Hi, my current pc (Dell) is all but worn out and nearly dead after 8 years. I have purchased a new one and now need a Windows OS. I decided to go with XP Home because that is what I know. Here is the problem: most of what is for sale on the internet is OEM and not much difference in price. My research has led me to believe that once activated you cannot use the disk on another pc as it somehow tied to the motherboard of the original pc it was activated on. Are there any other drawbacks with OEM programs? I think I would prefer to buy a full retail pack, but is there something I am missing in the facts? Once I have it, is this something I can load myself? I am not what you call well grounded in proceedures for such things. I was told to go Vista as XP has now been deleted, but Vista is so much more expensive. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Perhaps someone would 100% confirm this still works but you can do a "clean install" from an upgrade only DVD. You just install (making sure you are not connected to the web and also NOT entering the license code first time) and then when that has installed just run the Disc again, this time as an upgrade, and now enter the code.
If you have an upgrade version then you can do a complete clean install. However, as far as i'm aware (and this as the case for XP) you cannot progress with the installation without an operating system disc for an earlier version of windows.
e.g. to install XP upgrade version, you would need a windows 200 disc or a windows 98 disc etc.