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Current Ebay rate is £136, so I think this is the cheapest I found around!

only 25 left!

Naughty and Cheeky Ebuyer.com they changed the price. The new price is now $116.41. compared to £114.58 they had this morning although it is still the cheapest so far! I have changed the price accordingly.
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#1
23 Left!!!
#2
22 in stock!
#3
This article here might be useful for those who are wondering about the difference between OEM version and the retail version of Vista:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070130-8730.html

What is OEM?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and most often refers to the likes of Dell or Gateway. At least originally, "OEM versions" of products were usually the same products that you'd find at retail, but with no-frills packaging, reduced support, and sometimes lesser warranties.
#4
Interesting thing about the OEM license only being valid for the 1st PC you install it on:

OEM software is also tied to the motherboard it is first installed on. Unlike the retail versions of Windows which can be transferred to a new computer, OEM versions are not transferable. What about upgrading hardware? Microsoft says that anything is fair game, except the motherboard. Replacing the motherboard in a computer results in a "new personal computer," which the company considers to be synonymous with a transfer. It's not permitted with an OEM edition of Windows.

Nevertheless, I've known users who got around this limitation by calling Microsoft and reporting that their motherboards died when they wanted to build a new computer. It is Microsoft's policy to allow motherboard swaps in instances where a system is defective or has suffered a hardware failure. But you shouldn't bank on this approach; there's no guarantee it will work and, well, liars don't get ice cream. Also, while retail versions of Vista include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, OEM versions are specific. You get one or the other. This follows from the per device restriction. The end result is that OEM versions may not be that attractive to users who frequently build new computers from the ground up.
#5
[SIZE=2]One thing I dont quite understand is that:[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]How would the install of Vista using their DVD blocks any future installation or affecting it from installing it to different computers?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Surely your DVD +/- Drive will not be able to alter the "information" that is located in a DVD ROM (as ROM is Read only) ?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]The question is: Have I read it wrong somewhere or is it supposedly "illegal" to do so, but you can still do it?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]I got a few PCs at home here but I would like to use one copy of Vista and install it to all PCs that I got using the same key. What is the likely problem I have ?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Any help is great![/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Ray[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]PS 10 in stock now!!![/SIZE]
#6
#7
On Misco £102.31 ex VAT £120.21 inc VAT

Mine's cheaper :)
#8
oops...yeah sorry forgot about our nasty friend the VAT man...

I get VAT back so I forget...sorry..

I've bought one of ebuyer though anyway as I didn't have an account setup with Misco.

:)

And I'm not even gonna |Ebay it....lol
#9
Nice post, is oem software hard to install or does it pretty much auto run?
#10
I'll be avoiding this OS like the plague. It's slower than XP, only *looks* nicer and has probably got hundreds of security holes waiting to be exploited unlike XP's which have mostly been discovered now.
#11
eSimple
[SIZE=2]One thing I dont quite understand is that:[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]How would the install of Vista using their DVD blocks any future installation or affecting it from installing it to different computers?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Surely your DVD +/- Drive will not be able to alter the "information" that is located in a DVD ROM (as ROM is Read only) ?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]The question is: Have I read it wrong somewhere or is it supposedly "illegal" to do so, but you can still do it?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]I got a few PCs at home here but I would like to use one copy of Vista and install it to all PCs that I got using the same key. What is the likely problem I have ?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Any help is great![/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Ray[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]PS 10 in stock now!!![/SIZE]



You install it and then activate it over the internet. It then logs that you have activated that copy using the product key you get with it and then questions you when you try to activate it again on a different computer.

There is ways around it although I wouldn't recommend trying to find a crack or activation patch for it as most crack websites will just download a virus to your PC and then you'll be a right mess....or FUBAR as us IT geeks like to put it.

lol
#12
Turbotrance
Nice post, is oem software hard to install or does it pretty much auto run?


OEM just means you don't get all the fancy box of the retail version and OEM copies are normally the ones that are preinstalled or sent out with PC's.

An OEM licence that is stuck to the side of a new PC can only be used on that PC. If you change more than a set amopunt of hardware components or buy a new PC you cannot transfer or reuse the OEM licence. It is only valid for the PC it is shipped with.
#13
dark_ixion
I'll be avoiding this OS like the plague. It's slower than XP, only *looks* nicer and has probably got hundreds of security holes waiting to be exploited unlike XP's which have mostly been discovered now.


Most Microsoft Software has security holes and flaws. But I would agree with you that it is probably best to avoid making the leap to Vista at least until they have released the first Service Pack probably in 6 months time which will include updates and patches for security issues and bugs.

Also it will run on a P4 2.4 Ghz with 512Mb DDR RAM but it is slow if you use the Aero skin. If you remove the special (memory hungry) features it is not much more than XP and prob not worth the hassle of installing it or upgrading to it until you have a decent PC to run it on. Wouldn't recommend it on a Celeron or an AMD Sempron as these are budget lower end processors and may struggle with Vista.
#14
Jayanator
OEM just means you don't get all the fancy box of the retail version and OEM copies are normally the ones that are preinstalled or sent out with PC's.

An OEM licence that is stuck to the side of a new PC can only be used on that PC. If you change more than a set amopunt of hardware components or buy a new PC you cannot transfer or reuse the OEM licence. It is only valid for the PC it is shipped with.


