OEM SOFTWARE

  pcwhizz 11:32 01 Sep 2003
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Isn't it amazing how easy it is to get hold of OEM software without buying any single non perhipals item.

You can purchse a full versuion of Win Xp Home OEM for £68 currently at EBUYER.co.uk

That's HALF THE PRICE! of the RETAIL VERSION

SO CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN HOW LEGAL IS THE PRACTICE OF SELLING OEM SOFTWARE WITHOUT COMPONENTS?

  tomhealy 12:17 01 Sep 2003

Why are you complaing that it is cheap?

Would you prefer it to be twice the price?

  Barrie_G 12:22 01 Sep 2003

I suppose that they could always justify it by saying that not everywhere that sells computer parts sells OEM software.

You can build a system from parts from the likes of PCWorld but try finding a OEM copy of Windows on the shelves and your going to be looking for a long time.

  Stuartli 19:35 01 Sep 2003

Presumably, as with system builders, if you acquired an OEM copy (providing it is sold legally) any redress or problems would have to be addressed with e-buyer and not Microsoft.

  Belatucadrus 10:38 02 Sep 2003

I think it's down to Microsoft, if they decide the supplier is abusing the terms they supply OEM packs under they just cut them off. I suspect e-buyer shift sufficient product for them to turn a blind eye. Smaller retailers wouldn't be so lucky.

  recap 14:12 03 Sep 2003

Take a look at PCA issue 98 Oct 2003 (consumerwatch section page 76) for OEM licensing.

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