Im sorry if this has been asked before but Im just finishing building a PC and wondered about buying an oem version from ccl. What sort of support do you not get from M$? No upgrades or patches? Or just technical support.
You get patches and updates as said but no support from Microsoft. This for me has never really been an issue as there lots of help on the web including here. But the big difference with OEM is it dies with the PC it is on. When you get a new computer you will need to buy a new copy of Vista.
Have a read of this thread click here it does appear to be a bit confusing. Basically as long as its a new PC then theres no problem as long as you stick to that PC and don't try to put it on another one later on as then it will fail. Also have a read of this click here the reviewer mentions what happens if the authentication fails. That is what would happen if you installed OEM windows on one PC and then later on tried to install the same windows on another.