LivEviL 23:37 11 Dec 2005

what does OEM mean on products? iv been wondering for a while! and whats the difference between a OEM and a normal bit of software and the difference between OEM and CORP?

  PaulB2005 23:42 11 Dec 2005

Original Equipment Manufacturers

Usually supplied to system builders. Come with no fancy packaging, instructions or drivers.

Corp = Corporate. Designed to be used on many PCs in a company.

  SANTOS7 23:45 11 Dec 2005


(pronounced as separate letters) Short for original equipment manufacturer, which is a misleading term for a company that has a special relationship with computer producers. OEMs buy computers in bulk and customize them for a particular application. They then sell the customized computer under their own name. The term is really a misnomer because OEMs are not the original manufacturers -- they are the customizers.

  LivEviL 23:54 11 Dec 2005

i see thank you for clearing that one up! tata

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  Stuartli 11:18 12 Dec 2005

OEM applies to a vast range of products, not just computers.

Your car, for instance, will house many OEM products such as tyres, batteries, ICE equipment etc.

In the case of computers buying prodcuts marked as OEM can actually save you money. For example, an OEM version of a hard drive, which will come without retail packing and other benefits, will be substantially cheaper than the full version.

So long as the manufacturer backs an OEM product with an equivalent (or sometimes even superior) warranty, then it's a very worthwhile saving.

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