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Monday, February 1, 2010

Windows: Is it oem or retail?

I have a bunch of Windows installs, and I can't tell if they are OEM or Retail installs. Usually they are OEM, but sometimes I'm surprised. There is a quick and easy way to tell (within Windows) if it's OEM or retail:

  1. Go to My Computer -> Properties -> General
  2. Check under the "Registered to:" field and look at the product ID, which is separated into 4 groups of characters
  3. If the 2nd group is all numbers, it is Retail, otherwise it will say OEM
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