Re: O.E.M. VS RETAIL?
THANKS YOU VERY MUCH TF !!!!!!! FINALLY SOMEONE WITH THE HARD CORE GUTS
ANWER! ty very much i will do this and get O.E.M.
<TF@koreaturkeyfarm.kr> wrote in message
> On Wed, 7 Feb 2007 16:20:00 -0600, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>>OEM versions of Windows Vista:
>>-- cannot upgrade over an existing Windows installation.
>>-- must be installed "clean" on a freshly reformatted drive or partition.
>>-- cannot be transferred to a different computer in the future.
>>-- the license cannot be sold or transferred to another user.
>>-- are not eligible -for free Microsoft technical support.
>>-- any problems whatsoever with the installation CD or Product Key.
>> is not eligible for Microsoft support....you have to deal with the
>>-- cost less than "retail versions" due to the above limitations/risks.
> The bottom line is support.
> I've been using OEM versions of Windows since Windows95 and have never
> had any problems when upgrading my machine.
> I know Microsoft gathers hardware data from your system when you
> activate the product and if there are too many changes to your
> hardware when and if you reinstall, you will be required to make the
> India call. All they really want to know is if you are using the
> product on more than one machine. THAT'S ALL. You can tell them you
> upgraded your machine and it's acceptable.
> Your statement above stipulates that a user that has an OEM copy
> installed cannot upgrade their machine at all and that they cannot
> uninstall or reinstall the product. Not so. I speak from experience.
> Support is the ONLY issue, and since Microsoft charges for support
> after so many calls, an investment in a good Vista book would be a lot
> Installing on a clean machine (no upgrades) is a GOOD thing and the
> best way to install any version of Windows. It takes me a good day to
> backup my machine if I was going to do an upgrade. And when I want to
> do a restore, Windows just pukes and trashes my restore since I'm also
> restoring my old settings and paths.
> Therefore, OEM is good and cheap. ONLY difference is lack of
> unnecessary packaging and support from Microsoft.
> I don't understand now why they went to those damn large plastic
> containers now. I just throw them out and use regular CD jewel cases
> and make my own labels.
> So, anyone wanting to buy the OEM over retail are safe to do so and
> they can take what they saved and buy a good Vista book at Borders.