What does OEM software mean?
I've seen this on a lot of hardware and software packaging, but what does it mean?
- StanleyLv 43 years agoFavorite Answer
OEM (original equipment manufacturer) software is only distributed when sold with specified accompanying hardware. When these programs are copied and/or sold separately from the hardware, it is a violation of the license with the software publisher, and therefore illegal.
Basically it's software given to 3rd party companies to sell, but sold to these companies at a cheaper price. For example DELL, is sold Windows XP from Microsoft for a cheaper price, thus being OEM software when it is installed with your DELL computer.
- SRΛSCLv 73 years ago
OEM is original equipment manufacturer.
So, for example if an Apple computer is the computer you have then anything software-wise they make would be OEM.