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What is the difference between Windows Full Version and Windows OEM Operating Systems?

All I have gathered is that OEM version does not come with a key. Are they both CD/DVD’s that you buy? I have a dead PC which had Windows XP Home edition, so would i be able to buy an OEM version of XP Home edition, and put that onto a newly built PC, then use the code from my old PC?

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3 Responses to “What is the difference between Windows Full Version and Windows OEM Operating Systems?”

  1. Hanyuu said:

    Retail editions can be moved from computer to computer (assuming you remove it, then move it), while OEM editions are only supposed to be installed on one computer.

  2. OSCAR said:

    OEM is a full version that comes pre-installed on a computer.

  3. comtech391 said:

    The only difference is how they are packaged. OEMs are normally used by system builders and they normally have a second CD or DVD in the package for allowing the Windows to be installed on multiple builds and it issues different Window Product Key Codes for each Build. This requires a Microsoft License and the Product Key Codes are generated by Microsoft.




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