Originally posted by ShoobieRat
One word: Support
As in, OEM gets you no support from the company.
OEM is WYSIWYG
Right, buying Retail Box, will enable you to contact Bill Gates directly, he will answer your queries, and if your PC breaks down, he will come and repair for you as well.
1) you'll be given a manual for windows XP, which will remain as good as new until your grand son will open it for you.
2) you'll be provided with a shrink wrapped box so that you can put it aside of your PC, telling other people that you have actually invested almost double buying the Retail Box Windows XP.
See after so many advantages, why are you thinking buying OEM, just beacuse Retail comes in Holographic CD Form?
C'Mon man, there isnt any diference in Retail/OEM, just of the packing.
I bought 4 X retail packages of Windows XP, (may be a possibility that support is more) as when I (once for trial) sent a query for a thing that I already knew, and then didnt checked my registered mail for few days, thinking that they might not reply soon, and when I opened my inbox oneday, there were 20+ mails from microsoft, waiting for my responce
I was somewhat impressed, they do care (BUT I HATE MONOLPOLY)