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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by kelvin, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. kelvin

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    I'm in the process of putting together a new PC and intend to buy a copy of XP to go on it - looking around, it seems that some places offer the OEM version of the software (which as far as i've been told is the same as the non-OEM version?).

    On the basis that it's significantly cheaper than it's retail counterpart - i'd like to get a copy, but I notice the disclaimer on most sites states that it must be purchased with a "non-peripheral hardware component" (taken from eBuyer).

    Two questions:-

    1. Is the OEM version the same as the retail version?

    2. How strict are places like eBuyer on enforcing the clause, and what in their eyes constitutes "non-peripheral hardware"? RAM/Network card, or something more substantial like motherboard/processor?

    K.
     
  2. SeaneyC

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    AFAIK:

    1: The OEM version is exactly the same as the retail version, but the license may only be used on one machine that the "non-peripheral hardware" component is used in, and not transferred to a different machine at a later date.

    2: An IDE cable is "non peripheral hardware" whenever i've bought OEM software. :)
     
  3. LV426

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    ....and, aside from any motives Micro$oft may have for maximising their profit, the theory is that first-line support for

    a) an OEM version should be provided by the equipment (hardware) supplier. Micro$oft don't offer this "service".
    b) a retail version will be provided by Micro$oft.
     
  4. KraGorn

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    Of course, 'first-line' support is a myth with M$ anyway, so you don't lose anything in reality. ;)

    On a serious note, the only 'service' Joe Public gets from M$ is Windows Update and that, being 'second-line' support works fine with OEM 'versions'. AFAIK the only identifying feature is that sometimes the product-id in the 'My Computer' Properties can say OEM, but even that's not consistent IMX.

    The whole area of OEM versions of Windows is just M$ marketing b*ll*cks, evidenced by SeaneyC's comment that a disk drive is considered non-peripheral. :rolleyes:
     
  5. kelvin

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply guys...

    My main concern was that I wasn't going to be eligible to purchase since I already have the majority of my hardware. Still, i'm sure I can find some space for a fan or two, maybe i'll even splash out and go for a spare of something since that seems like it will be enough ;)

    Cheers,

    K.
     
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    Eligibility to purchase is determined by the retailer. They have their own contract with Micro$oft or their middle-man, which will specify terms. How they then deal with it is entirely up to them. If they are willing to sell, then you can safely buy.
     
  7. GagHalfrunt

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    I've seen some places sell OEM software with a case screw :laugh:
     
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    Well I guess that does qualify as a non-peripheral device. :)
     
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    I bought a CPU and Mothermaord from KOMPLETT and forgot to order XP oem. I emailled them as as they had a record of me buying the items, they arrranged for the order of XP oem.

    If you have bought a major component, then contact the company you bought it from and ask, they should have a record and allow you to buy the OEM software.
     
  10. kelvin

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    Thanks for that - it's something I hadn't considered.

    I've purchased Motherboard, Processor, Hard Drive, and RAM from eBuyer within the last month or so - if I have any problems i'll ask if they can reconsider in light of my order history :)

    Regards,

    Kelvin.
     
  11. Nick Cartwright

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    No Problem.

    I think I need to work on my typing!!!
     

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