OEM Version of Windows® 7
Find out the difference between Windows 7 OEM and Retail versions.
Windows 7 is the most popular among the recently released operating systems and is developed and marketed by the Microsoft. Like its previous versions Windows 7 is also developed using the Windows NT operating system platform and therefore has some options and functions in common with its predecessors. Windows 7 is integrated with many new options and features that help in enhancing the functionality of the system and thereby augments the productivity of its users. It has different editions and versions that are designed aiming at different types of customers. Windows 7 OEM version is an alternative for Original Equipment Manufacturer version and is supplied directly to the System manufacturers by Microsoft. This enables the computer system manufacturers to supply the products with a pre-installed genuine copy of Windows operating system. The installation disk however is supplied along with the product in most cases so as to perform the re-installation or repair of OEM Windows 7 operating system version in case of any major errors or issues.
Given below are the points that can help you in understanding differences between the OEM and Retail version of Windows 7:
- Limited user license
- Limited support
- Cheaper than Retail version
Limited user license
The OEM versions of Windows 7 are supplied with a limited user license whereas the retail version users are given a full license that can be used by the users to install and upgrade the operating system on other systems also. The OEM versions of the Windows 7 can only be installed on the system that was supplied as a pre-installed operating system and Windows 7 operating system is activated automatically in relation with the product key stored in the system BIOS, which restricts its usage only to a single system.
The full retail versions of Windows 7 are covered under Microsoft product support whereas the OEM versions are not provided with any support from the operating system manufacturer. This is because the equipment manufacturer provides the support for the OEM versions of Windows 7, which are installed on their computers as the operating system is purchased and installed directly onto the computers by the system manufacturers.
The OEM versions of Windows are found to be much cheaper when compared with their retail versions. This is mainly because of the limited support and limited product license that are supplied in case of the OEM versions and the OEM versions also may not be having the original Windows 7 package containing the disk and related manuals instead the disk and manual can be supplied as a part of the product package by the computer manufacturer.
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