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    Question re Roxio's Easy Media Creator 7

    I'm thinking I should get the title CD as I now have ECDC 5 and apparently it is not readily compatible with XP SP2 which I also have. Roxio is charging $79 + shipping if I buy from Roxio online, but I notice that if I get an OEM copy I can get it online for $9.20 with free shipping.

    What's the difference between the two types...is it that the more expensive version would include updates since the OEM version? OR WHAT?

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    Quite accidentally I happened to discover the difference per an online retailer, globe2000.com (this happened to be through www.pricegrabber.com) OEM is "a new item but in bulk packaging" (not like in a bricks and mortar store packaging.)

    And an individual had asked a question about OEM, suggested in his query that OEM meant a manual (if included with the 'new' type) was not included with an OEM.

    'New' is defined by"Perfect condition, never used. Item must be delivered in an unopened original package."

    Used - very good, used-good and used-acceptable were also defined by this globe2000. Are these US-wide standaards? I don't know.
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    The two different versions are usually called "Retail" or "OEM"...

    Retail is usually bought online or actually in a shop and comes with a nice packaged Box and CD, some come with hard-copy manual, but these days they are usually PDF. You pay high price for this type as you are paying for Packaging, Advertising, Store Markup etc.

    Now, OEM software means it is usually bundled with other software or hardware. Best example would be OEM version of Windows XP which comes pre-loaded on a new store bought Computer. That OEM is tied to the PC box, if you throw the computer out, you loose the license... but if you bought a bare PC, and bought Retail XP, then you can install XP on another computer when you throw the old one out!

    OEM is usually a lot cheaper since it is bundled, and the manufacture splits the revenue between the products. For CD software, OEM version will usually come when you purchase a CD burner and is usually tied to that particular brand of CD drive. Ie You might not be able to install an OEM Software from Sony onto a PC with a Pioneer drive

    Your best bet would be to find out what the company defines OEM bundle to be, do you have to buy a whole new PC to get OEM software - most times NO, but you make need to purchase 'something' else

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    Came across this message on the Roxio site ECDC 5 user group--about basic versions. Maybe you can generalize about basic versions from what it says, which might be useful should you be thinking of purchasing directly an OEM or Basic version CD since they cost less than the "full" version: in my case $10 vs $70. "Most times the version installed on a new computer is the basic version which does not allow the use of functions. It is a kind of test drive or ad to get you to purchase the complete version."

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