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Old 12-25-2006, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking of buying an OEM version of XP, and I want to know what is the downside to buying an OEM, besides the no fancy box, and no manual. I heard that you have to call in order to activate it. Now do you have to call every time you reformat for example to reinstall windows? I also heard that you can only use it once? If that is true forget that. I reformat 1-3 times a year.
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No box, no manual, I don't think you have to call, I didn't have to for my OEM WinXP MCE. You can use it as many times as you want, just after like 5 or so activations you have to call MS and tell them you are reinstalling again and they'll set it to 5 more activations. It costs $0 to do that, and only takes like 10 minutes.
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Oh ok, thanks for clearing that up.
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No downside to OEM. It's almost always cheaper to buy stuff this way. Whether it's software or hardware it's pretty much the same deal. No box/manual but less money. OEM XP is good stuff; they pretty much just roll over for ya like The General said from what I've heard.
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Ya my copy of windows is oem, and it installs just like th retail copy.
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