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Errol.......buying xp home edition.OEM

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skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Jun 2008 11:07

What is the OEM? is it the same as putting a new application on a empty machine?

Thanks
Gill

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 19 Jun 2008 11:09

Original Equipment Manufacturer

Where are you buying it from because you have to be careful

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Jun 2008 11:11

an internet shop

a friend has lost everything on her computer thanks to BT and I was helping her look for a new xp but that is not to expensive.

Gill

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 19 Jun 2008 11:13

Basically there are two sorts of Windows OEM discs.
The first one is the one that ships with a computer and can only work on that computer - very often it will not even work if you retain the system but change some of the components.
The second one is the sort that can be purchased individually.
Make sure that is is the second one that you are purchasing - some unscrupulous people do try to sell on the first type!
Also, you will probably find that it is branded - Acer, Dell, Toshiba etc

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 19 Jun 2008 11:14

Surely if it is genuinely the fault of BT then BT should be held responsible.

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Jun 2008 11:15

This one is on savapoint and it is called microscft xp home edition with sp2 but when I read full description it say the is an Oem promotional package

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Jun 2008 11:18

bt said if she bought a new xp package they would refund the cost but she hasn't got that kind of money so a couple of us are trying to help.

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 19 Jun 2008 11:22

Is it this one?

http://www.savapoint.com/savapoint/productinfo.php?prodid=4172&gid=&cid=1022

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Jun 2008 11:24

yes that is the one I was looking at.

Gill

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 19 Jun 2008 11:28

ok that one will be fine although you may find it cheaper on eBay.
It will probably ship with a little bit of hardware (in all likelihood something like a ribbon connector). Ignore it. This is only so they can get around the licensing and OEM conditions.

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 19 Jun 2008 11:31

Ok, thanks Errol
I will let her know.

Gill

eRRolSheep

eRRolSheep Report 19 Jun 2008 11:32

No problem