Is there a "retail" version of Windows 10 available for purchase?

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  1. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    Is there a "retail" version of Windows 10 available for purchase?


    "Retail" versions of Windows 7 can be installed multiple times on new hardware or motherboards, as long as it's only one PC per license.

    Is there an equivalent version of Windows 10 that carries the same privileges?

    I am NOT referring to the "free upgrade" or upgrading from a pre-existing Windows 7 or 8.1 license.

    I mean a stand-alone product that can be installed on a bare metal hard drive when the purchaser has never owned any prior version of Windows. And can continue to be installed as the purchaser cycles through various hardware/motherboard changes into the future.

    Does the product in the following link meet the criteria of allowing multiple motherboard changes?

    Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro | Download: Software

    No mention of OEM, no mention of System Builder. But I don't see the term "retail" in the description.

    Even if it qualifies, it's a download. Is there a DVD or USB equivalent? What's the SKU?

    I thought I had read that "retail" versions as previously known for Windows 7 had been done away with for Windows 10, but I need clarification on the limitations of certain products.

    If there still are "retail" versions of Windows 10, how can I identify them? Just avoid anything that says "OEM" or "System Builder"? Or?
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  2. Posts : 13,934
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    Yes, a retail version of Windows 10 is available in Home and Pro, 32 and/or 64 bit. Home is $109 and Pro is $199.

    A retail version can be installed on any computer that will run it as long as it's installed on only one computer at a time.

    The one on Amazon you point to is retail. You can download the ISO or have them send you a flash drive with the ISO on it ready for install.

    If you download, Rufus is a good choice to use the create your own installable flash drive.

    If you look at the side of the Flash drive Pro box it says Pro Full Version.
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  3. Posts : 17,638
    Windows 10 Pro
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    If you buy Windows 10 from Microsoft Store, it is the retail version if it is not specifically mentioned it is an OEM version. You can get it on USB if you need physical install media instead of an ISO. The original Microsoft Windows 10 USB install media contains both bit versions.




    At the moment Microsoft does not directly sell OEM or System Builder versions to consumers. You can buy OEM for instance from Newegg: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - Newegg.com ($139.99 + $2.99 shipping)

    Kari
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  4. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Kari, that one is $139. The one linked to on Amazon is $199 so I'm sure it's the "Retail" version.
    The Pro version from MS is also $199 which matches the Amazon one.
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  5. Posts : 17,638
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    Ztruker said:
    Kari, that one is $139. The one linked to on Amazon is $199 so I'm sure it's the "Retail" version.
    The Pro version from MS is also $199 which matches the Amazon one.
    Absolutely no idea what you are talking about? I gave links to Microsoft Store for Pro and Home Retail versions ($199.99 and $119.99 respectively), and thereafter link to Windows 10 Pro OEM at Newegg at $139.99.

    Please could you tell what was / is wrong in my post?
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  6. Posts : 321
    Windows
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    @ignatzatsonic

    Your Amazon link shows a retail purchase of the Windows 10 Pro flash drive.
    You probably have to choose which one you want.

    I bought a Windows 10 Pro flash drive (thumb etc...) device from the Microsoft Store by telephone purchase.
    Called their sales number and ordered a flash drive which was delivered.
    I think it is the so-called retail version. It was delivered in a box along with the product key.
    I did pay $199 plus tax / shipping = ~ somewhere about $210. US dollars

    Microsoft Store - Sales and support

    License Transferring:
    Installing to a different motherboard requires deactivation of a license.
    You will need to call Microsoft and ask if you can have a license transferred.

    How to transfer a Microsoft license
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  7. Posts : 93
    Windows 10 pro
       #7

    managed to have a brain freeze and posted in wrong post
    Last edited by pitbullpup; 04 Jan 2016 at 17:57. Reason: oops posted in wrong post.
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  8. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
    Thread Starter
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    Ztruker said:
    The one linked to on Amazon is $199 so I'm sure it's the "Retail" version.
    The Pro version from MS is also $199 which matches the Amazon one.
    Why are you sure?

    Because the Amazon price matches the MS Store price?

    I'm not doubting, I'm sincerely asking.

    If I see Windows 10 Pro non-OEM, non-System Builder, for 177.99, should I infer something about that product, based on the price?

    Have SKUs been discontinued?

    Is it mere coincidence that the prices match? Historically, prices for completely legit Windows had significant price variation, depending on the vendor.

    It appears Newegg prices match to the penny also:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Home - Full Version USB Flash Drive - Newegg.com

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro - Full Version USB Flash Drive - Newegg.com

    I see that the Newegg descriptions use the word "full". Amazon does not use that term. Nor do I see that term at the Microsoft Store.

    I'm just seeking clarity. I always build my own PCs and typically upgrade all hardware periodically.

    Are there any bona fide Microsoft links where this confusion regarding terminology is explained?
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  9. Posts : 321
    Windows
       #9

    ignatzatsonic said:
    Are there any bona fide Microsoft links where this confusion regarding terminology is explained?
    OEM vs Full Version - Microsoft Community

    Page down on the link for details.
    The terminology is the same as in 2009.

    Hope it's ok to link to "Microsoft Answers"

    Almost out of time, here. Using mobile hotspot is expensive.
    Will have to get out and find free wifi in the future.
    Signing off.
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  10. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
    Thread Starter
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    nt62 said:
    OEM vs Full Version - Microsoft Community

    Page down on the link for details.
    The terminology is the same as in 2009.

    NT:

    The newest comment in that link is over 4 years old and applies to Windows 7, when the term "Retail" was used by vendors and SKUs were commonplace.

    I'm looking for current and definitive information since Windows 10 was released--something from the last few months.
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