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    Default Selection of operating system

    I have a HP8903 desktop computer with a formatted hard drive(no operating
    system) and wish to install a windows xp pro operating system.

    From that ,I am enquiring if any one could advise me as to which version
    should be installed, the OEM or the full retail version of windows xp pro.

    The original recovery disks are not available. Thank you for any assistance
    Williamabc

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    Hi OP,

    OEM will have all the driver preloaded, HP proprietary software and other software that was bundled with your machine when you first bought it. Also the windows xp pro license that you have is licensed under that OEM as well.

    If you don't mind doing the leg work(downloading the drivers from HP's support page), missing out on any bundled software or not obtaiing hp specific support software, you could do the retail version. Although it depends on the original license aggreement, unless you have a seperate license.

    Thanks

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    Default Re operating system selection for hp8903

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    Thank you for your reply . williamabc