oem vs retail?

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  1. jeffuwee macrumors member


    Aug 31, 2008
    i was planning on buying vista ultimate so that when i buy my macbook i could use windows software and play games via bootcamp. but i realized that vista is really expensive so i searched online and sure enough i could just get the home premium edition. i searched this website http://software.pricegrabber.com/windows-operating-system/m/32269562/search=microsoft%20windows%20vista%20home%20premium%2064bit/st=product/sv=title/ and it all lists as oem and not the retail box version of vista home premium 64bit. i was wondering if there's something different with oem version and retail version. cause i need 64 bit because im planning to put in 4 gb of ram. thank you.
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    The software is the same. The license is different.
    OEM = Can't be transferred to another computer once it's installed. (1 copy/1computer, non-transferable)

    Retail = Can only run on one machine at a time, but can be loaded onto different machines.

    You can use either, just be mindful of the licensing, as it may be relevant to the future. ;) :)

    Please be mindful that this topic has been covered many times, and can be found in a search. (Example). Doing so first, may give you the answer, and will tend to make more members want post with some help. ;)

    Good Luck.
  3. mac.crack macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    OEM license details

    Retrieved in May, 2008, found on the OEM Partner Center website (requires a free account to view):

    "Microsoft retail software licenses are the appropriate licenses for the do-it-yourself market. OEM System Builder software is not intended for this use, unless the PC that is assembled is being resold to another party."

    "Use of OEM System Builder software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. The software is intended for preinstallation on a new personal computer for resale."

    Also, "OEM System Builder Software
    Must be preinstalled on a PC and sold to another unrelated party ...
    Cannot be transferred from the PC on which it is preinstalled ...
    Must be preinstalled onto a new PC using the OPK."

    "If you are distributing the PCs within your organization, you can't grant the end user license terms to yourself."

    Emphasis is mine.
  4. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Simple enough, buy the cheaper OEM version, have the genius bar install it for you, there you go, "Apple sold it to you, so therefore the license is fully valid."
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Build the computer yourself, install the OEM version if you prefer, and "sell" it back to yourself. The real caveat is, you are your own technical support for hardware, and software. :eek:

    You can obtain Windows support through MS, but it has to be purchased. :p
  6. hogfaninga macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2008
    Chestnut Tree Cafe
    Thanks again daddy for being so.......well you know. You post this in every thread about this. You must work for MS.

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