reddwarfcrew 13:06 08 Jun 2003

I've sold my old PC to a colleague from work, but he wants to updgrade to XP.

He hasn't got the PC at the mo, so I said I'd do a full install of XP as opposed to 'upgrading'.

We haven't gone out and got the upgrade version yet, but I have come across click here

Its seems to make sense to buy this as it cheaper than the updgrade, but am I missing something (there doesn't seem to be any requirement to buy any hardware at the same time).

  Joe McG 13:10 08 Jun 2003


you may be better off contacting the retailers, to see if it can be bought by itself.

I have never seen oem software being sold without purchasing hardware.

  SEASHANTY 15:10 08 Jun 2003

The windows oem versions are sold for use with a new computer build. This can include upgrades which include a new motherboard, or a new hard disk, or,I think, a new graphics card. It should have a qualifying product sold with the XP copy of windows. However - some resellers do not always abide by the rules.

  microswift 15:43 08 Jun 2003

I bought an OEM version of windows xp on its own from overclockers about a month ago, cost I think about £76 inc. delivery.

  Djohn 19:43 08 Jun 2003

You will find an increasing amount of dealers prepared to sell "OEM" without buying hardware at the same time.

I do not know what the legal position is regarding this, but can not find any reason for not doing so.

When I spoke to Microsoft, regarding a similar purchase, the Customer services dept. stated they where quite happy to allow the decision to remain with the retailer.

As far as they are concerned, (M/Soft), OEM may be bought with any item that is required to enable a PC. to function. Memory stick, mouse, keyboard, etc.

  AlanHo 07:21 09 Jun 2003

If you buy an OEM copy - you will not get any technical support from Microsoft. If you are happy to go without future support - then you can save money by buying OEM.

  ardvarc 07:58 09 Jun 2003

I have 2 versions of this running and I can recommend it. You get all the online updates and you can reformat your drive and do a clean install or let XP reformat for you. I have had this version since it came out on special offer many months ago. One bonus is that it never asks for a previous Windows disk and activation and reactivation is no problem. Downside is that the Windows Key is on a sticker on the wrapping and has to be stuck on case side so if you go for it be careful on opening the wrapping.

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