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post #21 of 39
If when you say OEM copy you are talking about Vista Ultimate x64 for System Builders found herehttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116215 then I think all of your bases should be covered. I heard some people talking about it back in the day and you should be fine no matter what mobo you have. Others claimed that it violated the EULA of Vista by purchasing it for your own computer, but since I'm pretty sure you built it, you qualify as system builder.

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Also, my school is a part of the MSDN alliance, we get every piece of software that MSDN offers (I think, even includes XP pre SP1), and Vista Ultimate is not on there. They only offer Business edition to the schools, and I don't think it's even x64.
post #22 of 39
Yea, you definitely should tell your sister to get you Vista from her college. I can get it here (UNL) for $20, yet I still don't because my rig is too crappy and Vista sucks. I'll make sure to grab it before I graduate so I have it if i ever want it though . GL in your search for Vista at a reasonable price!
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Just cough up the money for a retail version. It is no more expensive than a good GFX card and it will most likely outlast any other hardware you have. People complain that it is too expensive, but think about it, what ather part of your PC will you use for 3-4 years? (or more)

If you can't afford retail, buy OEM and live with the consequences. I can't believe with all the posts on this topic and all the information out there, people still don't get it. OEM= 1 install per PC (read:mobo) ever, retail=as many PC's as you want, as long as it is only on one at a time.

If you insist on breaking MS EULA on OEM, please keep it to yourself.
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I'd suggest XP x64 on Newegg, it's available for $140 and is quicker benchmark and real-life performance with x64 support.
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post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by ubernewhacks View Post
I'd suggest XP x64 on Newegg, it's available for $140 and is quicker benchmark and real-life performance with x64 support.
wrong...XP x64 sukz badly, no good driver support...plus Ultimate x64 is faster, stable and good driver support..

Note: People that work in M$ can buy it for cheap and as a gift, give it to you...it is permited and M$ is selling all those OS way expensier than what it costs to their employees...
post #26 of 39
Direct from the OEM Partner Center,
http://oem.microsoft.com/script/cont...?pageid=553064

"Transfer of OEM Licenses"
Transferring Ownership
The end user license agreement (EULA) is granted to the end user by the System Builder and relates to the license on the PC with which it was originally distributed. Because the System Builder is required to support the license on that original PC, a System Builder can not support a license that has been moved from a PC they manufactured to one that they did not. This is one of the key reasons why an OEM System Builder license can’t be transferred. To put it simply, OEM software is tied to the original computer system on which it was installed.
However, the entire PC may be transferred to another end user along with the software license rights. When transferring the PC to the new end user the original software media, manuals (if applicable) and Certificate of Authenticity (COA) must be included. It is also advisable to include the original purchase invoice or receipt. The original end user cannot keep any copies of the software.
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post #27 of 39
I know newegg has a good price for $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116204 and Ultimate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116215 but its way more expensive : (
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post #28 of 39
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wrong...XP x64 sukz badly, no good driver support...plus Ultimate x64 is faster, stable and good driver support.
I did some experimenting with x64 on my system, and the only driver I had a hard time finding was for my Netgear WAG311 PCI WiFi card. Fortunately the generic drivers from Atheros for this card's chipset worked fine.
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post #29 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by abe_joker View Post
wrong...XP x64 sukz badly, no good driver support...plus Ultimate x64 is faster, stable and good driver support..
People who say XP x64 sucks haven't used it since it came out...

However, please know that XP x64 performs worse than XP x86. I confirmed this in my own tests, and another OCN member either yesterday or the day before also confirmed this.
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First off, sorry for any posts that weren't against the ToS that got deleted. There were so many bad posts some may have gotten accidentally removed.

No matter how much any you don't like or don't think the OEM policy from MS if fair doesn't change the rules. MS has determined a new machine lives and dies with the motherboard. I should have just deleted the entire thread, but the OP was diligent in his requests that OEM things not be discussed I just did my best to clean it up. I went back on my own word and *didn't* hand out nearly as many infractions as I could (or should have). OEM is cheap because it isn't portable. If you want portability buy retail.
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