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Anonymous
August 16, 2004 8:06:36 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hi ... Could someone explain what's the differents
between OEM and Retail copy of windows xp ??? Does retail
have more files or folders ??? Also now that SP2 is out
if i was to purchase a license copy of windows xp will it
have SP2 on it ??? Thanks
Anonymous
August 16, 2004 12:08:54 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

In news:6d4801c48381$18a54280$a601280a@phx.gbl,
Susan day <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Hi ... Could someone explain what's the differents
> between OEM and Retail copy of windows xp ??? Does retail
> have more files or folders ???


The OEM version can only legally be sold with hardware, although
these days, any piece of hardware, even a power cord, qualifies.
Although if you get a complete generic OEM version, it contains
the same software, it has the following disadvantages as compared
with the retail version:

1. Its license ties it permanently to the first computer it's
installed on. It can never legally be moved to another computer,
sold, or given away.

2. It can only do a clean installation, not an upgrade.

3. Microsoft provides no support for OEM versions. You can't call
them with a problem, but instead have to get any needed support
from your OEM; that support may range anywhere between good and
non-existent. Or you can get support elsewhere, such as in these
newsgroups.



> Also now that SP2 is out
> if i was to purchase a license copy of windows xp will it
> have SP2 on it ?


Highly unlikely. You will get what the store has in stock, which
almost certainly is a pre-SP2 version. It will probably be a few
months before copies with SP2 are widely available.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup
Anonymous
August 16, 2004 4:15:50 PM

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Hi

One of the main differences is that Microsoft doesn't support OEM versions.
You have to go back the company that supplied you with that disk. OEM
versions are cheaper than Retail versions. Also the OEM supplier can
include any of it's software, that perhaps some people don't want. Certain
files/apps may be missing from the OEM version.

--

Will Denny
MVP - Windows Shell/User
Please reply to the News Groups


"Susan day" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6d4801c48381$18a54280$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> Hi ... Could someone explain what's the differents
> between OEM and Retail copy of windows xp ??? Does retail
> have more files or folders ??? Also now that SP2 is out
> if i was to purchase a license copy of windows xp will it
> have SP2 on it ??? Thanks
Anonymous
August 16, 2004 11:22:31 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Greetings --

There are some very important reasons that an OEM license costs so
much less than a retail license. OEM licenses are very limited:

1) OEM versions must be sold with a piece of hardware (normally
a motherboard or hard drive, if not an entire PC, although Microsoft
has greatly relaxed the hardware criteria for WinXP) and are
_permanently_ bound to the first PC on which they are installed. An
OEM license, once installed, is not legally transferable to another
computer under any circumstances. This is the main reason some people
avoid OEM versions; if the PC dies or is otherwise disposed of (even
stolen), you cannot re-use your OEM license on a new PC. The only
legitimate way to transfer the ownership of an OEM license is to
transfer ownership of the entire PC.

2) Microsoft provides no free support for OEM versions. If you
have any problems that require outside assistance, your only recourse
is to contact the manufacturer/builder of the PC or the vendor of the
OEM license. This would include such issues as lost a Product Key or
replacing damaged installation media. (Microsoft does make allowances
for those instances when you can prove that the OEM has gone out of
business.) This doesn't mean that you can't download patches and
service packs from Microsoft -- just no free telephone or email
support for problems with the OS.

3) An OEM CD cannot be used to perform an upgrade of an earlier
OS, as it was designed to be installed _only_ upon an empty hard
drive. It can still be used to perform a repair installation (a.k.a.
an in-place upgrade) of an existing WinXP installation.

4) If the OEM CD was designed by a specific manufacturer, such as
eMachines, Sony, Dell, Gateway, etc., it will most likely only install
on the same brand of PC, as an additional anti-piracy feature.
Further, such CDs are severely customized to contain only the minimum
of device drivers, and a lot of extra nonsense, that the manufacturer
feels necessary for the specific model of PC for which the CD was
designed. (To be honest, such CDs should _not_ be available on the
open market; but, if you're shopping someplace like eBay, swap meets,
or computer fairs, there's often no telling what you're buying until
it's too late.) The "generic" OEM CDs, such as are manufactured by
Microsoft and sold to small systems builders, don't have this
particular problem, though, and are pretty much the same as their
retail counterparts, apart from the licensing, support, and upgrading
restrictions.


Bruce Chambers
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"Susan day" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6d4801c48381$18a54280$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> Hi ... Could someone explain what's the differents
> between OEM and Retail copy of windows xp ??? Does retail
> have more files or folders ??? Also now that SP2 is out
> if i was to purchase a license copy of windows xp will it
> have SP2 on it ??? Thanks
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