OEM and Retail copy of xp pro question

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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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  1. 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
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    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
  3. 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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