I am posting this for anyone who may be considering upgrading their CD-RW drive. My oldest Medion PC came with Nero v5.1 bundled with included software. This version was upgraded to 5.5. and I later removed the original Sony 20x CD-RW drive for a TDK 32x CD-RW drive. Usually I use Roxio Plat v5 for cd copying. This was a retail boxed edit which I installed. Recently I tried Nero and got a message saying, "Nero will only work with the originally installed CD-RW drive". Guess it wants the Sony back in again. So anyone with a preinstalled version of Nero should beware if they intend changing a CD-RW drive for a later model. May have to buy a new version of Nero also.
Thanks for the info. I think I will eventually install Nero v6 on my later PC but it will have to drop in price first. Don't fancy keep forking out to Nero. I may decide to remove the TDK drive and fit a DVD recorder - in which case I suppose I would have to pay again.
The difference is a true OEM version has the key coded into the cd drive. When you install you don't get prompted for a key.This restricts use to a specific cd drive. If you have to enter the key when installing then you can use it with any compatible cd drive. FYI you can buy an oem 5.5 version with the key from click here for £14
because it will only work with one brand of burner (not just a single drive, if you had a Liteon CD-RW and later added a Liteon DVD+RW it would work with both, just not at the same time) you dont need a serial number for this type.
All OEM versions (the last time i looked) do not allow the use of the virus scanner, multiple burning, audio track cross fading and probably more.
The Sack - Thanks once again for the info on Nero v6. I see that at Blankdiscshop click here the CDROM of NERO Express (OEM) CD/DVD burning software is only £4-99 also My DVD on OEM CDROM at £19-99. Might purchase that then rather than Nero 6. I have Belarc Advisor installed on this PC and see under Software Licenses it lists "Ahead - Nero Fast CD - Burning plug in" and this is followed by a 24 digit product code separated into groups of four. Now I wonder where that came from? - maybe the upgrade.