What is the difference between the regular one and the OEM version? We bought the OEM version and have been running into problems installing it. The regular XP Media Center Edition was what we used to have until the partition was overwritten and we couldn't recover it. So what's the difference between them?
Legally an OEM product is supposed to be sold with hardware IIRC. The license is not transferable and any support must be come from the vendor. When it comes to OEM OS's there are not usually any difference in the software.
I'm pretty sure that the only difference in Windows OS OEM, is the packaging versus Retail. What kind of problems are you having when you try to install it?
OEM is also not completely supported by Microsoft. If you encounter any errors, they have every right to tell you to leave them alone and talk to Dell\Gateway etc... Whomever sold you the OEM with your hardware.
..... So if you bought the OEM version from Newegg, I'm pretty sure that Microsoft would still have to support it.
OEM can now mean a variety of different things, usually because of a screw up in people incorrectly using the word.
I don't think buying separate OEM software would even be legal. The definition of OEM is Original Equipment Manifacturer, which implies that it refers to the company which manufactured, but isn't distributing the product.
Who but microsoft would be selling a windows product that isn't part of any hardware?
I bought it on Tigerdirect. When I try to install it, I put in the second disk. That goes well for awhile. But then it says to put in "Windows XP service pack 2" disk. I don't have it. I don't think it came with it. It just came with an updates disk and the two installers. So can I just download and burn a service pack 2 disk and then insert that in during the installation?
You could try that. However, why in god's name are there so many discs?
This is during the installation? Or does it let you get into windows? When you buy OEM, that means you are going to have to find and install all of the drivers for your system. Good luck with that, when you get that far :)