Question about OEM OS's?

Hi,
How does purchasing and installing an OEM operating system (Windows 7 Pro 64 bit for example)? Any downsides to this practice, assuming you are building a system?
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  1. Yeah there's one major downfall.

    You don't get a shiney box. I know, I hope you can get through the rest of your day with this tragic news. I thikn the last line above is the same for any windows installation.
  2. Quote:
    Your question doesn't make any sense.


    The only difference is you don't get support and when you change out the mobo likely you'll have to call Microsoft to get a code because OEM Windows attaches itself to the mobo.

    Hi,
    Sorry about that, I edited the first sentence and forgot to fix it. It should have been the following: "How does purchasing and installing an OEM operating system differ from a retail version?".
    Terry
  3. It really doesn't differ. Retail can be a little more convenient, but hardly worth the additional money, unless you actually plan to RTFM. Even changing MBs is no big deal. You'll hear horror stories, but I think they're urban myths because I've called MS several times over for that very reason, and I've never had a problem.
  4. Chuckles_ said:
    It really doesn't differ. Retail can be a little more convenient, but hardly worth the additional money, unless you actually plan to RTFM. Even changing MBs is no big deal. You'll hear horror stories, but I think they're urban myths because I've called MS several times over for that very reason, and I've never had a problem.

    Hi,
    I guess my main concern is about the availability of upgrades. Are there problems in getting upgrades? I was concerned with what Microsoft calls "support".
    Terry
  5. Upgrades are fine, the only difference is the lack of a person on the other end of a phone line, but thats what this forum is for i guess!
    on another note, everytime you buy a prebuilt system or laptop etc, it comes with an OEM license, so no problems there
  6. Hereisphilly said:
    Upgrades are fine, the only difference is the lack of a person on the other end of a phone line, but thats what this forum is for i guess!
    on another note, everytime you buy a prebuilt system or laptop etc, it comes with an OEM license, so no problems there

    Hi,
    That is true. I guess I already have some experience with OEM software.
    Terry
  7. The OS itself is identical. Its just different licensing terms and lack of phone support.
  8. They may identical. Some oem versions are generic; they will work on nearly anything. Others are tied to specific brands of hardware. For example, every HP oem disk I have ever seen looks for HP hardware, and if it doesn't find HP hardware, it refuses to install.

    OTOH, most of the oem disks (legitimate keys) being sold are generic.
  9. FALC0N said:
    The OS itself is identical. Its just different licensing terms and lack of phone support.

    Hi,
    I understand that installation support is not included. But is product support beyond simple installation still covered?
    Terry
  10. I got the student Win7 64 bit, you think that falls under the OEM motherboard rule?
  11. cmcghee358 said:
    I got the student Win7 64 bit, you think that falls under the OEM motherboard rule?

    Hi,
    If it isn't a full retail version, then it probably does.
    Terry
  12. terry4536 said:
    Hi,
    I understand that installation support is not included. But is product support beyond simple installation still covered?
    Terry


    What do you mean by product support? Calling MS for tech support?
  13. FALC0N said:
    What do you mean by product support? Calling MS for tech support?

    Hi,
    Yes, technical support of the software beyond the intial instalation. For example, dealing with blue screen errors. Is product support beyond the initial installation covered?
    Terry
  14. terry4536 said:
    Hi,
    Yes, technical support of the software beyond the intial instalation. For example, dealing with blue screen errors. Is product support beyond the initial installation covered?
    Terry


    No, it is not.
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