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    Default installing windows xp

    Could I install a copy of windows xp I got with my Dell computer in a non-dell computer, specifically custom built? I browsed through the files on the disk, and even though it says dell backup copy, there are no files with the dell name on the disk? If any could inform me, I would be greatful, thanks.

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    Default Hope this helps !! :)

    Microsoft licensing for OEM versions is non-transferrable and must remain with the hardware it was purchased with. This is Microsoft's requirement, not Dell's.

    If you want full transferrability of an OS, then pay the extra and get a full version and not an OEM version

    Dell dose this by using a co branded license and Key code, if you want the cheap way out (and legal) purchase a new license and key code from Microsoft

    It seems that the Dell Cd's do a BIOS check with the computer
    that you are trying to install it on. It doesn't look for hardware
    configuration it looks for a signature from what they say and
    it will not install on another non-dell PC.

    The others have said it is illegal and when you try to activate
    the OS it will probably shoot back an invalid Product Key error.


    It would have to be a system rigourously configured to that of the exact system the disc is copyrighted for I.E. all same dell parts. you see you have the motherboard oem tyrp and revision, hard disk, cpu type and revision, mem, soundcard and so on. in any case you are just as well to save yourself an impossible task and buy the full retail version. in any case it is illegal!!!
    Last edited by jamie_horwood; 07-06-2004 at 06:49 AM.
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    im surprised you even got an xp disc with your dell. most oems just provide a recovery disc which will only work on the original hardware
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    Yes, its just usually a GHOST disc with the basic image, and thats if ure lucky now. you usually have to pay deep into ure pocket to include discs as an optional extra. I personally hate OEMS. for one advantage i give. good for consumers who generally want a pre built computer. They are usually poorly configured though, and often the not as well known manufacturers have been known to put cheap parts in em. most of teh time the drivers are the incorrect drivers for your computer and they too are hard to purchase. talking to your techie support is like talking to a brick wall. But the best way is to build your own creation, that way is certainly more exhilirating, more fun, and you gain better experience. the most important thing is

    with your own computer you know where you stand
    you know your breed inside out
    you can build any spec you like
    possibilties are far more exciting
    take credit for your pride an joy


    THUMBS UP TO DO IT YOURSELF
    Last edited by jamie_horwood; 07-06-2004 at 07:12 AM.
    Lian LI PC60
    (2 intake 80mm ADDA/3
    exhaust 80mm ADDA)
    EG465P-VE Enermax Dual fan PSU 465watt
    Asus A7N8X Dx ver2.0 C1007 latest bios
    AthlonXp 3200+ Barton
    Xms Corsair 3700PT TwinX paired 2x512@200mhz
    200mhz X 11.0 = 2.205GIG
    creative audigy 2
    Asus V8460 U Ti 4600 Dx
    CPU full load 28C
    Case full load 24C
    Western D HDD 120gb
    XP Professional current best- crap
    11682 marks=xp best performance settings @ 2500+ 166mhz x 11.0X = 1.83GIG

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