Whats the Differance?

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Glider

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the main difference between OEM and Retail is that OEM has no packaging or instructions (other than a quick start), there is no product support and you cannot transfer the operating system to another pc eg. you buy a new computer without windows you cannot install a previously installed OEM version on it (well your not supposed to)

I think it has to do with computer builders for easy, quick, efficient installation. So I would always buy the Original.

Retail version has product support, packaging and you can transfer it to
another computer.
 

EricB

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Glider said:
you cannot transfer the operating system to another pc eg. you buy a new computer without windows you cannot install a previously installed OEM version on it


Retail version has product support, packaging and you can transfer it to
another computer.
???
I don't know about dell, but you can with a gateway OEM disk
 
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