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Why do people buy a Retail version of an OS system (Vista for example), when they can get it for half the price if buying an "OEM"

it's the same thing isn't it, am i missing something here..
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you get a nice box
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you get a nice box
lol, yea other than that, we're talkin bout a $200 difference :S
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i wouldnt buy vista anyways lol.

im not sure about software, but i know that buying certain components OEM can save alot of money. problem is finding the exact one you want, being sold as OEM.
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Retail can be used on one comp at a time
OEM can be used on one comp in its life
So if you buy OEM and then change your comp, you have to buy another copy of the os
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Retail can be used on one comp at a time
OEM can be used on one comp in its life
So if you buy OEM and then change your comp, you have to buy another copy of the os
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
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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
It's legal reusing the CD-Key on the retail version, but illegal on the OEM version.
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once the hard drive has been formatted you can install the key on another comp when it asks you to activate it will look to see if any other comps are running that key if it has any on file it will ask you to call ms and they will verify your key
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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$.
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