Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › All Windows Vista OEM discs are the same?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

All Windows Vista OEM discs are the same?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Is it true that a Windows Vista OEM disc contains ALL versions on it, regardless what it says on the label? So, in theory, I could re-install Windows Vista Home Premium OEM with a Home Basic disc and just enter my valid Home Premium OEM key?
post #2 of 8
No, OEM discs have 1 or the other on them

Like if you have a Vista Ultimate disc, it is ultimate only.

Also if you have a 32bit version, it is 32bit ONLY
I.XXII.I
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 5960X 8 core Asus X99 Deluxe EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 SSD 128GB (OS/Apps) Samsung 830 SSD 512GB (Games) LG BH10LS30 Windows 8.1 Professional x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2411T(Main) + Samsung T240 (Secondary) Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Razer Imperator Asus Xonar D2X 7.1 Sound Card Astro A40 2013 Ed. audio system Western Digital Elements 3TB (Storage) 
  hide details  
Reply
I.XXII.I
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 5960X 8 core Asus X99 Deluxe EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 SSD 128GB (OS/Apps) Samsung 830 SSD 512GB (Games) LG BH10LS30 Windows 8.1 Professional x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2411T(Main) + Samsung T240 (Secondary) Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Razer Imperator Asus Xonar D2X 7.1 Sound Card Astro A40 2013 Ed. audio system Western Digital Elements 3TB (Storage) 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 8
It all depends on whether or not you have a TRUE OEM disc or a manufacturer's disc.


A TRUE OEM disc is defined as the DVD's with the holographic designs with the word "Genuine and Microsoft" on the edges. These disc contains all versions of Vista in that bit version (i.e, 32-bit or 64-bit). It is the product key that determine what version of Vista the disc will install. In fact, if you do not enter a key and continue you get to choose which version to install (i.e, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, & Ultimate)

On the other hand if you have a Manufacturer's disc, i.e, Toshiba it only lets you install the version that they sold you and it usually includes drivers for your particular machine.

Also, if you have a valid Vista key for a 32-bit version you can use that same key for a vista x64 disc. (i,e. Vista Business 32-bit keys work for Vista Business 64-bit and vice versa)

So long story short...A true OEM version gives you ALL flavors of Vista it's the key that determines what you get...


Edited by playboysmoov - 5/18/08 at 1:44pm
Gorgatron 3000
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790K GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GD5 OCV1  G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB  Toshiba X300 5TB  Samsung SH-223L LG WH12LS39 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Zalman CNPS 9500AT Windows 8.1 Pro Qnix QX2710LED Corsiar K70 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 Fractal Design Define R5 Razer Deathadder 2013 SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad 
Audio
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
Gorgatron 3000
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790K GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GD5 OCV1  G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB  Toshiba X300 5TB  Samsung SH-223L LG WH12LS39 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Zalman CNPS 9500AT Windows 8.1 Pro Qnix QX2710LED Corsiar K70 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 Fractal Design Define R5 Razer Deathadder 2013 SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad 
Audio
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by playboysmoov View Post
It all depends on whether or not you have a TRUE OEM disc or a manufacturer's disc.


A TRUE OEM disc is defined as the DVD's with the holographic designs with the word "Genuine and Microsoft" on the edges. These disc contains all versions of Vista in that bit version (i.e, 32-bit or 64-bit). It is the product key that determine what version of Vista the disc will install. In fact, if you do not enter a key and continue you get to choose which version to install (i.e, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, & Ultimate)

On the other hand if you have a Manufacturer's disc, i.e, Toshiba it only lets you install the version that they sold you and it usually includes drivers for your particular machine.

Also, if you have a valid Vista key for a 32-bit version you can use that same key for a vista x64 disc. (i,e. Vista Business 32-bit keys work for Vista Business 64-bit and vice versa)

So long story short...A true OEM version gives you ALL flavors of Vista it's the key that determines what you get...

If thats tru, why does the so called "true OEM" disk have Windows Vista: Business on it?
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the explanation.
post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by SerenityKill3r View Post
If thats tru, why does the so called "true OEM" disk have Windows Vista: Business on it?
Because its an OEM Disk that came with a Business product key?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116207
Da Crushinator
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 2.4 Ghz Asus IPIBL-LB G33 Chipset Radeon HD 3650 **temporary** 8 GB PC2 6400 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
640 GB Vista HP 64 Bit Samsung 223BW HP Keyboard 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Copperhead Something from walmart with a tiger on it :D 
  hide details  
Reply
Da Crushinator
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 2.4 Ghz Asus IPIBL-LB G33 Chipset Radeon HD 3650 **temporary** 8 GB PC2 6400 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
640 GB Vista HP 64 Bit Samsung 223BW HP Keyboard 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Copperhead Something from walmart with a tiger on it :D 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
So, does anyone know where I could by JUST the true oem disc, without a key?
post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by SerenityKill3r View Post
If thats tru, why does the so called "true OEM" disk have Windows Vista: Business on it?
Because I got the version for free when I purchased Windows XP Professional in 2005.

I have also used this disc countless times to see if cracks would work for Vista Ultimate. You will also notice that the disc says Upgrade on it too! But that only applies to the key.

For more info look here

It clearly points out in the steps that all version are there.
Gorgatron 3000
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790K GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GD5 OCV1  G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB  Toshiba X300 5TB  Samsung SH-223L LG WH12LS39 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Zalman CNPS 9500AT Windows 8.1 Pro Qnix QX2710LED Corsiar K70 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 Fractal Design Define R5 Razer Deathadder 2013 SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad 
Audio
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
Gorgatron 3000
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790K GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GD5 OCV1  G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB  Toshiba X300 5TB  Samsung SH-223L LG WH12LS39 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Zalman CNPS 9500AT Windows 8.1 Pro Qnix QX2710LED Corsiar K70 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 Fractal Design Define R5 Razer Deathadder 2013 SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad 
Audio
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Windows
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › All Windows Vista OEM discs are the same?