Vista OEM

  blanco 17:22 28 Jan 07

I see that Ebuyer has Vista Home Premium OEM (for system builders) at £66.99.

As I would intend to upgrade my system before considering Vista and this would involve a new motherboard, CPU, hard drive and graphics card is there any reason why I couldn't go down this route?

  Mr Beeline 17:33 28 Jan 07

Hi blanco

I know some people will tell you otherwise... but I've been building / upgrading PC's at home (for myself and friends etc.) for many years now (I even remember paper tape / card punches ... so that will give you a clue how long) and always use OEM versions of Windows and have "never" had a problem. Even when upgrading a PC with a new motherboard. Though big upgrades tend to cause Windows Product activation to kick in. Usually you have to phone (automated system) and get a new code to type in. Only twice have I had to speak to a "real" person and once I explained, I still got a new code.

So I would say "no problem, buy OEM.

PS. Obviously you don't get any phone support should things go pear shaped. But hell, that's what forums like this are for.

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