Quote: Originally Posted by whs
You can use an OEM, but buy it from a reputable place like e.g. Newegg. I use their OEMs all the time with no problems. A lot cheaper than retail.
There's a world of difference between 'can' and 'it's a good thing'!
OEM licenses are not transferable to a new machine (even a new VM) under any circumstances, so if this one breaks even 2 minutes after activating an OEM license there is NO way to transfer it to another machine.
ALSO, the OEM System Builder License - which you agree to when you open the pack and BEFORE you start the install - states specifically that installations MUST be for a third party. MS could theoretically prosecute anyone who installs an OEM license for their own use.
OEM Licenses have no support from MS (OK, even retail license support only lasts for 90 days, but those 90 days are critical for most people) - the System Builder is expected to provide the support - which is another reason that they are so much cheaper than Retail licenses.