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Windows 7 retail or OEM for workstations??

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Ive purchased retail in the past and it gets expensive. Ive read the articles on OEM, but I was wondering if OEM still qualifies if you have hardware failure? Can you still reinstall the same OEM OS on the same build if it has new parts?? Should I go OEM or stick with retail??
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Go OEM, you can re-install it on something with failed hardware so long as the motherboard is a replacement from the manufacturer. Even if it isn't, since OEM is under half the price, it's still cheaper to buy another copy for one machine that has a failure than it is to buy retail for 20!
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OEM will be tied to only 1 motherboard, all other parts can be changed/upgraded. If you motherboard breaks you have to get the same one.
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I'm debating the same thing.

With retail can you install on more than one mobo/full system?

I'm changing rigs out frequently, so being stuck with only one pc able to be loaded with os for 300$ isn't worth it to me.

I've also heard home vs. pro vs. ultimate can address only so much ram per edition??

64bit versions even?!
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Originally Posted by Artful Dodger View Post

I'm debating the same thing.

With retail can you install on more than one mobo/full system?

I'm changing rigs out frequently, so being stuck with only one pc able to be loaded with os for 300$ isn't worth it to me.

I've also heard home vs. pro vs. ultimate can address only so much ram per edition??

64bit versions even?!

With retail you can install as many times to any one system at a time. So you upgrade the mobo you can reinstall on the new mobo fine. If you get a new PC you can uninstall the OS on the old system and reinstall on a new one fine.

32-bit can only do 4 GB for any version, 2 GB for Windows Starter

For 64-bit version RAM limits:
Windows 7 Ultimate -> 192 GB
Windows 7 Enterprise -> 192 GB
Windows 7 Professional -> 192 GB
Windows 7 Home Premium -> 16 GB
Windows 7 Home Basic -> 8 GB
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