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Reinstalling Windows Cp With A Dell Reinstall Disk

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#1 jetguer


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Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:07 PM

I don't have a dell computer but I want to know if I can reinstall windows xp with a windows xp reinstall cd that says "for dell pcs only"?

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 03:09 PM

I highly doubt it will work at all
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 03:25 PM

Disregarding the licensing problems and the End User Licensing Agreeement (EULA) violations, you might be able to.

I say might because most of the manufacturer's reinstall cd's have built-in drivers that are specific to the hardware used by that manufacturer. Since your hardware is different, it may require additional drivers. Your install may be unable to complete or it may complete, but the missing drivers may not allow some of the hardware to work properly. You would need to get the proper drivers and load them in either during the part of the installation that asks you to load additional drivers, or after installation is complete.

Going back to the licensing and EULA issues, some of those re-install CD's expect particular key codes or license codes to be pulled from data coded into the Programmable Read Only Memory (PROM) that is programmed on a PROM chip located on the motherboard. If the CD expects an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license code, it may refuse to accept any non-OEM license code.

Not that I'm encouraging you to violate any license agreement or EULA violation, but the install disk will probably have most, if not all, of the standard well known hardware devices. It might work fine, but the only way to tell is to try it.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 04:04 PM

I think that you might be able to.

Back when various retailers were selling OEM (Dell, in particular) XP CDs dirt cheap...they were being sold as installable on any system.


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Posted 24 August 2008 - 06:03 PM

It depends on the Dell CD - some are locked to Dell systems.
Also, Ithe EULA will state something to the effect that it's only licensed for that PC.

If you wish to try it, that's on you. We can't offer support tho', as it would violate the EULA.
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