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It seems one cannot buy a full retail version of Windows 8 pro? Even Best Buy sells just OEM versions and upgrades.
What's up. Are we no longer allowed to own and/or install Windows 8 ourselves?
As for the OEM versions to spite popular internet fokelore OEM IS NOT EXACTLY THE SAME AS RETAIL. And it's not just legalese either. There are some installation files that are missing in Win7pro64 that some applications use. You must have used the "OPK" kit to have those files included. They are included in the full retail version. And you must be a Microsoft partner to get the OPK. Nice catch!
OK, so now I have to buy a full retain version of Windows 7 pro because my $150 OEM version is not complete. And as I learned my lesson, I will buy the full retail version just like a good customer. And why not just go for Windows 8 as that is approved for my application as well.
But it seems you can't buy it. If it's true that Microsoft OEM versions are not legal to sell to end users, why does Best Buy and Staples carry them? I can understand some shady online store but these are top retailers? And as I have discovered an OEM version is not complete without the OPK which you cannot get as an end user.