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OEM system builder software

By resu
Jul 10, 2007
  1. I was looking on ebuyer.co.uk today and i have decided to give my old system an upgrade before i may the leap to a pci-e and 64 bit system. (i know i shouldve built a new system alread y but im waiting for the new gta etc :D)

    anyway i like my old rig:
    3200xp (OCed)
    1gb ram
    180x2 hdd
    5200fx gfx card (AGP)

    ive found a nice 7800gs 256mb AGP card goin for £89 so im gonna buy that
    and i was looking at finally geting a legit OS for it ;)
    i found Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 SP2B (Release 2) OEM 1PK CD for £70 and as my lappy is running MC and i love it
    i would love to turn my desktop into a media center eventually once i build my new gamer machine :D

    anyway with regards to OEM system builder software: someone has told me that unless i am a registered system builder i will have no support with this software...? im not really to fussed about teh support because i think i can handle windows now :p
    but i was also told if its not registered with a system builder then i dont qualify for MS downloads i.e media player 11, OS updates and service packs!


    i just want to know is this true?

    i mean it seems ridiculous that i can buy the software without having to be registered but i cant actually use it legally !?! :(

    i hope this whole thing isn't true because i don't wanna be spending loads more on a retail edition OS :mad:


    thanks for your time
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Hum. And how would the user be able to download the updates once they have bought their system from the builder?
     
  3. resu

    resu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 172

    i dunno lol
    i spose the builder registers it and so the end user doesnt have to do anything after buying?

    do you think i can prolly buy and update etc as usual then?
     
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