Are you in the market for a new copy of Windows 10? Perhaps you’re building a new PC from scratch or looking to move up from an older version of Windows. Maybe you’re looking to run a version of Windows alongside macOS or Linux? Whatever your reasons, a Windows 10 Professional 1-PC non-transferable license is a great choice.
The good news is an OEM license is cheaper than full retail versions – while they’re tied to a single PC and non-transferrable, they’re a great fit for many. Read on to discover why you should consider Windows 10 OEM and how to get a great deal on both Windows 10 Home OEM and Windows 10 Professional OEM.
Think Windows 10 Professional OEM and you’re probably assuming it’s an option for new system builders only. OEM licenses can be used on one machine – once installed and activated, they’re tied to that device, but otherwise work in exactly the same way as a full Windows 10 license: unlimited Windows reinstalls and access to all future Windows 10 updates, including the recent Spring 2021 Update.
In fact, Windows 10 OEM is perfect for any kind of fresh install you can think of. It’s the obvious choice for those building a new PC from scratch – the lower price means you save money on the cost of your build, which could be reinvested in more powerful hardware – but you may also need a fresh OEM license if you’ve upgraded your motherboard with a different model.
OEM is also a good choice if you’re looking to upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or even 7. XP and Vista users can’t simply upgrade their install to Windows 10 anyway, and while the option exists in Windows 7, it’s not recommended for compatibility and performance reasons. Take advantage of the update to install a fresh, pristine copy of Windows 10.
An OEM license also fits the bill should you want to run Windows alongside another operating system – either in a dual-boot configuration (such as a Boot Camp configuration on the Mac) or in a virtual environment such as VirtualBox, Parallels Desktop or VMware. In either event, it’s a more cost-effective choice than splashing out on a full retail license.
Windows 10 Professional includes features of Windows 10 Home, plus important business functionality for encryption, remote log-in, creating virtual machines, and more. Get fast start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done, plus innovative features like an all-new browser built for online action and Cortana, the more personal digital assistant.
If you already own Windows 10 Home, you can upgrade to Professional and benefit from the additional features such as BitLocker which offers system-wide data protection by encrypting your drives, including USB keys, protecting your work from third-party unauthorized access. Assigned Access which gives greater control over what users are able to do on a system, whilst Hyper-V allows you to run virtualized operating system within Windows without the need for extra software, such as an insider build of Windows 10, a Linux distribution and even older editions of Windows.
Remember, you can also use Windows 10 Professional on your Mac (using Boot Camp or virtually through Parallels or similar) or dual-boot on a Linux computer. The choice is yours.
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Review by Nick Peers.