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Windows 7 what is the difference

Mmachine78 Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Hi,
I am trying to get a copy of windows 7 with a CD to do a full install. Can anyone tell me the difference from a full version and this "Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (DVD)
by Microsoft OEM Licence"
I am going to be installing this on a mac and wondered if i need the full retail version or the above will do and what the difference is? ( i am after the 64 bit version)
Thanks for any help or advice.
Cheers
Mmachine78
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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There are two main Windows versions ordinairy members of the public can buy (as opposed to large companies)

There is the RETAIL version and the OEM version.

The Retail version is the boxed version sold in PC World etc and it has full support from Microsoft. You can also buy an upgrade version of Retail. I believe the Retail box includes the 32 bit AND 64 bit versions (but only 1 can be installed).

The OEM version is for system builders and is usualy sold via companies like ebuyer, Misco etc. (however it does not have to be put on a new PC). This has NO support from Microsft included as Windows is supposed to be supported by the person who built the PC.

I believe when you buy the OEM version you have to buy the 32 bit OR THE 64 bit version. It is the 64 bit OEM version you have listed above.

The actual DVDs sold via Retail and OEM are (I believe) exactly the same, code wise.

I have built a few PCs and always bought the OEM version (which is cheaper than the Retail version).

I found this on the web

DSP means “Delivery Service Partner.” It is a version of OEM software used by smaller computer manufacturers and system builders.

OEI = Original Equipment Installation
#2
One extra thing.....

Legally, the OEM version should only EVER be installed on one PC. If that PC dies then the OEM version of Windows dies and cannot be installed on another PC.

The Retaill version CAN be moved to another PC as long as you remove it from the original PC. It can only ever be installed on one PC at a time.

(Although the OEM version should die when the PC dies I have heard of people who have rebuilt their PC and just rung Microsoft up and told them they had to replace the motherboard or whatever and got them to OK it. However I have never tried this).
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Hi guilbert53,
Thanks that clears it up for me........so do you think it is worth buying the full retail version with the support or do i just go for the cheaper OEM version as i will be installing it myself from scratch, what does the support from microsoft actually give you?
Thanks again
Mmachine78
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Mmachine78
Hi guilbert53,
Thanks that clears it up for me........so do you think it is worth buying the full retail version with the support or do i just go for the cheaper OEM version as i will be installing it myself from scratch, what does the support from microsoft actually give you?


I THINK (never used it) Microsoft support gives you support if you call their "help line".

However if you know your way round the interent (as many of us do) there is rarely a Windows question that you cannot find the answer to by doing a few searches.

I would go for the OEM version.

However it may be worth asking on a Mac forum somewhere just to check there are no issues with installing the OEM version on a Mac (I have never used a Mac so have no idea).
#5
Also an OEM disk contains either 32bit or 64bir, while the retail contains both.
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guilbert53
I THINK (never used it) Microsoft support gives you support if you call their "help line".

However if you know your way round the interent (as many of us do) there is rarely a Windows question that you cannot find the answer to by doing a few searches.

I would go for the OEM version.

However it may be worth asking on a Mac forum somewhere just to check there are no issues with installing the OEM version on a Mac (I have never used a Mac so have no idea).


Good idea, I will find one to post on, never needed microsoft supprot before and the install looks quite simple, so if no issues with oem version will go for that!
Thanks again (rep given)
Mmachine78
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guilbert53


The actual DVDs sold via Retail and OEM are (I believe) exactly the same, code wise.


Not quite. It was certainly not the case with XP. The OEM disks have some slightly different code added in (or removed) which identifies it to the computer as an OEM disk. I mislaid my OEM XP disk for my netbook and grabbed a retail copy I had for a reinstall. Unlike the OEM disk, the retail disk prompted me for a serial and would not accept the licence code from the sticker. It wanted a retail code. The OEM disk would have grabbed this without asking from the bios where the licence is hard coded.
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spraint
Not quite. It was certainly not the case with XP. The OEM disks have some slightly different code added in (or removed) which identifies it to the computer as an OEM disk. I mislaid my OEM XP disk for my netbook and grabbed a retail copy I had for a reinstall. Unlike the OEM disk, the retail disk prompted me for a serial and would not accept the licence code from the sticker. It wanted a retail code. The OEM disk would have grabbed this without asking from the bios where the licence is hard coded.


Xp was different to Vista and Windows 7 as it had to be small enough to fit on a CD,Since Vista discs have contained full installations of windows and when you input the COA it installs the correct version of windows,There are 2 sdiscs available 64bit or 32 bit,

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