What is the difference between OEM and retail setup disc in Windows 7?

What is the difference between retail setup disc and OEM setup disc? How can i find whether manufacturer has installed windows from OEM or retail disc in my PC?
My Q2 is : can i upgrade my current windows 7 professional to windows 7 ultimate from a windows 7 ultimate setup disc?
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The retail and OEM setup disc are identifical, it is the licensing that differentiates them.

OEM - tied to the first computer it is installed on and cannot be moved to another computer.

Retail - can be transferred to another computer as long as it is removed from the current computer.

To determine if you have an OEM license installed.

Click Start, right click Computer

Click Properties

Scroll down to Windows Activation

Where your Product ID is displayed, look at the PID It will look something like this

XXXXX-XXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXX, the portion you are interested in is the three X's section, if it says OEM, then its an OEM license. Example XXXXX-OEM-XXXXXXX-XXXXX

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Andre
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Can i upgrade my current windows 7 pro to windows 7 ultimate


You can purchase a genuine full license for Windows 7 at the following link:

Windows 7 - version comparisons:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare-editions

MS Store Prices for Windows 7:

http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Windows-7/category/102

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