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    XP Versions (Xp Pro)

    Howdy all. I've not posted much, but I've been lurking for many months. Y'all have finally convinced me that XP Pro is the way to go (instead of Win 2000 Pro), so here's my question. I've just found the following deal "Microsoft Windows XP Professional full OEM, DSP Genuine Sealed Package with Cert. of Authenticity", (Includes manual, CD, COA, DSP OEM), for "$130.79". The seller also says that I can get a "Retail Box" version for another $65.00. So what's the difference between the OEM and Retail versions - besides the $$? BTW, my 'puter has a AMD 1600xp; 512 pc2100 DDR; 40 g HDD; and 98SE, and I'll be doing a clean install on the "C" partition. Thanks in advance,
    Mike.

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    Re: XP Versions (Xp Pro)

    The OEM version should come pre-installed on a computer supplied by an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), like Dell. They pay less to Microsoft so you get the computer (somewhat) cheaper. OEM software is not supposed to be available for purchase by 'the general public', except with new hardware (although what exactly constitutes new hardware is a bit open to interpretation -- I've seen it available with simply a new hard disk!).

    The retail version is what Microsoft wants you to pay lots of money for. Go on, you know Bill has earned it!
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: XP Versions (Xp Pro)

    Howdy John, and thanks for the quick reply. I kinda suspected that something like that was the case. After I'd posted my question, I looked at the site again, and lo and behold - it says that it must be purchased with hardware (I evidently overlooked that part in my exitement)! However - that might not be such a bad idea, either! Guess I'd better tell my better half to hide the plastic, or I'm liable to wind up with a new 'puter (again) ! ;-}
    Take care,
    Mike.

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