Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:51 PM
My understanding is this:
A PC with a COA owns a copy of the OS that the COA states - whether or not the actual CDs accompany that PC.
An unbranded (Dell, HP, etc.) set of OEM (not retail) CDs for that same OS may be legally used to install that OS on the COA-bearing machine, provided the COA key is used during the install.
This understanding has been confirmed to me by Dynamism, the company that originally sold this particular subnotebook. BTW, they do the above every day to notebooks they purchase in Japan which run Japanese OSs.
My question then is, since my XP Pro Media Center 2005 CDs are OEM, can they (not may they) be used to install just XP Pro, leaving out the Media Center application?