Vista: Retail or OEM? 6 replies

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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

Ok, I had been set on OEM for the longest time now but in looking up some info I came across some disheartening information. They claim if you use an OEM copy of Vista, you can only install it on one computer with the original setup it has. That means if you pop in a new mobo or something else to change the setup, you have to format the hard drive and reinstall Vista. I have heard the Retail version does not suffer from this problem. I have been looking to buy Home Premium OEM for $109 and the Home Premium retail upgrade is only $129. I don't mind that difference for the benefit you gain as far as upgrades go. I can just format my 10k RPM hard drive and put XP on then pop Vista in - not a big deal to me. Has anyone with Vista upgraded internal components as far as to say if this is true or not? Also, does the retail version of Home Premium include both the 32 and 64 bit versions or do you have to go and order the 64 bit disc after you've bought it (I know where to do it if you do, I just heard that Home Premium and Ultimate include both discs in the box).




Bs|Archaon

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#2 10 years ago

Not quite, OEM copies of Vista are tied to the motherboard they're first installed on. You can't install it on a second motherboard without going through MS first and convincing them that your first motherboard broke. That said it is fairly tolerant, I think you can change just about anything aside from the motherboard with no hassle. I've changed drives (hard and optical), RAM and graphics card with no problems. In other words, if you change the motherboard having to reinstall Windows (which is normally a good idea with a mobo change anyway) is the least of your problems.

I don't know about Vista upgrades, but with the XP Upgrade I had ages ago you didn't actually need an older version installed. If setup couldn't detect an installation it would ask for you to insert the older setup disc and it would confirm your right to use the Upgrade version from that. If it still does that then it's certainly easier than spending an hour installing XP for no reason.

No idea about the 64-bit discs, I use OEMs and with those you just buy the version you want to start with.




Shintsu

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#3 10 years ago

Well, I just got to looking and $137 after tax is not bad at all for a full retail copy of Vista Home Premium. I'm just thinking that any issues can be totally averted by using that. Admittedly you're right, I don't change mobos that often if ever. I specifically did enough research so I hope I won't need to but I won't rule it out when DDR3 is more prevalent or some new technology comes out. So how are you supposedly supposed to convince MS of the mobo breaking? Just make up some BS story about something like a lightning storm that fried it or something else?




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#4 10 years ago
Shintsu;4632265Well, I just got to looking and $137 after tax is not bad at all for a full retail copy of Vista Home Premium. I'm just thinking that any issues can be totally averted by using that. Admittedly you're right, I don't change mobos that often if ever. I specifically did enough research so I hope I won't need to but I won't rule it out when DDR3 is more prevalent or some new technology comes out. So how are you supposedly supposed to convince MS of the mobo breaking? Just make up some BS story about something like a lightning storm that fried it or something else?

Yep. Or just say it died.




Mr. Pedantic

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#5 10 years ago

You could say you had a power cut, and the power surge fried your comp.




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#6 10 years ago

I would / i been buying OEM Products for years. and i love them.

bad thing is once windows 7 comes out ull need to buy a new OEM copy as you cant upgrade OEM.




Shintsu

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#7 10 years ago

Ehh, I think I'll pay $20 more and get retail. Thanks for the clarification guys.