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Windows Vista @ Scan! £55.21

airey Avatar
9y, 10m agoFound 9 years, 10 months ago
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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD)+ FREE Scan 4 Port Hi-Speed USB2 Hub built into Gaming Mouse Pad - Dual Function - Less Space! £55.21

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD)+ FREE Scan 4 Port Hi-Speed USB2 Hub built into Gaming Mouse Pad - Dual Function - Less Space! £70.21

Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD)+ FREE Scan 4 Port Hi-Speed USB2 Hub built into Gaming Mouse Pad - Dual Function - Less Space! £88.71

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32Bit 1Pk OEM (DVD)+ FREE Scan 4 Port Hi-Speed USB2 Hub built into Gaming Mouse Pad - Dual Function - Less Space! £119.56

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#1
dont buy OEM vista unless you'll never want to upgrade your present comp or install it on a new one as you'll not be able too.

otherwise great price.
#2
tekhieboy
dont buy OEM vista unless you'll never want to upgrade your present comp or install it on a new one as you'll not be able too.

otherwise great price.

OEM is exactly the same as retail, only you don't get the packaging. The licence rights are exactly the same.
#3
OEM Software

Like hardware, software can also be purchased as OEM. OEM software is identical to the full retail versions of the software but it lacks any packaging. Typically this will be seen with software items such as operating systems and office suites. Unlike OEM hardware, there are more restrictions on what will allow the software to be sold by a retailer to a consumer.

When you can buy OEM software?

OEM software is designed for system builders. It typically can only be purchased with a complete computer system or there must be some additional purchase of hardware to go along with the OEM software.

Are OEM Products OK?

There should be no physical difference in a component if it is sold as OEM or in retail. The difference is the extras that are provided with the retail version. If the support is important to you then you need to purchase the full retail version.
#4
This is well documented. OEM allows minimal upgrades. If you upgrade for example your motherboard. OEM will not allow this level of upgrade. Retail version will. Hence so much cheaper. Microsoft tightened the licence with Vista.
#5
Iiyama
This is well documented. OEM allows minimal upgrades. If you upgrade for example your motherboard. OEM will not allow this level of upgrade. Retail version will. Hence so much cheaper. Microsoft tightened the licence with Vista.

The installation more or less takes a snapshot of your system hardware and if any large items (eg CPU/Motherboard) are changed, that installation will no longer work.

If you call microsoft and tell them you have replaced the hardware as it was faulty, and can confirm your product key, they will re-activate your copy of windows and you can re-install it.

This is the same for both retail and oem versions.
1 Like #6
[SIZE=2]it works on a points system, you add up too many points and it requires re-installtion and re-activation, thats all.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Dont know why such a fuss is being made of Vista OEM over XP OEM, the same rules applied back then.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]its a great price too!! our trade suppliers charge 55.44 for it. [oops sorry thats for premium, i thought thats what the price was for][/SIZE]
#7
Chris206
[SIZE=2]it works on a points system, you add up too many points and it requires re-installtion and re-activation, thats all.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Dont know why such a fuss is being made of Vista OEM over XP OEM, the same rules applied back then.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]its a great price too!! our trade suppliers charge 55.44 for it. [oops sorry thats for premium, i thought thats what the price was for][/SIZE]

Exactly right.

I think the only difference is that you now dont have to buy hardware with it.
#8
This will tell you all you need to know... MS have had a change of heart (caused by public protest) over the installation rules. Yay!
#9
Get THIS instead

Windows XP MCE with free Vista Upgrade coupon - £71.63

2 OS's for the price of one.
#10
Did I not read somewhere that all systems sold with XP in a particular period before the launch of Vista, are entitled to some form of free upgrade, courtesy of MS and quite independent of the hardware manufaturer ??

The Scan USB hubs are obviously only being supplied to satisy the requirement (mentioned above) that the OEM OS is sold with hardware. This is an old trick.
#11
Omzy
Get THIS instead

Windows XP MCE with free Vista Upgrade coupon - £71.63

2 OS's for the price of one.



Once you've upgraded the xp media centre to Vista will this not invalidate the xp serial if you was to re-install it on another system?
#12
harlzter
Once you've upgraded the xp media centre to Vista will this not invalidate the xp serial if you was to re-install it on another system?


