Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Difference Between OEM And Retail Version Of Windows 7 | Know About The OEM Versions Of Windows 7

One of the biggest secrets in the software world is that Microsoft’s operating systems are available from online retailers in so-called OEM (“original equipment manufacturer”) versions (which come in just the Full SKU) that are aimed at the PC builder market. These are the small “mom and pop”-type PC makers who build hand-crafted machines for local markets. OEM packaging is bare-bones and does not come with a retail box. Instead, you get the disc, a Product Key, and a slip of paper describing the product.

OEM versions of Windows 7 differ from retail versions in some important ways:
They are dramatically cheaper than retail versions:
As described in the end of this article, the OEM versions of Windows 7 are dramatically cheaper than comparable retail versions. Note, however, that OEM pricing fluctuates somewhat, so the prices you see online could be a bit different. Shop around for the best prices.

They do not come with any support from Microsoft:
Because PC makers support the products they sell directly, Microsoft doesn’t offer any support for OEM versions of Windows 7. This explains the cost differential, by the way.

You are not really supposed to buy them unless you’re building PCs that you will sell to others:
Technically speaking, OEM versions of Windows 7 are available only to those who intend to build PCs to sell to others. Furthermore, online retailers who sell OEM versions of Windows 7 are supposed to verify that you’re a PC builder and/or sell the products with some kind of hardware. For this reason, you’ll sometimes be asked to purchase a hardware tchotsky like a USB cable when you purchase OEM software.

There’s no box.
This shouldn’t matter too much, but you don’t get the cool Windows 7 retail packaging when you buy OEM. Instead, you pretty much get an install disc shrink-wrapped to a piece of cardboard and a product key.

U.S. List Prices for Windows 7 OEM Product Editions
Windows 7 Starter OEM $39.99
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $73.99
Windows 7 Professional OEM $139.99
Windows 7 Ultimate OEM $199.99
Depending on which version you’re looking at, the savings are usually substantial. All of the OEM products (which are “Full” versions) are less expensive than the Upgrade retail versions of Windows 7. That said, OEM products cannot be used to upgrade an existing PC: they’re for new installs only.
As with the retail versions, you also have to choose between both 32-bit and 64-bit OEM versions of Windows 7 online. However, you can’t purchase Upgrade OEM software because OEM versions are only aimed at new PC installs.
OEM versions of Windows 7 are sometimes sold in multi-OS packs. So, for example, you can purchase a three-pack of Windows 7 Ultimate if you’d like. You know, because you’re a PC maker.


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November 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM delete

Nice Information!