<A HREF="http://www.directron.com/windowxp.html" target="_new"> Try Here </A> You have to buy the OEM version with hardware, and the OEM version is all you need, but Directron will let you buy it with a $.19 cent thumbscrew.
Yes, I have seen the OEM's on various e-tailers sites. I don't know to much about the difference between the other than cost. I did read from someone that the XP OEM's are not supported by Microsoft what ever that's supposed to mean. Does that mean that you will not be able to get updates for them, or that if something goes wrong with them you are S.O.L.? Also does the OEM version come with the software that normally comes with the retail verion, like OE6, Media Player, etc. If you could shed some light on the difference between the two and if possible any possible problems that may come with the deal I would appreciate it. Thanks......Mark
"A politician should do two terms-one in office & one in jail"<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by vista on 01/17/04 07:56 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
I think the full retail version comes with a certain amount of free online and phone support, while the OEM versions do not, because the place you bought the computer is usually responsible for that kind of support.
The OEM version is the version that is installed on a preassembled computer like Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq, Emachines, ETC., Microsoft sells the OEM version at a reduced rate because its to be bought with hardware, (IE Usually a Computer but sometimes with a Motherboard), and then some companies bend the rules a little, to help out the little guy and make money, and sell the OEM version with, miniscule hardware, say a screw or mousepad, and its legal because hardware was never really defined properly, but thats besides the point.
The OEM version is all you need, Updates from Microsoft are available to either version so you don't have to worry about that, most everyone here is using the OEM versions, so you're in good company, trust me don't worry about it, go ahead and get the OEM.