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I got my copy of Windows XP Pro from my old job, but recently MS slammed me with WGA. I guess someone at my old job started handing out copies to all his friends or something Anyway, I need to buy a new copy of Windows, but I was confused about what "OEM" meant. I heard that with an OEM copy of Windows, the reactivation allowances are cut way down, is this true? What should I buy?
post #2 of 9
well, strictly speaking you cannot buy oem XP unless you are building a system from scratch and purchase the oem at time of purchasing system components (afaik - someone may correct me on this).
I am not aware of reactivation issues, but they may well exist.
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OEM copies will require you to call and reactivate it after the first install.
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post #4 of 9
oem doesn't come in that nice big box and supposedly you arent allowed to reactivate it too many times. I say BS! I have an oem copy and whenever I want to reformat, I just call the registration number and tell them i am just reformatting it and they are fine with that.
    
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oh yeah, when you call them to reactivate, the next time you want to reactivate you can just reactivate over the internet. see what im saying?
1st time activation- internet
2nd time- call
3rd time- internet
4th time- call
5th time- internet


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post #6 of 9
You can reinstall OEM on the same MoBo as many times as you want. You will have to call it in, but reinstalling is legal on the same MoBo. If you switch Mobo's the license requires you to purchase a new OEM license.

Sometimes it's better for fork out for the Retail professional version. It's unlimited (but you still have to call in after 3 or5 re-installs).
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hahaha paying for windows XP, Ill just whisper a couple words here...

genuine advantage workaround.

Id link you... buuuuut, I have no idea where to find one >.> <.< that and its illegal.

However if you search 'Microsoft Genuine Advantage Workaround' or similar terms over at torrent sites such as mininova DOT org ... or torrentspy DOT com, Im sure you could come up with SOMETHING.
    
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post #8 of 9
They'll normally be ok as long as you say your only upgrading because something died on you. So technically its pretty much the same as retail. After somany times reinstall with retail you have to call them anyway so- save yourself some money and go OEM.
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hahaha paying for windows XP, Ill just whisper a couple words here...

genuine advantage workaround.

Id link you... buuuuut, I have no idea where to find one >.> <.< that and its illegal.

However if you search 'Microsoft Genuine Advantage Workaround' or similar terms over at torrent sites such as mininova DOT org ... or torrentspy DOT com, Im sure you could come up with SOMETHING.

you're not really supposed to discuss those kind of things here. even if he can get around wga, what would good would that do? WGA is just a preventative measure against pirated copies, hes still needs to register
    
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