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#1 Steve_Irwin

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:39 PM

Hi there,
My friend's computer is broken, and apparently, he lost his windows installation cd. We both have Dell, and I have a installation cd that says "not drivers", so I was wondering if I can use this to fix his computer? My cd was from a Dell desktop about eight years ago, and his is about 2-3 years ago. Thanks for helping. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:38 AM

Both computers would need to be using the same version of Windows, XP Pro or XP Home. You will need the drivers for that specific model.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 07:49 PM

Both computers would need to be using the same version of Windows, XP Pro or XP Home. You will need the drivers for that specific model.

Version as in Service Packs? I think we both use Windows Xp home, but would it really matter since I'm reformatting it anyways? Thanks again :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:37 AM

If you have an XP Home license...you need to use an XP Home CD for the install.

If you have an XP Pro license...you need to use an XP Pro CD for the install.

XP Pro and XP Home are different versions of XP.

SP levels only come into play when doing repair installs or running sfc /scannow.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:59 AM

You can get a free CD from Dell. Only took a couple of days for them to deliver it thru the mail for my 3 year old computer.
See info in link below. You will also need to download the drivers to a CD or other medium as the Dell CD will not have
the drivers needed to go online. The drivers will come with their own installer. There is a link to Dell drivers in the link below.
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...&redirect=1
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:14 PM

Umm I don't know wheres my license, but it seems like every time I install it with the XP cd it automatically registers. Would it work for the other computer? I heard that if there's two registered licenses it wouldn't work. Thanks again!

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:57 PM

The certification of authentication will be on the case. It is a twenty character alphanumerical code. Each one is specific to the computer that it was applied to, there are no OEM multiple licenses.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:32 PM

The certification of authentication will be on the case. It is a twenty character alphanumerical code. Each one is specific to the computer that it was applied to, there are no OEM multiple licenses.

Oh ok, so if we were running different versions of XP that was installed it wouldn't work? Thanks :thumbsup:




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