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Windows Thread, Installing XP on wiped machine in Technical; I've recently taken delivery of some 2nd hand Dell desktops from 1st Technologies. They have been completely wiped but come ...
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    Installing XP on wiped machine

    I've recently taken delivery of some 2nd hand Dell desktops from 1st Technologies.

    They have been completely wiped but come with a Windows XP Pro sticker on the side but with no installation media.

    Can you just install XP Pro from another manufacturers CD and then just activate it OK?

    Or will I have to get hold of a volume licence CD and key from our county licence supplier?

    Help!!!

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    The COA sticker on the case has a valid OEM product key - this should be usable with any OEM media. The alternative is to use a volume license disc and VLK.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    You are one step ahead of me Simon. Hoping to have my desktops from 1st tech soon. Glad you asked though as i'd probably have wondered the same thing.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    The only potential problem you're likely to have is if the OEM disk you plan to use is different in some significant way from the one that the key matches.. eg: SP1 key with SP2 disk won't work..

    Not sure about the OEM manufacturer side of things if there's any differences there but if nothing else you can always install using a key of your own that suits your disk and then reset the key when it's all happy later using one of the various tools I understand are out there for the purpose.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    @ric
    Ta -I'll give it a go with a DELL LfT CD and see what happens

    regards

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    Had an issue with using a Compaq CD on an NEC laptop but this may have been a SP issue as the NEC came with 1a and the Compaq didn't

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    I've tried using othe OEM disc on differnet Manufacturers and not had much luck.

    I've tried Acer, Compaq, Toshiba, Evesham and Dell OEM discs in each other without much success.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    When you buy the computers from Ist tech are you paying for the license? If not wouldn't you have to buy a new xp lic?

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb
    When you buy the computers from Ist tech are you paying for the license? If not wouldn't you have to buy a new xp lic?
    Yes, the machines come with an XP Pro COA, which is partly what makes them such a good deal. They just don't come with any operating system pre-installed.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    OEM licenses 'belong' to the PC and stay with it until death.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    The issue is with the way OEMs alter the OS installation disc to add in specific drivers and the like. I believe that all DELL ones are the same though (whether it be from a desktop or laptop).

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    OEM licenses 'belong' to the PC and stay with it until death.
    Which, in a school, probably won't be that long away.

    I watched a class pack up in the ICT Suite last week and one of the pupils was asked to shut down all the computers (no idea why the individual pupils can't do it) so he went around and turned them all off at the sockets (without shutting them down first)!! Is it any wonder I have three computers in there with broken hard drives?

    Sorry for taking this off topic... just felt like ranting.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    Quote Originally Posted by _Bat_
    I watched a class pack up in the ICT Suite last week and one of the pupils was asked to shut down all the computers (no idea why the individual pupils can't do it) so he went around and turned them all off at the sockets (without shutting them down first)!! Is it any wonder I have three computers in there with broken hard drives?
    Ah, the advantages of solid-state thin client devices

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    @ Simon just get hold of the VLK CD and the serial from that centre you love so much. Saves alot of hassle as long as your machines are licenced for XP.

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    Re: Installing XP on wiped machine

    HP OEM CDs only work on HP machines and they are fussy at times on them. I just use a Volume Disk on them all, I own the XP licences so whats the issue.

    As for the SP1 COA and media issue, so long as you are upgrading IE the Disk is an SP2 OEM disk it will work fine with an original XP COA. My machine at home as an original XP COA and I now use an XP Pro SP2 media disk on it

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