Buy 1 pack or 3 pack? (XP Pro x64)

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Rich Olver, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. Rich Olver

    Rich Olver Guest

    I have a dual opteron system, and I'm going to install XP Pro x64
    on. Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of different ways to buy it.
    I see that a OEM version is way cheaper, but I'm going to stay away
    from that.
    Also I see that I can get a 1 pack version, or a 3 pack. The one
    with 3 CD's is a lot more expensive. I can't find out why. My best
    guess is that the 3 pack has 3 licenses for 3 different computers. Am I
    right? Or is something else going on?


    Rich Olver
    Rich Olver, Nov 24, 2006
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  2. There is no retail edition of XP Pro x64. All copies are OEM. Without the
    link I cannot be certain but it sounds like three copies of x64 and that
    would be for three computers.
    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 24, 2006
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  3. You can't. WinXPx64 is available *only* as an OEM license. Anyone
    claiming to sell something else is running a scam.

    These are OEM licenses sold to systems builders that permit the
    purchaser to resell them along with the computers he builds.

    Because it contains 3 licenses, to be installed upon and resold with 3
    separate computers. Think of it this way: Can you take your family to a
    local restaurant, feed them all separate meals from the menu, and pay
    for only one entree? If you purchase a single loaf of bread, can you
    leave the store with four loaves?

    Yes, although I can't imagine why you'd have to "guess" about something
    that's marketed expressly for that purpose.


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    Bruce Chambers, Nov 24, 2006
  4. OEM 3 packs are quite common. It's just meant to make it slightly easier
    for a small OEM to buy "in bulk".

    It's 3 licences for 3 PCs.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Nov 24, 2006
  5. Rich Olver

    John Barnes Guest

    It is also available in the educational version. Several here have
    purchased same as it is being sold by some vendors without proper
    John Barnes, Nov 24, 2006
  6. Rich Olver

    DP Guest

    Just to clarify, for the benefit of the OP: Is it one disk and three
    licenses, or is it three duplicate disks each -- obviously -- with their own

    I think I've seen it both ways.
    DP, Nov 24, 2006
  7. You get three cd's. A volume purchase.

    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 24, 2006
  8. It's always been 3 CDs, 3 "welcome to XP" booklets, 3 COAs separated into
    3 shrink-wrap packages (of one of each item) ready for including in a
    shipping box and one OEM PreInstallation Kit when I've ordered.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Nov 25, 2006
  9. Rich Olver

    DP Guest

    OK. I thought maybe there was a product that offered one disk, but several
    licenses, like for IT environments with multiple computers.
    DP, Nov 25, 2006
  10. No, it is not a volume licensing item.

    Colin Barnhorst, Nov 25, 2006
  11. That would be a volume licencing agreement.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Nov 25, 2006
  12. Rich Olver

    Guest Guest

    It is also available as a Volume License product for Businesses.
    Guest, Nov 25, 2006
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