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So I am building a rig for a guy, and he wants Vista Business, but I am not sure of the difference between getting it OEM from zipzoomfly and getting it from newegg as a system builder's license? Any experience?
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OEM just means it doesn't come with all the fancy packaging, OEMs are generally cheaper then retail versions of the item. I am not sure what system builders license is though.
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It's thee same thing, though I would recommend an Upgrade version instead, if he has a valid XP license, you can find it for about the same price. You can also do a clean install with the Upgrade, I'm writing a Tutorial later today on how. The OEM is tied to the original Motherboard, so if you upgrade it, you need a new license.

(Stupid bug!)
Edited by EmerilLIVE - 5/13/08 at 10:31am
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I would think from reading,

OEM means that it would be only able to install it on that machine (motherboard wise) once.

IF you got a system builders license, then you would be able to install it on one machine with motherboards being changed out.

Though don't quote me on this, as I am not sure.

Honestly, I never have to worry about this.
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post #5 of 17
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OEM just means it doesn't come with all the fancy packaging, OEMs are generally cheaper then retail versions of the item. I am not sure what system builders license is though.
That is WRONG.

OEM licensing is different from retail.

OEM allows it to be installed on one machine. A definition of machine isn't clear and MS uses a secret formula to determine (based on components) what comprises a machine. A motherboard swap will trigger a check though. Retail allows for a single install instance at any given time. This does allow the license to be transferred to other machines.
Edited by DuckieHo - 5/13/08 at 10:31am
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That is WRONG.

OEM licensing is different from retail.

OEM allows it to be installed on one machine. A definition of machine isn't clear and MS uses a secret formula to determine (based on components) what comprises a machine. A motherboard swap will trigger a check though. Retail allows for a single install instance at any given time. This does allow the license to be transferred to other machines.
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That is WRONG.

OEM licensing is different from retail.

OEM allows it to be installed on one machine. A definition of machine isn't clear and MS uses a secret formula to determine (based on components) what comprises a machine. A motherboard swap will trigger a check though. Retail allows for a single install instance at any given time. This does allow the license to be transferred to other machines.
Yep, that is why I recommend the Upgrade, it is a transferable license, and all you need is a valid license for a previous version for it to be legit, and almost everyone has that.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GH0 View Post
I would think from reading,

OEM means that it would be only able to install it on that machine (motherboard wise) once.

IF you got a system builders license, then you would be able to install it on one machine with motherboards being changed out.

Though don't quote me on this, as I am not sure.

Honestly, I never have to worry about this.
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Nope, the "System Builders" license is OEM, their is no difference. Also, yes MSDN FTW!
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post #9 of 17
Be careful with upgrade though. If you ever have to reinstall its a few extra steps to actually get Vista Business reinstalled. I would recommend the builders license and not having to worry about installing XP first (finding media, keys, etc) to get Vista.
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http://oem.microsoft.com/public/seo/licensing.htm
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