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I have a question I hope someone can answer today if possible. I have an unopened CD OF XP PRO that came with a dell computer for work.

I built my own system at home and was wondering does the CD from the Dell computer look for a signature on the board stating it is a DELL.

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Hope to see an answer soon as I am going to try it tonight.

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bob is it just an XP cd or is it a recovery cd with xp for the O/S?


If its just a CD i would assume you would be able to use it.. does it have the product Key on listed on the CD?
 

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There are somethings that come from Dell that are serialized to be on Dell computers only, but that typically is only the add on stuff. The OS stuff can be installed anywhere. Most likely it is a standard Microsoft CD with the appropriate license key.
 

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OEM editions of the operating system are only licensed by Microsoft for use on the system with which they were originally used. Any other use constitutes software piracy.

In any event, the CD's are usually locked to a specific model number and will not install on a different system.

I hate to be a stick in the mud, but it's a legality issue, and the tractorforum.com owner(s) could be declared liable in court if you guys start discussing methods of bypassing the controls.
 

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Originally posted by steventhomas42
OEM editions of the operating system are only licensed by Microsoft for use on the system with which they were originally used. Any other use constitutes software piracy.

In any event, the CD's are usually locked to a specific model number and will not install on a different system.

I hate to be a stick in the mud, but it's a legality issue, and the tractorforum.com owner(s) could be declared liable in court if you guys start discussing methods of bypassing the controls.

I wouldnt worry about it...open forum, freedom of speech, etc..
besides nobody here posted key a generator or instructions on how to operate one...besides if he has a Corp CD version, he can use it on as many machines as he wanted (like the good old days)....Oh, by the way the key generators exist - anybody in need of a key? Just do a Internet search...

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Originally posted by ducati996
IOh, by the way the key generators exist - Ducati

I dont need a key.. but whats the generator do? im guessing it gives you a key #, but does it still go to MS for verification?

plus i sort of always assume MS is verifying my key # when i do updates...
 

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If it has the Dell logo on the disk, then it's only a recovery disk. IIRC, it doesn't contain all the needed .CAB & .DLL files on it to do a fresh install. They're designed to be used to to a 'repair' install on a machine that came preloaded with XP. Those OEM HDDs are all prepared before shipping from cloned drive images.

Besides, even if it did load up you'd need a product key to complete activation with MS.

p.s. most of the keygen hacks available on the 'net are already 'flagged' as invalid in the online activation DB AND in the call center's computer as well.

Just check Newegg.com & zipzoomfly.com for sales on XP. You can currently get XP-Home for $87, but I've seen them as cheap as $50 (as long as you buy 'hardware' - liberally defined as a $1 CD audio patch cord).

HTH!
Angel
 
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