Monday, 6 April 2020

What is the OEM key in Windows? Is it original?

As you know OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, normally Dell, HP, IBM. Lenovo, Fujitsu, Acer etc., falls into this category.

When we want to buy Microsoft Windows (which has to be loaded in a new PC or Laptop if you want to use Windows) in the open market depending on the Edition (like home, Professional etc.,) will cost you anywhere between Rs.4000–10000) and even it is going to cost for the OEMs also, but because they are going to sell more, Microsoft will be giving at an attractive price and the idea behind that is that it will sell in huge quantities and they will be released to these OEMs and it will be tacked with the OEM Key.

How is an OEM licence different to a retail version of Windows?

In use, there is no difference at all between OEM or retail versions. Both are full versions of the operating system, and as such include all the features, updates, and functionality that you would expect from Windows.
Where their paths diverge is in two important areas: support and flexibility.

When you buy an OEM copy you’re in essence taking on the role of the manufacturer of your device. This means that if you run into problems with hardware compatibility or encounter activation issues, calling Microsoft for help will probably end up with you being told to contact the manufacturer of your device. Which, of course, in this case is you!

The second major difference is that whereas when you buy a retail copy of Windows you can use it on more than one machine, although not at the same time, an OEM version is locked to the hardware on which it was first activated.

Pc producers like hp, dell and many more give an inbuilt os with an activated os with a key, that key is known as oem key.

You can find that whether that key is oem or not by checking that there is an ‘oem’ in that key.


The pros are:-they are genuine, cheaper

The cons are:-they need an os of their category only. Ie. An oem os.



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