OEM? What does it mean?
I see it next to the name of a lot of products, but i don't know what it means! Wanna help me:naughty:
Original Equipment Manufacturer.
Companies like Dell or Compaq are OEM's - they take out contracts with software and hardware companies that allow them to distribute branded products along with their computers, usually at a cheaper than retail price - for example "OEM Windows XP" or "OEM Maxtor Hard Drive".
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At the expense of my 1,337'th post. :(
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It can also mean Original End Manufacturor, which is the same thing; only emphasising more the fact that the last person to handle the equipment was the people that made it (no shops envolved). It's generally cheaper and without the frilly boxes and instruction manuals.
Buying Windows XP OEM can save you around £200, which is pretty good I think you'll agree.
17th June 2002
Bear in mind that some OEM products can come without the extras that their retail products might advertise, and often without any form of instruction manuals or non-essential parts. For example, an OEM processor may not come with its own heatsink/fan; an OEM graphics card may not come with all the software or any free games that were advertised in the retail pack; an OEM hard disk may not come with any cables. Stuff like that. Generally the saving you make on buying OEM products is enough to negate any small things like these though. I am, however, unsure of the warranty situation regarding OEM products and end users.