I'm hoping not, I've just gone and bought it:? I was hoping to put MCE on my media center PC and then use the voucher to put Vista on my PC. Not the end of the world If I can't. I'm not a big fan of paying for OS's but I think they're going to nail Vista down quite aggressively, so it'll be nice to be legit:thumbsup:
#13
It wont invalidate the XP serial. The MCE OEM will be tied down to the system you initially register it on and you wont be able 2 install it on another system even after upgrading.
#14
Omzy
It wont invalidate the XP serial. The MCE OEM will be tied down to the system you initially register it on and you wont be able 2 install it on another system even after upgrading.


So Omzy, does that mean I'll still be able to put Vista on the other PC with the voucher?
#15
sniffmyface
OEM is exactly the same as retail, only you don't get the packaging. The licence rights are exactly the same.


no, the oem license is totally different (and very restrictive)
#16
Iiyama
This is well documented. OEM allows minimal upgrades. If you upgrade for example your motherboard. OEM will not allow this level of upgrade. Retail version will. Hence so much cheaper. Microsoft tightened the licence with Vista.


Their license is no way as perscriptive as that......

The license is good for the 'computer', that computer may require a replacement motherboard is of no concern of MS.

MS are by stealth trying to get people used to the idea of subscription, rather then outright usage....
#17
Bargain Hunter
So Omzy, does that mean I'll still be able to put Vista on the other PC with the voucher?


Possibly, yes. But I'm not 100% on that but to be honest I don't see why not bcoz from what I can gather, you will receive a Vista RETAIL UPGRADE DVD and not an OEM UPGRADE DVD.
#18
Omzy
Possibly, yes. But I'm not 100% on that but to be honest I don't see why not bcoz from what I can gather, you will receive a Vista RETAIL UPGRADE DVD and not an OEM UPGRADE DVD.


Thanks for the info Omzy. I'll report back in a couple of days, hopefully with a working DVD-HD, HDMI media center PC:w00t: :w00t: Except still need PowerDVD to run the DVDHD content, don't think MCE has caught up yet? BTW, Tesco DVD rental are doing DVD-HD now FYI.....
#19
i doubt you'll recieve an Retail upgrade dvd. I expect you will recieve a oem dvd. tho a retail upgrade would be nice.

Remember there is still a £16 charge involved in the free upgrade. and quite a wait. Also this moduslink company doing the free vista, is pretty rubbish.

Has anyone managed to claim a free vista upgrade when buying just an oem copy? u get a form with it, but on the moduslink site it doesnt let you select other manfacuter etc.
#20
Lot of negative threads in many websites about Vista, this is just one. I'll be staying with XP for years yet, nice and stable, fully supported and does what I want it to.
#21
mikewot
Lot of negative threads in many websites about Vista, this is just one. I'll be staying with XP for years yet, nice and stable, fully supported and does what I want it to.


if you dont need dx10 then go for it.....
#22
u always get threads about people hating it. Got the same amount of people hating XP. Mostly its people who dont know what they are doing, dont know what they are talking about, or just hate MS>
#23
Can XP pro be simply upgraded to Vista as I have a legit XP serial?
#24
Chris206
u always get threads about people hating it. Got the same amount of people hating XP. Mostly its people who dont know what they are doing, dont know what they are talking about, or just hate MS>


Vista can downgrade your video quality.

I would also check that your hardware is compatible with vista before upgrading. My scanner and wireless network card both had issues when I used them with vista.
#25
Chris206
u always get threads about people hating it. Got the same amount of people hating XP. Mostly its people who dont know what they are doing, dont know what they are talking about, or just hate MS>

Yes mostly they were but I'm looking a sites where people actually seem to have some knowledge :-D

http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyimages/915.gif
#26
To clear it up, the OEM software is tied to whatever hardware you stick the licence sticker on. So I stick it to the case. You can upgrade what the hell you want so long as you don't hcange that one piece.

As for the MCE--> Vista upgrade, whether it will work I don't know but legally you invalidate the MCE licence by installing vista.
#27
Chris206
u always get threads about people hating it. Got the same amount of people hating XP. Mostly its people who dont know what they are doing, dont know what they are talking about, or just hate MS>

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#28
Its not that simple dudley.

lol, people will never be happy with vista, no matter how many service packs they release. but when you try to work with windows 98 now, you realise they have come a long way. :)

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