just been looking at various threads on this and driving me up the wall!! Was looking to install Microsoft Windows Xp Home SP2 OEM -Single Pack from ebuyer click here
My first PC didnt come with the origional OpSys disk so assume this was OEM. Was going to buy the Ebuyer WInXp Home, being cheaper than the PC retailers, but after reading further not sure what is the right move. Appreciate OEM doesnt get Tech Assistance, and assume will not get a COA with this Ebuyer's either, and will not be transferable to another computer.
Just need to know (and some reassurance) that the Ebuyer version will be valid for registration with a new computer and will be able to get critical updates etc or should I purchase WinXP with the computer? thanks
Certificate Of Authenticity. In this case Microsoft's proof that it's a genuine XP copy. OEM documentation is limited and the certificate is in the form of a small sticker.
Original Equipment Manufacturer. In this case it means that warranty support is not provided by Microsoft, but whoever installed the Operating system, this usually means the PC manufacturer but if you buy an OEM copy for your own use, you assume those all responsibilities yourself. Microsoft used to monitor distribution of OEM software very closely, but they seem to have given up on that and it's now very easy to get via retailers like ebuyer.
Microsoft must really have relaxed their regulations if you can purchase the OEM copy of XP with just a case fan. When I purchased the OEM version two or three years ago it had to be a substantial piece of hardware. i.e. A new motherboard, processor or Hard drive and certainly a complete new computer would do the trick but you would have to purchase the copy from the same outlet.
I think it a case of "if you can't beat them" a mouse is apparantly good enought now. But it must be remembered that if that mouse fails, and you have to replace it, you must remove that OEM copy of Windows and purchase a new copy (retail, not OEM). I wonder how many do.
But this does not mean they have changed the (confusing) rules on OEM, and when validation for updates comes in later this year I think quite a few people will get a bit of a surprise.
Just for the record chugby the OEM copy you are proposing to buy will probably be illegal. I do not believe ebuyer to be certified by Microsoft as system builders. Therefore they cannot sell OEM, despite the fact that they mention the rules on buying a qualifying piece of hardware at the same time.