Windows versions - OEM verus Retail CD's and keys
Posted on 2006-06-12
I have a consistant problem as a PC Support engineer with reinstalling Windows and using the right CD.
Is it correct that all retail keys will work with any XP retail CD?
But what about OEM versions?
Is it that OEM's are bought in large numbers by big companies Dell, Packard Bell, Compaq.
Therfore you need there copy of an OEM CD to reinstall windows.
For example A Packard bell PC with a Windows OEM sticker on the side,
will only reinstall from a Windows Packard Bell OEM CD.
If that's correct is there any file changes I can make to create a... multi flavoured CD?
Hope you can help