Update: Computer Software Tips - Difference Between Retail and OEM Windows Vista

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer like DELL or HP.

1. OEM Windows Vista is cheaper than full retail and around retail upgrade.
2. OEM edition does not include manual or box.
3. OEM is tied to the motherboard on the first install.
4. You can't contact Microsoft for support. Retail version includes 90 days free support.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Retail $240 - OEM $120

You can get around #3 by calling Microsoft and telling them your motherboard has failed.

1. The software on disc is EXACTLY the same as retail.
2. OEM is tied only to the motherboard.
3. Both OEM and Retail give you the right to install only...
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