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Thread: 3 different versions of windows xp

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    Which one is best? I don't get it...

    Windows XP Home OEM with Service Pack 2
    Windows XP Home Retail with Service Pack 2
    Windows XP Home Upgrade with Service Pack 2

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    tesco's Avatar woowoo
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    The OEM version is what usually comes with premade computers.
    Retail is the full version you can buy.
    The Upgrade version requires an old, full/retail version of windows (98, me, 95, 2000, etc.) when you install to make sure that you really own a windows OS. This version is cheaper than the retail version.

    BTW thanks for starting the thread in the right section this time...
    Last edited by tesco; 09-18-2005 at 10:34 PM.

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    So my computer had come with windows xp when I got it so that would make it oem? And would that come with a bunch of crap if I were to install that? If I were to use the Full Retail would that be better then the OEM? Last question.. If my computer is OEM would would my working cd key work with a retail?
    Systems Specs
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    O/S: Windows Xp Service Pack 2
    Processor: Intel Pentium 4
    Speed: 2.6 ghz
    Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 6800 128MB DDR SDRAM
    Ram: 1Gig of ram
    Comp Model: Hp Pavilion a250n
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  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    tesco's Avatar woowoo
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    Not sure about XP, but in 98 my oem key wouldn't work with retail versions..

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    If I were to use a nonlegit cd key are there ways to get updates and everything normally?
    Systems Specs
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    O/S: Windows Xp Service Pack 2
    Processor: Intel Pentium 4
    Speed: 2.6 ghz
    Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 6800 128MB DDR SDRAM
    Ram: 1Gig of ram
    Comp Model: Hp Pavilion a250n
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  6. Software & Hardware   -   #6
    can I curse? FUCK!
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    Yes, you can disable the Windows genuine authentication in the ActiveX options before you update your windows.. Microsoft is so good to us sometimes.

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