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This is a bargain price for windows vista ultimate

I spoke to a reltive in the computer business, and he recommends this edition

DON'T be put off by the fact it is an OEM
All this means in short, is that if you change the spec on your computer, you'll need to reinstall.

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#1
OEM means original equipment manufacturer, it is identical to the original product, except it doesn't come with a nice flashy box. Technically it should not be sold without some hardware but you should not need to reinstall for every hardware change, unless it is a motherboard change that requires different drivers to run.

HTH, Good price though, voted hot
#2
£120.21 ebuyer:?
#3
Also, I'm almost certain that Vista locks to the hardware signatures/keys of the computer. So any big changes in hardware you need to call up Microsoft, explain what you've done, and then they'll give you a manual unlock/activation code.

Like what happened with XP when you activated it a lot of times.

Seen cheaper elsewhere, like eBuyer which has been highlighted on here. Voted cold.
#4
Yeah, OEM (where M$ is concerned) is something I tend to avoid...
#5
All this means in short, is that if you change the spec on your computer, you'll need to reinstall.


Im sorry, but that is simply untrue.

OEM software is not supported by Microsoft at all. OEM stands for Original Equiment Manufacturer and as such, software sold under the OEM license should only be sold on by computer manufacturers (Dell, Packard Bell etc). However stores are selling OEM software and getting away with it. If you call up Microsoft with a problem and you have an OEM version of the operating system, they will refuse to help you. It also causes problems down the line with using fully licensed operating system upgrades.

Also to clarify for those interested....

An OEM license is only valid on the computer it is installed on. Therefore under the license of the software you cannot sell an OEM license on to someone else, likewise you cannot install it on another computer other than the computer it was originally intended for.

Due to Microsofts WGA checking (since Windows XP), you can change hardware in the machine and get the operating system re-activated, however if you change the Motherboard the activation of said software "should" fail.

Microsoft see the motherboard as the "computer" and the operating system ties itself to this. You change it, your OEM license, according to the license agreement you agree to when installing, is made invalid.

Of course, this does not always happen in a real life situation, but I thought I would mention it in case a potential buyer found themselves in this position with Microsoft unwilling to activate their OEM operating system.

At least you know before you purchase.

Cheers
Simon
#6
Yep Simon has corrected most of the errors in this thread.

I should point out Microsoft allow you to replace the motherboard if it fails (i.e. not an intentional upgrade) with either an identical one of as near as possible replacement.

Also OEM software can be bought by anyone because people can build their own machines, when these companies sell it to you it should only be if you buy some "major" hardware component, what this can be specifically is set out by Microsoft.
#7
jmdrizen
Also, I'm almost certain that Vista locks to the hardware signatures/keys of the computer. So any big changes in hardware you need to call up Microsoft, explain what you've done, and then they'll give you a manual unlock/activation code.


This is explained more here.

Also its a very good point jmdrizen. I am sticking with xp for now :thumbsup:
#8
Simon_G
Im sorry, but that is simply untrue.

OEM software is not supported by Microsoft at all. OEM stands for Original Equiment Manufacturer and as such, software sold under the OEM license should only be sold on by computer manufacturers (Dell, Packard Bell etc). However stores are selling OEM software and getting away with it. If you call up Microsoft with a problem and you have an OEM version of the operating system, they will refuse to help you. It also causes problems down the line with using fully licensed operating system upgrades.



This also made me think about hard drives which I have seen advertised as 'OEM' with up to 5 years warranty. I know that in the past I had contacted a hard drive manufacturer following the death of my hard drive within 12 months of purchase and the manufacturer told me it was OEM and I should approach the builder of my PC for warranty - a bit difficult when I had built it myself. Be careful

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