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    Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Whats the difference, seriously
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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    On what? CPU? ..Warranty.

    O/S? Right to use it on other machines or upgrade your machine.

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    oem is for system builders so an oem cpu doesn't come with a heatsink for example (hope i'm right lol), whereas retail would. An oem OS can only be installed once and is tied to the hardware of that computer (officially but there are ways around this lol) whereas a retail os can be reinstalled as many times as you like and in the case of windows comes with both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    ok, so what in respect of DVD-writers and such?
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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Good point yeah, oem cpu doesn't have a stock cooler.. just the chip.

    DVD writers just come in a bag or brown box, no official software, no cables.. but you sometimes get nero etc..

    £15 though.. it doesn't really matter does it

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Sometimes also Warranty. Such as AMD cpus OEM was 1 year and retail you get 3 years (if I remember correctly)
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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by richieuk View Post
    ok, so what in respect of DVD-writers and such?
    In general

    OEM have no official packaging and ships with just the product in a plain box, usually no extras like cables or software. Sometimes reduced warranty too.

    For example
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    Retail - official box, little booklet/paper, heatsink and long warranty (3 years with Intel).
    OEM - just the CPU, 1 year warranty with retailer.

    For myself, I usually only go OEM on optical drives and hard drives.
    Everything else I go for retail packages.

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Also, with some software products, OEM versions are designed to only work with the hardware they're supplied with .... and may therefore lack the generic support of Retail versions. That certainly used to be the case with Nero OEM, though I haven't checked for some years.

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyNV View Post
    OEM have no official packaging and ships with just the product in a plain box, usually no extras like cables or software. Sometimes reduced warranty too.
    Often they don't come in a box at all, same goes for hard drives.

    They would be send to the likes of Scan in large multi-unit boxes (often packs of 24). Packs can be cardboard or polystyrene. Scan would then wrap then in copious amounts of bubblewrap and lots of their stupidly strong tape.

    Scan re-use the outer box of these multi unit pack to ship orders in.

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    An oem is a unit of electrickery.
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    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    i think you mean ohm; a unit of resistrickery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

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    Re: Official Retard Question - Retail/OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Also, with some software products, OEM versions are designed to only work with the hardware they're supplied with .... and may therefore lack the generic support of Retail versions. That certainly used to be the case with Nero OEM, though I haven't checked for some years.
    Indeed. I remember being quite annoyed when I updated the firmware on my OEM DVD drive to resolve some compatibility issues... only to find Nero would no longer work because it was tied to the firmware version!! Naturally I then had to go out and seek an economically viable replacement for the free software I was morally entitled to use but prevented from doing so. Hence my discovery of IMGBurn.

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