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Which one will i buy? OEM or Full Version of Windows 8.1 Pro

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February 23, 2014 3:30:34 PM

I just got new SSD to be installed to my laptop and i'm planning to change my current OS Windows 7 Home Premium that was already installed when i bought this laptop. I'm asking now which one will i buy OEM or Full Version? and can someone teach me how to install it too on my SSD.
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February 23, 2014 3:54:35 PM

Whichever is cheaper. If you buy it and install it, the only difference is who you can call for 'support'.
Retail = you get to call Microsoft
OEM - you get to call you

As the possibility of having an issue where you need to call Microsoft is so tiny.....it's not worth any extra money.
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February 23, 2014 3:57:31 PM

USAFRet said:
Whichever is cheaper. If you buy it and install it, the only difference is who you can call for 'support'.
Retail = you get to call Microsoft
OEM - you get to call you

As the possibility of having an issue where you need to call Microsoft is so tiny.....it's not worth any extra money.


But in retail can i fix it too just myself? and do you think windows 8.1 non Pro is good too?
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February 23, 2014 4:13:12 PM

iamtanz said:
USAFRet said:
Whichever is cheaper. If you buy it and install it, the only difference is who you can call for 'support'.
Retail = you get to call Microsoft
OEM - you get to call you

As the possibility of having an issue where you need to call Microsoft is so tiny.....it's not worth any extra money.


But in retail can i fix it too just myself? and do you think windows 8.1 non Pro is good too?


Yes. But if 'Retail' is more expensive than OEM/System Builder, there is no reason to spend that extra.

And as far as Pro/nonPro....Win 8 Pro gives some corporate level features. ability to join a domain, Remote Desktop Connection, etc. If you don't need those...not worth the extra money.
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February 23, 2014 4:17:52 PM

USAFRet said:
iamtanz said:
USAFRet said:
Whichever is cheaper. If you buy it and install it, the only difference is who you can call for 'support'.
Retail = you get to call Microsoft
OEM - you get to call you

As the possibility of having an issue where you need to call Microsoft is so tiny.....it's not worth any extra money.


But in retail can i fix it too just myself? and do you think windows 8.1 non Pro is good too?


Yes. But if 'Retail' is more expensive than OEM/System Builder, there is no reason to spend that extra.

And as far as Pro/nonPro....Win 8 Pro gives some corporate level features. ability to join a domain, Remote Desktop Connection, etc. If you don't need those...not worth the extra money.


Yea you're right, but what bothers me with OEMs. they said when you install it, it's tied to the first motherboard you activate on

i dont get that.
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February 23, 2014 4:27:02 PM

iamtanz said:

Yea you're right, but what bothers me with OEMs. they said when you install it, it's tied to the first motherboard you activate on

i dont get that.


It was that way with Win 7 and earlier. Licensing for Windows 8 has changed significantly.
Now, it mainly depends on how you obtained the license.

If you buy it and install it, you can reinstall as many times as you want, on whatever hardware you want. New motherboard, new PC, whatever. As always, only one PC at a time.

If it is installed by someone else (HP/Dell/etc) it is licensed to that original hardware.
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February 25, 2014 12:51:30 AM

iamtanz said:
I just got new SSD to be installed to my laptop and i'm planning to change my current OS Windows 7 Home Premium that was already installed when i bought this laptop. I'm asking now which one will i buy OEM or Full Version? and can someone teach me how to install it too on my SSD.

Surprised no-one has mentioned W8 Pro Upgrade, it's even cheaper than OEM and can be clean installed on your SSD...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Pro-Upgrade-XP-Vista/dp...


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May 4, 2014 8:43:37 PM

dodger46 said:

Surprised no-one has mentioned W8 Pro Upgrade, it's even cheaper than OEM and can be clean installed on your SSD...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Pro-Upgrade-XP-Vista/dp...


I know this is an older thread, but I just want to clarify that doing an upgrade to Windows 8 will not get you the new licensing terms. If you upgrade a Windows 7 oem to Windows 8 it is just expanding upon your Windows 7 license, so it is still bound by motherboard.

I know this from experience. I upgraded an OEM version of Vista to Windows 8 when it was $40. I was unable to move that OS to a new build because the Vista license was hardware bound. If I recall correctly they told me I could transfer the upgrade by itself, reverting the old pc back to vista, but I would still need an existing OS on the new pc.
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May 4, 2014 9:59:26 PM

T3Kmitch said:
dodger46 said:

Surprised no-one has mentioned W8 Pro Upgrade, it's even cheaper than OEM and can be clean installed on your SSD...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Pro-Upgrade-XP-Vista/dp...


I know this is an older thread, but I just want to clarify that doing an upgrade to Windows 8 will not get you the new licensing terms. If you upgrade a Windows 7 oem to Windows 8 it is just expanding upon your Windows 7 license, so it is still bound by motherboard.

I know this from experience. I upgraded an OEM version of Vista to Windows 8 when it was $40. I was unable to move that OS to a new build because the Vista license was hardware bound. If I recall correctly they told me I could transfer the upgrade by itself, reverting the old pc back to vista, but I would still need an existing OS on the new pc.

Thanks for that, though I've never tried to re-locate an updated OS yet, typical M'soft! I wonder if the clean install with the Upgrade Disk would have worked. (You choose 'Custom Install' instead of Upgrade and once complete leave the disk in the drive and do a 'Refresh your PC' to activate Windows)

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