Vista Ultimate OEM vs Ultimate Retail & more

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Terster, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Terster

    Terster Guest


    I have not seen this anywhere yet for VISTA so i hope i'm not being
    redundant. But, i have a few questions i'd like to ask before I make the
    switch to Vista.

    First, Retail Full Version Ultimate is nearly $399. OEM Full Version
    Ultimate online is $220. It's far more affordable since it's nearly half

    My first question is: What is the difference between the OEM Full Version
    and the Retail Full Version? I just don't understand?

    I will be upgrading from XP Pro and would like to do a clean install.

    Second question: I do gaming which messes things up on me, a lot, and
    therefore i routinely reformat my hard drive and then reinstall Windows.
    However, with XP, i would install the OS with updates, activate the software,
    and then GHOST it (make a full backup image). That way when i go to
    reinstall Windows, i just reformat the HD again and then restore the OS using
    Ghost. It's already been activated so i don't hve to deal with all that
    every time.

    My question is: Will i be able to do this same process with Windows Ultimate?

    Third and last question: I read in a blog that you will only be able to
    activate Windows Vista 2 times. If i did not GHOST the backup image and my
    HD were to crash or something else 3 times in the next many years, is it true
    that i can only reactivate Vista 2 times and then i would have to buy another
    copy of Vista?

    Thank you very much for your advise and help.
    Terster, Jan 30, 2007
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  2. Licesing and support - there are no technical differences.
    Depends on your definition of "clean" install. Upgrade versions are
    started within your running activated and genuine Windows XP on that
    PC - however they will move your old install to another folder so you
    can get a clear install of Vista if you do not want to do an inplace

    Similar or even better - you can make a full system backup using the
    built in tools that you can put back using the tools on the bootable
    upgrade or full DVD.
    Not true.
    Mike Brannigan, Jan 30, 2007
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  3. Terster

    Dave B. Guest

    1. That has been discussed to a nauseating level here, how could you miss
    2. Using Vista compatible imaging software, yes.
    3. Entirely incorrect, find a new source for your info :)
    Dave B., Jan 30, 2007
  4. With retail full version you get support from Microsoft. With the OEM
    version you get support from the OEM. For most of the cheaper OEM versions
    sold like the one to which you refer that effectively means no support. The
    license is also different in that the OEM version is supposed to stay with
    the hardware on which it was originally installed whereas the retail version
    can be transferred to new hardware.
    Yes, in fact Vista Ultimate includes its own image backup utility that works
    quite well.
    The info you read in the blog is incorrect.
    Tom Porterfield, Jan 30, 2007
  5. Terster

    Terster Guest

    One last clarifying question if i may:

    The way i now understand this to work, the OEM vs Retail versions is:

    If i buy the OEM version and my motherboard needs replacing, then by
    definition this becomes a new pc and the software can not be reinstalled
    because the OEM version of the license stays with the original PC on which it
    was intalled. In addition there is no direct Microsoft Technical Support.

    If i buy the Retail version and my mother board needs replacing, no problem,
    i can reinstall windows. Just like, if i were to retire the pc and get a new
    one, i can use this Retail version on that new PC. So in essense, the
    license goes with the individual vs the PC. In addition there would be
    direct Microsoft Technical Support.

    I hope i understand this correctly.

    Thanks again for all your help. It was helpful!
    Terster, Jan 30, 2007
  6. Terster

    Dave B. Guest

    It is very likely that you won't run into a problem with your OEM
    motherboard scenario, despite what many say.
    Correct on the support issue.

    Dave B., Jan 30, 2007
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