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Windows XP Home - Need Licensed Copy


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#1 Justa

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 05:44 PM

I have a friend who was given a Dell Dimension 4400 without a hard drive. He would like me to replace the hard drive and install an operating system for him. The Windows XP license number is still on the tower. Would Dell provide a copy of the installation discs for XP to a second owner under these conditions or do I need to buy a copy of XP Home and then manually install the drivers? My friend is on a very tight budget and the basic goal is to provide a legal licensed copy of XP Home with the necessary drivers for this machine.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 06:13 PM

Would Dell provide a copy of the installation discs for XP to a second owner


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If someone you know has a XP Home CD you can use it and when prompted for the key, use the one off the sticker, as long as it is also XP Home
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 06:16 PM

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In theory, the hard drive that was originally in the Dell PC could now be in another PC, meaning that the licence number you have is still in use.
I think the only way out of this problem is to purchase another copy of XP Home Edition.
So long as you know the model number of the Dell PC you have, you can go to the Dell website and download all the drivers that you need.
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 06:37 PM

The part I wasn't sure about is that I thought the XP license key supplied was tied to the computer and not the hard drive. Isn't it a violation of an OEM license to move a hard drive with the operating system to a different computer and use it on that machine?

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 07:18 PM

You'll have to get a lawyer to interpret the EULA's from both Microsoft and Dell in order to get an answer to that question.
Call Dell and get a replacement set of CD's from them - that's the cheapest way to get the media and it'll have the drivers included (which will save you a bunch of time).

After that, it's a matter of interpretation. IMO (and I haven't studied this), the XP license is tied to the Dell hardware - not just the hard drive. FWIW - I've seen that Dell PC's seem to use a "universal" Product Key on their OEM installations - and that it doesn't coincide with the key that's printed on the computer.
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