Originally Posted by blade007
u only get 1 CD Key though for both retail and oem, how would u install the RETAIL one to a new computer if the CD key has been used
Because they are Different, that answers your question. The OEM one is a "one and done" type thing. Install it and that's it, you got vista.
Retail you can install it and have vista just as you woudl with OEM, but then if your HD dies and you buy a new HD, and you don't have to buy vista again because the retail version allows you to reinstall it again, as long as it is one computer at a time. Or if you buy a new computer or whatever.
Also, you can get student discounts on Vista. Which is the only reason I got Vista Home Premium Retail, it was 70$.