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post #21 of 32
The theory goes, as I understand it.

Buy OEM. Install on your PC. Upgrade motherboard. Buy New OEM version. Buy New Computer. Buy New OEM version.

Or...

Buy Retail. Install on your PC. Upgrade Motherboard. Reinstall. Buy New Computer. Reinstall.

As long as the Retail version is only ever active on one PC, you can install it on different PCs over time. You can't (supposedly) do that with the OEM version.

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Hm. I thought OEM's are the troublesome buddies and the RETAIL's are the troubleless buddies. To me, what I thought, is that OEMs for Operating Systems like Windows, when you install it with all your current hardwares, and then it works, but if you want to reformat or anything, when it asks you for your activation could, you will have to call the number and go through the representative to have it working again, but for RETAIL, you do not have to go through such troubles. Is it not the same if you change motherboards, how about if your motherboard dies and you have OEM, so that means you cannot use the OEM OS CD anymore? That part I am not sure of, but for reinstalling OEM OS's you'll just have to go through troubles, and RETAILS are the easiest to use.
post #23 of 32
Another thing about OEM, there is NO SUPPORT from Microsoft. Meaning you can't call Microsoft to troubleshoot a problem you are having with the OS or conflicts with hardware or software, you have no support from Microsoft! Now, that does not mean that you can't get updates and such, just that Microsoft is not responsible for things going wrong within the OS!
post #24 of 32
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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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So is there any diffrence in the BIOS setting and the ability to access them between OEM and RETAIL?
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no, the bios are part of the motherboard, a flash memory chip on the motherboard contains the bios
    
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It's legal reusing the CD-Key on the retail version, but illegal on the OEM version.
Woah I never new that... so is Microsoft telling me (a pro-microsoft user) that I am not allowed to install there $200 product on my other 2 computers?
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Dangit, I knew I should of spent an extra $200 for Ultimate 64bit..... No wonder my friend couldn't reinstall Vista cause he had OEM........
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Each key is only valid for so many times usually 5 times the key can be used before haveing to call microsoft to get it activated where at that time they will ask you how many computers the software is currently installed and as long as it's only 1 then your good to go. They will ask you if it was preinstalled on the computer or if you purchased it. I have all OEM so I say Preinstalled they ask why are you reactivating I usually do because of reformating or because of system changes. And they give me my 42 digit confermation number that I have to type into the box's 6 numbers go into each box and they will read 3 digits at a time. (Can ya tell i've done this hundreds of times) Im alway's changing somthing in my computer and if it's a big enough change I have to reactivate such as New motherboard, Processor, Adding more than 1gb ram, Graphics cards about everything short of cd/dvd drives, sound cards about any pci add in card. I've had to call in my key I couldn't even tell you how many times it's still the same computer just different stuff inside. It's not like I have it one more than one at a time. Oh and for those who dont know this I asked myself and so can you what you can do with one key. You can put that key on any computer AS LONG AS IT'S ONLY INSTALLED ON ONE COMPUTER AT A TIME or 1 DESKTOP AND ONE LAPTOP. That is legally what you can do.
    
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Each key is only valid for so many times usually 5 times the key can be used before haveing to call microsoft to get it activated where at that time they will ask you how many computers the software is currently installed and as long as it's only 1 then your good to go. They will ask you if it was preinstalled on the computer or if you purchased it. I have all OEM so I say Preinstalled they ask why are you reactivating I usually do because of reformating or because of system changes. And they give me my 42 digit confermation number that I have to type into the box's 6 numbers go into each box and they will read 3 digits at a time. (Can ya tell i've done this hundreds of times) Im alway's changing somthing in my computer and if it's a big enough change I have to reactivate such as New motherboard, Processor, Adding more than 1gb ram, Graphics cards about everything short of cd/dvd drives, sound cards about any pci add in card. I've had to call in my key I couldn't even tell you how many times it's still the same computer just different stuff inside. It's not like I have it one more than one at a time. Oh and for those who dont know this I asked myself and so can you what you can do with one key. You can put that key on any computer AS LONG AS IT'S ONLY INSTALLED ON ONE COMPUTER AT A TIME or 1 DESKTOP AND ONE LAPTOP. That is legally what you can do.
I agree. I guess my purchase wasn't that bad lol......
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