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What is the Difference between

OEM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116215

and

Retail:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116140


Is the Difference just the price and different packaging?
    
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i think you can only install OEM on one computer
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OEM is bound to ONE computer.

If that computer changes dramatically over time, the OS locks itself and becomes un-usable. For example if you upgrade the motherboard, then it essentially isn't the same computer.

Retail, you can only install it on one computer at a time however you can put it on any kind of system you like with the freedom to upgrade. Lifetime use.

Usually OEM shuts down when you replace the mobo (considering it is the body of a PC)
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not true... i have an oem that ive used on 2 completely different computers.. but if you do happen to install it on 2 computers at once, if the first one is connected to the internet while you are activating the second one, it will say that it has been activated too many times.. if its offline then it will be ok, but that would be piracy
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Originally Posted by chobes View Post
not true... i have an oem that ive used on 2 completely different computers.. but if you do happen to install it on 2 computers at once, if the first one is connected to the internet while you are activating the second one, it will say that it has been activated too many times.. if its offline then it will be ok, but that would be piracy
I never said it isn't possible. It just isn't legal
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post #6 of 6
Hmmm.... if it is the same as the "XP Builders Pack", then you will receive a disk and a very brief manual.

The Retail version will have more documentation.

As a side note: I have purchased 2 XP builders packs over the years, and each one has been on multiple systems - legally. I did have to call MS for a new key, but it has not a problem...I do not know if Vista will be the same.

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