1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 84
    win 7/10
       4 Weeks Ago #1

    win10 oem


    Purchaced a OEM DVD of win10 --I am not sure what to look for when looking for the product code. I am accustomed to seeing 4 sets of 5 numbers but do not see the set on this package.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 403
    Windows 10 Home
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    An OEM DVD can be used to recover your present PC to it's orig state. It may also incl optional mfr software and drivers. It's key is tied to your orig device and can't be used on another one, thus no product key. If you bought a retail Win 10 DVD, it would have a key that can be installed on one device at any given time, thus transferable.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,089
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    mrgeek said: View Post
    An OEM DVD can be used to recover your present PC to it's orig state. It may also incl optional mfr software and drivers. It's key is tied to your orig device and can't be used on another one, thus no product key. If you bought a retail Win 10 DVD, it would have a key that can be installed on one device at any given time, thus transferable.
    That is incorrect.

    When buying valid OEM or System Builder version of Windows 10 from a respectable vendor, it comes with a product key (like this one) and can be used to clean install Windows 10 to a new PC that has never had any version of Windows installed.

    The difference to Retail version is that the license is not transferable; when once activated on certain hardware it can only be used on same hardware.

    In OP's case, if the DVD is genuine and vendor honest, it's the vendor who should provide the product key. As far as I have understood genuine Windows 10 is only available as software download or USB, the OEM and retail boxes only containing the product key or in case of USB also the install media.

    In genuine Windows 10 OEM boxes product key sticker is clearly visible.

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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 403
    Windows 10 Home
       4 Weeks Ago #4

    Sorry if I misunderstood the op's post. I was under the impression that by OEM, he meant the recovery dvd, a hard copy of the recovery drive which would be wiped in a clean install or if he made a usb copy.
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