Re: x86 Macs
- From: Buzz <buzz@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 14:51:17 -0500
Donald L McDaniel wrote:
The ONLY difference between XP Pro Retail and XP Pro OEM is that XP Pro
Retail can be installed on ANY PC, whether one has an existing license to
Windows or not, whereas to install XP Pro OEM, one must have an existing
license (or a copy of the distribution media of a licensed copy) to install
it. In this way, the XP Pro OEM copy is much like a copy of OS X "Retail"
one would purchase from the Apple Store.
The difference between XP Pro Retail and XP Pro OEM is that microsoft expects the OEM to assume responsibilities for customer support with XP Pro OEM.
Donald, you are stupid.
First, you got that backwards. If OEM requires a prior licence, then
it is conditional, which means that for all practical purposes it is an
"upgrade" (including a 'competitive upgrade') licence.
Second, if this wonderous OEM version is indeed intended to be
available directly to the general public, then it should be as easy to
find on Microsoft's website as the full Retail version and the
traditional Upgrade version...and also in single units (not Volume
Licencing). The general problem with "aftermarket" companies making
individual 'plain vanilla' copies of Volume Licenced XP available is
that it violates their distribution requirement with Microsoft, which
in the fine print states:
"Distribution Requirements. For any Distributable Code you distribute,
· add significant primary functionality to it in your
Thus, an install disk that merely contains XP is a violation under the
By the way, even XP Pro OEM may be installed without an existing installation
of Windows residing on a HD. All that is necessary is to provide PROOF of an
Just further reenforcement from you that this is actually an "upgrade",
and not a full and independently standing licence. While many DIY
home-builders probably do take the same old licence and use it over and
over again without ever getting caught, that's illegal, unless you can
provide the citation from Microsoft where they specifically and
uncatagorically state that its not.
You Mac Fanatics really need to EDUCATE yourselves about Microsoft Windows,
and stop passing supposition and rumour around among yourselves.
"...Pot calling Kettle, come in Kettle..." :-)
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