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    OEM CD ONLY

    I have an opportunity to purchase a copy of NERO 5.5 CD Burning software but the product description says it is "OEM CD ONLY". What exactly does this mean? Will there be restricitions on use, registering or updating?

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    Re: OEM CD ONLY

    As far as I know, and I ain't no lawyer, the term means that it's intended to be sold in a bundle with a CD-RW drive and NOT separately. You didn't say from whom this offer came, but......

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    Re: OEM CD ONLY

    When you buy a computer, the versions of software that you get are OEM. That means that the manufacturer won't support it--they tell you to go to the computer manufacturer. Often, the OEM versions of applications do not have all the features of the full version. Personally, I think OEM is a rip-off. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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    Re: OEM CD ONLY

    Just to follow up on Phil's remarks, here's a testimonial.

    I purchased a hard drive and a full-blown version of Windows XP-Professional from an internet vendor. The software was delivered not in a full size retail box but a smaller folder-sized package. Didn't think too much of it at the time, it was shrink wrapped.

    But later when my XP-Pro computer failed to start because of a corrupted registry, I could not get help from Microsoft because my version of XP was an "OEM" version. I couldn't understand why it would matter where I purchased it - it didn't come installed on my system! - I could have easily purchased it from an Office Supply Store.

    The nice lady at MS suggested that I call the company I bought the hard drive from for tech support. I said "you've got to be kidding!"...
    She wasn't. I had to pay $35 with a credit card to have an MS suppot tech tell me that I would have to reinstall Windows and that the My Documents folder would be overwritten.

    Bottom line - an oem version of solitaire is probably okay but if it's important software where you may have a question one day...well you know what I think about that. HTH
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    Re: OEM CD ONLY

    Personally, I have purchased several "OEM" CD's, including Norton SystemWorks 2002 Pro. There was nothing different about it compared to a boxed version other than there not being a User's Manual. This has also been true of any of the "OEM" CD's I bought. They were all complete and fully functional, but only lacked the Manual. You could simply ask the seller if the application you were interested in was limited in any way, etc. And then, make your decision based upon his answer with a guarantee for return and a full refund if it wasn't true.

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    Re: OEM CD ONLY

    The only OEM software I would knowingly use is the OS that ships with a system I might buy.
    If I build it myself, or decide to dual a multiple-boot systyem, I'd get the retail OS.

    I always get retail versions of Office, etc.

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