Comparison between Windows® 7 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Windows® 7 retail version
What are the differences between Windows 7 OEM and retail version?
Windows 7 is the newest operating system from Microsoft. This operating system has got new and improved features when compared to other operating systems. By installing Windows 7 in your system you will be able to increase your systems performance. Windows 7 can be used in laptops, desktops and media centers. There were a lot of disadvantages with Windows Vista. But most of these faults have been eliminated in Windows 7. Windows 7 is the successor of Windows Vista. Licenses for Windows 7 can be obtained mainly through one of three basic channels. They are called retail, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and volume licensing. Each channel has got its own unique method of activation.
Ther following points are about differences between Windows 7 OEM and Windows 7 retail version:
- Windows 7 OEM
- Windows 7 retail
- Comparing Windows 7 OEM and Windows 7 retail
Windows 7 OEM
Windows 7 OEM is a piece of software which is released to “Original Equipment Manufacturer” by Microsoft. These would include popular PC or laptop manufactures like HP, Lenovo or Dell. But it is noted that it is not just the branded vendors. Anyone who can build his or her own PC will be able to buy a Windows 7 OEM edition. Windows 7 OEM and Windows 7 retail versions are similar in their features. It is seen that Windows 7 OEM editions are eligible for Windows Anytime Upgrades. For example you can upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to say, Windows 7 Ultimate in the future.
Windows 7 retail
Windows 7 retail means that you can access Windows 7 through a retail store (physical or online). They are found to be individually licensed and are activated. It is seen that retail version of Windows 7 generally can be purchased at two license pricing levels. They are called full and upgrade license. In the case of a full license, it has got no limitation on how customers can install and use the operating system, as long as each system has its own legitimate license. The upgrade license is being targeted at end-users who already have got a genuine older Windows operating system.
In the OEM version unlike the retail editions of Windows 7, you will not find a manual or any attractive packaging with it. With the retail Windows 7 copy, you will get both the 32-bit and 64-bit discs. While in the case of an OEM edition, you will get either the 32-bit edition or the 64-bit edition. A retail Windows 7 copy will get active support from Microsoft, from the time you activate it. But in the case of Windows 7 OEM version, you will have to fall back on the system or laptop vendor for support. In the case of retail you can install Windows 7 in another PC also. But in the case of OEM, it can be installed on only one system. This is found tied to the system’s motherboard. The license will be limited to the first system.
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