers at least you'd have a better understanding of the situation.
  3. iGaryMonnecka macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    It will work fine. That is what I'm running on my MacBook. Works great and is pretty lean.
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    That will work for you.

    OEM means that the software is tied to that hardware and shouldn't be used on any other systems. It's intended for people that build their computers.
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    The OEM version will be fine

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  6. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    It's fine. It simply means that the license is tied to your computer and cannot be transferred.

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