OEM version are meant for purchase with a new PC at the same shop. But they dun practice this. And U dun get Technical support, which is not a big deal if u know DIY & stuff. Other than that, no diff from Box version. Just that u save $ lor.
U can shop ard SL for the best price. Most are around $240 for XP Pro. Home version is less than $200. Forgot the price liao. I got it in Mar'05.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
Pro version is more for networking. Easlier to network 2 or more PC at home.
Btw, u can check out the diff at Microsoft site.
My advice is to get the Pro version. OS can last u a few yr, $240 is not a ex investment.
Hmm from the differences I read, dun think I will need the extra features that come with XP Pro. Looks more like for businesses and those who are into computers... But if the price diff isn'tt much, I think I will settle for the Pro version.