Windows 10 oem vs retail

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    Windows 10 oem vs retail


    What is the difference between oem and retail version of windows 10. Is ti true that oem version can only install once and retail version can install as many times as needed ?
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    An OEM licence is tied to the first computer it is installed on & the OEM [not MS] is responsible for providing software support.

    A Retail licence allows the software to be installed on whichever system you choose [but only on one installation on one computer at a time]. MS provides some limited software support for which the terms are set out in the purchase documentation.

    Both can be installed as many times as necessary but the OEM can only be installed on the same computer each time.
    Both are limited to one installation at a time.

    You can read the terms in C:\Windows\System32\en-GB\Licenses\OEM\Core\license.rtf {change the en-GB bit to match your own language} and at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/useterms

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    Try3 said: View Post
    An OEM licence is tied to the first computer it is installed on & the OEM [not MS] is responsible for providing software support.

    A Retail licence allows the software to be installed on whichever system you choose [but only on one installation on one computer at a time]. MS provides some limited software support for which the terms are set out in the purchase documentation.

    Both can be installed as many times as necessary but the OEM can only be installed on the same computer each time.
    Both are limited to one installation at a time.

    You can read the terms in C:\Windows\System32\en-GB\Licenses\OEM\Core\license.rtf {change the en-GB bit to match your own language} and at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/useterms

    Denis
    Unless local laws say opposite, in most of EU countries laws prohibit MS from enforcing that. There's nothing that MS (or any other company) can do to override local country's laws.
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    CountMike said: View Post
    Unless local laws say opposite, in most of EU countries laws prohibit MS from enforcing that. There's nothing that MS (or any other company) can do to override local country's laws.
    Tell that to the MS activation servers.

    Denis
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    Try3 said: View Post
    Tell that to the MS activation servers.

    Denis
    Don't have to, there's consumer rights agency, they fix.
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    Both can be installed over and over again on that same device with no activation issues.
    OEM is meant to be tied to a specific device, the first one its activated on.
    Retail can be transfered from device to device, but only ever activated on one device at any one time.
    It's a bit more complicated than that but thats the short answer.
    And as far as I know, the install media created via the Media Creation Tool will acept Retail and OEM product codes.
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