OEM? what is it

  dobber 17:14 09 Feb 2003

Could some one please enlighten me as to what OEM is.Iam looking at upgrading to xp and wondering what OEM ment as i can save some money getting that version.

  woodchip 17:19 09 Feb 2003

It will not come in a box, have a read hear click here THIS IS A FULL VERSION NOT AN UPGRADE

  AndyJ 17:25 09 Feb 2003

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and is a company that uses product components from one or more other companies to build an item that it sells under its own company name and brand. They can also therefore tailor it to it's own target audience or needs - some OEM versions therefore may not offer all the functionality of a full-blown "original" version.

It's a bit like buying from a major outlet or a supermarket's own brand...it's probably the same thing, but hard to tell.

  « Ravin » 17:32 09 Feb 2003

OEM - Original Equipment Manufaturer

mostly nowadays it's the software that is supplied by manufacturers along with their hardware. like dell make computers and supply windows xp along with it as an OEM product.

  « Ravin » 17:34 09 Feb 2003

:( should have refreshed andy sj gave the right explanation

  spuds 18:00 09 Feb 2003

If you purchase a OEM software product, especially a Microsoft programme, then you may need to purchase some other item, possibly hardware to comply with terms and conditions.Generally OEM are supplied without the frills of the Full package.

  Stuartli 20:22 09 Feb 2003

There are numerous threads on this very subject in the forums.

Buying an OEM product is the cheapest way to do so because, as stated above, you get the basic item, whether it is a graphics card, modem, CD/DVD-ROM drive, rewriter etc.

You save forking out the full retail price for a fancy box and perhaps a bit of software, such as games for a graphics card. Drivers for such cards and other items can be downloaded from manufacturers' websites.

You won't need drivers for things such as CD/DVD and rewriter drives, so the barebones drive is fine.

OEM products are normally acquired by system builders (it's the cheapest way for them) and often sell off remaining stocks when a new model comes out.

They are also sold by retailers who are aware that customers will appreciate spending less than the full retail price on hardware, peripherals or accessories.

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