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Old 26th July, 2006, 12:59 PM
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XP OEM version

Does anyone know of a good place to get XP Home OEM?

I can no longer use my previous supplier....
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Old 26th July, 2006, 05:38 PM
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Most online retailers will sell it, otherwise it might be worth checking out a trade magazine to see who has the best prices / deals
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I think they recently changed the rules for buyng OEM for the majority of retailers. Before, you could buy it with a piece of non-peripheral hardware. Now, i think you have to buy a whole system unless you are a registered system builder.
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Old 27th July, 2006, 01:09 PM
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Used to be able to get it with a HDD...
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School h8r - your right - Microsoft stipulate it can't be bought without the necessary core components of a PC - chip, mem, optical, hdd and system board.

Vendors do do it more loosley though and Samuknow is right in what he says - a HDD - a bit dishonest of the vendors, but it sells them licenses and saves us money. BTW - my XP sticker license for this desktop is always in a safe place nowadays - and not on the PC - I been stung on WGA by someone who saw one of my systems and jotted the number down on a piece of paper and used it themselves!!! Very laborious process thereafter to prove to M$ that you were the buyer.
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Where I work now, all of the labels are still on the machines. I mentioned this to the Director of the IT department and he just laughed. Most of the machines are in public areas...


It seems that the cheapest I can find now is 75 bucks...

Still cheaper than most but good grief.

Let's say I had an conflict with the last place I purchased XP from and the WGA tool...

People want to blame software pirating for the cost of an OS. I still say that OS prices are and have always been about the same. Plus MS is still reporting Ludicrous earnings...It seems that the pirating would decrese if the price did.
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My thoughts exactly = thats why the licence is in my wallet!!
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When I set up machines I put them in a folder with the software. Safe from prying eyes...
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School h8r - your right - Microsoft stipulate it can't be bought without the necessary core components of a PC - chip, mem, optical, hdd and system board.

Vendors do do it more loosley though and Samuknow is right in what he says - a HDD - a bit dishonest of the vendors, but it sells them licenses and saves us money. BTW - my XP sticker license for this desktop is always in a safe place nowadays - and not on the PC - I been stung on WGA by someone who saw one of my systems and jotted the number down on a piece of paper and used it themselves!!! Very laborious process thereafter to prove to M$ that you were the buyer.
Andy! You had to learn this one the hard way!? ":O}

Well thanks for sparing us the same fate!":O}
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