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Alright thank you. So for my future rig what do you recommend me buy? Cause i want to get home premium 64 bit
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Alright thank you. So for my future rig what do you recommend me buy? Cause i want to get home premium 64 bit
OEM is a waste IMHO, if something happens like the product key goes wack, you are out of luck, this happened to me recently but luckily I had retail so they gave me a new product key.

Retail is well worth the extra money just incase something goes wrong.
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You can get new product keys for OEM as well.
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I got another question with OEM. So this http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.p...702&SID=201947 doesnt require XP, if i built a new system? Also, is it true there is a limitation to system upgrades with OEM? I heard something that you can only upgrade 4 parts
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I got another question with OEM. So this http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.p...702&SID=201947 doesnt require XP, if i built a new system? Also, is it true there is a limitation to system upgrades with OEM? I heard something that you can only upgrade 4 parts
That doesn't require XP, its a full version.

There is a limitation, you are only suppose to install it on one motherboard. You can always call the activation people and get it reactivated on a new computer and uninstall it from the old one but technically you are not suppose to do that.

Retail allows you to move it to different computers as many times as you want, as long as its uninstalled from the previous one.
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Thanks for the info, +rep, but ive also heard that when you have OEM software installed you can only make 4 upgrades before it deactives or something. Like upgrading the CPU,GPU,memory counts as the "4 upgrades" is this true?
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post #27 of 31
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Thanks for the info, +rep, but ive also heard that when you have OEM software installed you can only make 4 upgrades before it deactives or something. Like upgrading the CPU,GPU,memory counts as the "4 upgrades" is this true?
I don't think so.. it might be, I've only had problems with switching the motherboard.
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From what I recall, you should get 5 major hardware changes before you need to call for a reactivation for both OEM or Retail. I'll double check that at work tomorrow
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post #29 of 31
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From what I recall, you should get 5 major hardware changes before you need to call for a reactivation for both OEM or Retail. I'll double check that at work tomorrow
I believe that's correct for retail, but OEM is more picky and will protest when you replace just the motherboard.

Probably retail might throw a fit also when replacing a motherboard, since it recognizes more than five hardware changes if it's a totally different board (with a different chipset and what not).

A mobo can be recognized as the following hardware:
- IDE/ATAPI controllers
- Network adapter
- SATA/RAID controller
- Sound (if onboard)
- USB

There might be more, but right there I already have five hardware changes that might be recognized by Windows if you replace the motherboard.

And again, there is a difference what the activation allows and what's legal. Even if Windows activation of an OEM version is not triggered by replacing the motherboard, doing so is still AGAINST the EULA.
    
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Alright, so for a future rig would you recommend OEM or retail? Since OEM is a lot cheaper.
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