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Purchasing Oem Xp Pro


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#1 swebb32_99

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:42 PM

Has anyone had any luck in purchasing XP from one of these 'bulk online' retailers. I know that the pirated software can be/is bad for a number of reasons, but I'm if anyone legitimately sells the software this cheap. I recently had to reinstall my operating system and my XP cd wouldn't start on bootup, so I had to install another OS first. I was able to download the XP boot files, but there's no floppy on the laptop and I couldn't figure out how to make a bootable installation cd. A legitimate site list the price at $250+, but the other site has it as $60. Also, I have a System Builder XP Preinstall CD that came with my other computer, but I couldn't figure out how to install the system. Any help/suggestions would be great.


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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:15 PM

OEM and/or retail versions of XP can be had from various bona fide sellers:

http://www.bizrate.com/operatingsystems/mi...m__sort--6.html

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/ca...672|&Sort=4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....amp;Order=PRICE

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:59 PM

these are actually the 3 sites i was referring to. i noticed that bizrate had the lowest prices, but it comes from someone else. i already have the oem preinstall version but couldn't figure out how to use it. the person who built my other computer gave it to me in case anything went wrong, but i wanted to make that i got the right kind since my copy of xp won't install on bootup.

is possible that ms would provide another since this is a real copy that is now bad (i guess)?

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:34 PM

I don't know what a preinstall version of an O/S is...but I'm pretty sure that it's of no value to anyone who desires to install a bona fide copy of XP in 2008.

The OEM and retail versions of XP have all that a user needs.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:54 PM

Wonder if the 'preinstall O/S' Isn't the preinstall tools mentioned here? That consist of "The OPK tools—such as Setup Manager, the System Preparation Tool (SysPrep), and WinPE—are located on a separate CD in the 3-packs and available only through Microsoft Authorized Distributors. The tools are not available for download."

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 08:43 PM

Wonder if the 'preinstall O/S' Isn't the preinstall tools mentioned here? That consist of "The OPK tools—such as Setup Manager, the System Preparation Tool (SysPrep), and WinPE—are located on a separate CD in the 3-packs and available only through Microsoft Authorized Distributors. The tools are not available for download."


that's exactly what it is! I was able to read some of the .doc files to get going, but it seemed like it is for mass retailers or builders. I need to reinstall my son's OS, so hopefully my regular XP Pro will work this time.

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