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Postby Yoda » Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:42 pm

Can you just buy MS Office and load it onto your PC?
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Postby Tavish » Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:46 pm

Yes.
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Postby Yoda » Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:48 pm

Tavish wrote:Yes.


Will it work like a normal as if you paid $300 for it? What is the difference?
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:49 pm

i think OEM software is supposed to be tied to one machine whereas a retail copy can be installed a multiple machines. other than that they should be identical. OEM probably doesnt come with a manual.
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Postby Yoda » Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:14 pm

j_d_mcnugent wrote:i think OEM software is supposed to be tied to one machine whereas a retail copy can be installed a multiple machines. other than that they should be identical. OEM probably doesnt come with a manual.


Thanks I just ordered 2003 Office for like 75 bucks. If it doesn't work, then I'll come looking for you...



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Postby Coppermine » Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:41 pm

I thought OEM was a designation specifically for hardware
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Postby Pedantic » Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:28 am

Coppermine wrote:I thought OEM was a designation specifically for hardware


Negative. OEM software is software that is meant to be bundled with another purchase (e.g. a computer). You might get an OEM copy of Windows when you buy a new computer. Of course, eBay kind of looks the other way when it comes to this, so sellers need only claim in their listing that some piece of "non-peripheral" hardware will be included to satisfy the eBay requirements. Often, OEM software like Windows and others will note on the packaging that it may only be sold with a Dell (or HP, etc.) computer. This warning is generally ignored, of course.
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Postby Coppermine » Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:47 pm

Pedantic wrote:
Coppermine wrote:I thought OEM was a designation specifically for hardware


Negative. OEM software is software that is meant to be bundled with another purchase (e.g. a computer). You might get an OEM copy of Windows when you buy a new computer. Of course, eBay kind of looks the other way when it comes to this, so sellers need only claim in their listing that some piece of "non-peripheral" hardware will be included to satisfy the eBay requirements. Often, OEM software like Windows and others will note on the packaging that it may only be sold with a Dell (or HP, etc.) computer. This warning is generally ignored, of course.


Gotcha; and you're right... i was hung up on the whole Original "Equipment" Manufacturer thing, but that does make sense.
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Postby Yoda » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:24 pm

Pedantic wrote:
Coppermine wrote:I thought OEM was a designation specifically for hardware


Negative. OEM software is software that is meant to be bundled with another purchase (e.g. a computer). You might get an OEM copy of Windows when you buy a new computer. Of course, eBay kind of looks the other way when it comes to this, so sellers need only claim in their listing that some piece of "non-peripheral" hardware will be included to satisfy the eBay requirements. Often, OEM software like Windows and others will note on the packaging that it may only be sold with a Dell (or HP, etc.) computer. This warning is generally ignored, of course.


So then why bother paying 3x the price of a software when you can buy an OEM software? Even if it craps out, it is cheaper to buy another OEM than the retail version.
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Postby acsguitar » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:52 pm

Yoda wrote:
Pedantic wrote:
Coppermine wrote:I thought OEM was a designation specifically for hardware


Negative. OEM software is software that is meant to be bundled with another purchase (e.g. a computer). You might get an OEM copy of Windows when you buy a new computer. Of course, eBay kind of looks the other way when it comes to this, so sellers need only claim in their listing that some piece of "non-peripheral" hardware will be included to satisfy the eBay requirements. Often, OEM software like Windows and others will note on the packaging that it may only be sold with a Dell (or HP, etc.) computer. This warning is generally ignored, of course.


So then why bother paying 3x the price of a software when you can buy an OEM software? Even if it craps out, it is cheaper to buy another OEM than the retail version.


Where did you buy it from? OEM usually doesn't come with a manual and can usually only be installed on one PC (Unless you install it on two you dirty lawbreaker) :-D
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