Thanks man ;)
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#16
Jayanator
You install it and then activate it over the internet. It then logs that you have activated that copy using the product key you get with it and then questions you when you try to activate it again on a different computer.

There is ways around it although I wouldn't recommend trying to find a crack or activation patch for it as most crack websites will just download a virus to your PC and then you'll be a right mess....or FUBAR as us IT geeks like to put it.

lol


Thanks for identifying it. So seemingly a crack could be the way ... but then I could just download the whole of Vista off the net ? lol
#17
eSimple
[SIZE=2]One thing I dont quite understand is that:[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]How would the install of Vista using their DVD blocks any future installation or affecting it from installing it to different computers?[/SIZE]
It wouldn't stop you installing Vista, but it might prevent you activating Vista over the net on any other PCs, other than the one first activated using that key. You are given 30-days grace period to activate Vista (can be reset up to 3 times so 90 days in all), before Vista goes into a Reduced Functionality Mode. Basically crippling Vista until you activate.


[SIZE=2]The question is: Have I read it wrong somewhere or is it supposedly "illegal" to do so, but you can still do it?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]I got a few PCs at home here but I would like to use one copy of Vista and install it to all PCs that I got using the same key. What is the likely problem I have ?[/SIZE]

1 license key = 1 PC, so to be legal you'd need to buy a copy for each PC. To be able to legally (ie without a crack) use a single key on multiple PCs, you'd need to buy a Volume Licensing key from Microsoft normally used by big businesses. However, think only Vista Business has a volume licensing key option. As said above, the problem will be you'll only be able to activate Vista on the first PC, the others after 30-90 days will stop working properly until you buy more license keys so you can activate Vista on them.

If you buy the Vista Retail version, supposedly Microsoft US have a 10% discount scheme if you want to buy extra license keys, not sure if the UK do it too. Also for a limited time in the US if you buy the Ultimate Retail they are offering 2 extra licence keys for $50 each. Again, no idea if the UK have that offer.
#18
I have done quite a bit of research into this and have just purchased a Home Premium version from ebuyer.

Does anyone know what would happen if either:
1) You installed OEM on a PC, activated then created a disk image (Norton Ghost or the like) to install on another PC?
2) You simply removed the HDD and plugged this into another PC.

For it not to work Vista must surely verify a motherboard serial number more than just on installation?

Anyone got any experience of this with Vista or with XP?
#19
I assume it'll be like XP activation, see this thread:

http://www.overclock.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3207

In that when activated it'll record the certain details of the PC. Then each bootup compare that to the current hardware. A disk image and moving HDD will be too much of a hardware change for Windows to ignore and will require re-activation. However, supposedly while online re-activation will be fine on Retail versions (assuming you don't re-activate several times in a short period of time), the OEM version will not re-activate over the net on another PC/motherboard and force you to phone up Microsoft and try and convince them your PC was faulty so had to get a new one.
#20
dark_ixion
I'll be avoiding this OS like the plague. It's slower than XP, only *looks* nicer and has probably got hundreds of security holes waiting to be exploited unlike XP's which have mostly been discovered now.


I run both Vista Premium and XP Pro. Vista is faster than XP, a lot more so with my Dual Core CPU as it takes advantage of the two cores a lot more than what XP does! Vista is also a lot nicer to use - and as of yet is running just fine!

Vista also uses Readyboost. This allows you to use a Flash Drive / Memory Card to speed up the system.

"Windows ReadyBoost introduces a new concept in add-on system memory. You can use nonvolatile flash memory devices, such as universal serial bus (USB) flash drives, to improve performance without having to add memory "under the hood." The flash memory device serves as an additional memory cache—that is, memory that the computer can access much more quickly than it can access data on the hard disk drive."

Vista will also use ReadyDrive once Hybrid disk drives are introduced from the likes of Samsung etc which will also speed up the OS massively (we hope!).

Vista is certainly not slow - it just needs a decent system to run on.
#21
Only 1 left - be quick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:giggle:
#22
They rised the price!

How cheeky!!! £116.41 now
#23
andyc1976
I have done quite a bit of research into this and have just purchased a Home Premium version from ebuyer.

Does anyone know what would happen if either:
1) You installed OEM on a PC, activated then created a disk image (Norton Ghost or the like) to install on another PC?
2) You simply removed the HDD and plugged this into another PC.

For it not to work Vista must surely verify a motherboard serial number more than just on installation?

Anyone got any experience of this with Vista or with XP?

From my experience with installing XP, you cannot take a hard drive with xp installed, and fit it to another computer. You have to re-install windows on the hard disk because of the change in the motherboard. Windows will not load until this is done. I think, but can be corrected, thart windows examines your hardware before installation, then installs with the correct drivers for the hardware. Hence, unless you are using the exactly the same motherboards, using a hard disk from one pc on another wont work. just my experience, i may be wrong though.

deeyup
#24
Im getting 6watt total on idle from graphic card ati x800xl with Areo feature on. Dreamscene is a really great addon, beta version of it taking 20% on cpu, hopefully final version will improve.
#25
I got a few PCs at home here but I would like to use one copy of Vista and install it to all PCs that I got using the same key. What is the likely problem I have ?
That's stealing.

if you have to use a paid foo operating system at least pay for it :)

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