Latest reports shows that Microsoft might be planning to force those users who are not running a Windows PC to install the manufacture version of Windows 8. If that is a fact, these users will be facing some serious drawbacks.
Normally, people buy Windows operating systems through one of two different ways, which includes, buying a PC with Windows OS pre-loaded, or by upgrading the existing version of Windows operating system to a newer one, in this case Windows 8 upgrade.
Those who are affected by the reported policy change are those who are either building their own computers from the scratch, or the ones who are running their computer on other operating systems like Linux. They form a very small group of people.
OEM edition of Windows 8
This small group was, in the past, forced to purchase a full and quiet expensive version of Windows, or be without it.
However, things are a bit different in the case of Windows 8, wherein Microsoft will be allowing people to of this group to but an Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) edition of Windows 8, instead.
Traditionally, this version of operating system is delivered only to the PC manufacturers. The good thing about this version is that it is priced low, as manufactures buy the OS software in bulk quantities.
If such sales are allowed of Windows 8 launch, this will be a great relaxation made to the industry and usual policies of the software giant.
OEM might be cheaper but not the best
Even though OEM editions of Windows 8 are cheaper, they have some real drawbacks. OEM operating systems are mostly written for a specific motherboard, which is the spine of the computer that connects to the memory of your system, hard drive, disc drive, and other components.
This means that a person purchasing an OEM edition for a particular computer might not be able to use the same copy on a different
computer, which is something you can do it with the retail versions.
Unlike those, opting for the Windows 8 upgrade or buy a retail copy of the same, OEM editions comes with zero support from Microsoft.
However, experts are suggesting that these limitations imposed on the OEM edition can change in the future.
That is all with the information regarding the OEM edition of Windows 8. Thanks for your time!