Really dumb question

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You can use either, but the OEM one is limited to 3 installs. The more expensive retail one can be re-installed as many times as you like.
 
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Thats the main difference, but the retail one contains copies of both 32 and 64 bit versions of windows, the OEM one appears to only be the 64 bit. But if all you want is the 64 bit one, the other disk is unnecessary.

Edit: By installs, i mean installs on new hardware. iirc if you dont change your hardware and re-install it doesnt count. If you change your motherboard or a number of other components, you use one of your 3 activations.
 
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You can use either, but the OEM one is limited to 3 installs. The more expensive retail one can be re-installed as many times as you like.

Thats not true.

OEM can be installed as many times as you like, providing it is always on the same computer.

Retail can be installed as many times as you like, on any computer, providing only one instance of it is installed at any one time.

Also, OP you sig is too big
 
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