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Windows Vista Home Premium £67.53
Windows Vista Home Premium £67.53

Windows Vista Home Premium £67.53

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This is the full version of windows vista home premium with all the bells and whistles, the only difference is that this is an OEM(original equipment manufacturer) version of it. To the end user there is no difference from this than to the full £200+ version of it. OEM is a term used by system builders such as DELL and pc-world, when these companys build "cheap" systems they have these OEM versions of windows(including windowsXP) installed on them, what this actually means is that once you install an OEM version of windows on your system you cannot upgrade any major part of your system ie motherboard, memory or harddisk(graphics cards are fine) if you do attempt to upgrade any of these it will lock up windows and you will have to reinstall it from scratch. have you ever wondered why DELL can sell a laptop with vista installed for £300? well now you know. So if your confident you wont be changing your motherboard or adding extra RAM in the near future then grab a copy of this, and even if you do all that is required is a reinstall of windows and windows vista is the easiest windows to install yet! This is not a short term offer and is completely legal, OEM versions of products such as windows have been around for years its just that the average joe isnt aware that they exist...

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You can add extra ram, that has no influence.

Be warned though. Windows Vista OEM is not supported by Microsoft themselves so any issues you will have to go back to the supplier. Also when reinstalling it wil recognose the hardware changes and may not reactivate.This means ringing up microsoft to get them to reactivate it. They may not do so with vista. Apart from that geat value but it is better to get the retail if you are unfamiliar with software and require assistance

Welcome to HUKD roughruffian
Thanks for the post

Original Poster

your right about that should have mentioned it, hardware changes would obviously generate a new hardware key, from what ive heard though microsoft will reset your product key so many times before they refuse(you just tell them youve got a new pc). As for the memory i'm not sure about that, I never actually changed my RAM in 4 years, but the way I see it if you have a sytem that you know your gonna keep for years without changing anything but the graphics card(or memory I think...) then youve got nothing to lose in buying this if your really deperate for the vista experience...

Original Poster

just checked you can install it on upto 5 different sytem configurations before you have to call microsoft, meaning you can upgrade your motherboard or hardisk 5 times and reinstall or you can go through 5 different pc's over the years before calling them, you can install it on the same pc as may times as you want though.

I just got this as oem and it says on the tin, that if you register with ms, then you get free tech suport.

also got it for £65 at ebuyer last week

Oh, don't forget quidco

Original Poster

cheers for that dabs.com is where I buy most of my stuff from, but thats around £10 cheaper Ive updated the deal so it links to the ebuyer page and price

I bought this earlier on today. £76.69 including next day delivery.

Don't forget you only need to buy an upgrade as Vista will clean install over itself ................... every little helps :thumbsup:

Be carful, on my version if you purchased the OEM full version of vista, the upgrade option was disabled. I hope its not the same the other way around. Good luck though!.

Its only 32 bit not the 64 bit operating system.

roughruffian

just checked you can install it on upto 5 different sytem configurations … just checked you can install it on upto 5 different sytem configurations before you have to call microsoft, meaning you can upgrade your motherboard or hardisk 5 times and reinstall or you can go through 5 different pc's over the years before calling them, you can install it on the same pc as may times as you want though.

I think this means that you can change 5 hardware items overall, not 5 different upgrades (with each upgrade containing multiple hardware changes).

Original Poster

U can have 5 completly different sytem configurations ie. 5 different PC's before the wondows will completly lock itself all together, if you change hardware items 1 at a time this will still count as one "different hardware configuration" each time you do it.

I've heard conflicting things about this, does anyone have a link to microsoft's official policy? Would be handy for everyone contemplaying buying OEM vs retail
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