What is the difference between Windows OEM key and Retail key? Why is OEM key so cheap?

alexrico

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What is the difference between Windows OEM key and Retail key? Why is OEM key so cheap?
 

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Hello Alex, and welcome. :)

An OEM key is cheaper since it is not transferable to another computer. Once activated on a computer, it can only be used to activate that specific computer and no other.

A retail key is transferable to another computer.

Keys are tied to the motherboard, so if you change the motherboard, it's the same as a different computer.
 

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