What are the pros and cons of both the OEM version of windows and the full version of windows, and which one do you prefer?
OEM: one time use, imbeded in the mobo so the copy is only valid on the original mobo it was used on
FULL: mulit use and the key is transferable with other pc's assuming you use the same MS account.
I prefer Full because i wont have to worry about my mobo frying and having to buy another copy
um... not so sure, but i dont recommend that, you could end up waisting money
Still even if its covered by the warranty that could be 100$ down the drain because you'll have to re buy windows
isn't windows retail $199 vs like $90 for OEM?
So you're paying double anyway up front just IN CASE you fry your MB? what are the chances that ever happens? Have never had a dead MB in 20 years of computing.
This is true. Replace the same mobo model,* call up Microsoft, they'll verify, and you'll be activated.
Microsoft can be ruthless about patent rights, but they're not stupid enough to devalue their OEM version.
*[Applies for the same model only. Can't use an OEM key on a Gigabyte H110 and later try to activate on a Gigabyte Z170--or on a Asus H110].
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