Dell Windows XP CD?

Gryfon19

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I am moving to a Mac and my previous Dell PC came with their Windows XP install disk that I have used before to re-install the OS. Can I use this same CD to install Windows XP on my Mini to use in conjunction with BootCamp? Thanks!
 

Dustman

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I've done it on a PowerPC mac (VirtualPC Mac) and it does work. I have it removed from my dell, so it's kinda legal, except I think the license says since it's OEM it can only be used on the system it was licensed to. If you have problems with activation (as i did) then there are workarounds availible around the internet, not that i promote the illegal stuff.
 

gkarris

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Yes, it will work. But, you will need to activate Windows. You will need the number off the sticker from the Dell machine. You will also need to transfer the sticker to the Mac.

I think MS lets you do this only once.

You MUST take Windows and the sticker off the Dell machine...
 

sndcj1

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I haven't done that to a mac, but using the dell OEM cd in a dell computer works fine, using a dell OEM cd in a non dell computer installs as a unlicensed copy, requiring you to activate the product (in my case, typing in the key on the side of the box that did not have a restore disk, but did have a license). Potentially, you would be able to use the key on the computer you are moving from to get it to work, but then you run in to the legal question. OEM licenses have different rules than full install copies. So as to whether it will actually work, i'll say a strong probably, I'll leave any other questions up to you...
 

Sounds Good

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Are you guys talking about the green "Reinstallation CD" that came with the Dell computer?

If so, this is fantastic news, since I'm thinking about switching to a Mac but will still need to use XP.
 

plinden

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I am moving to a Mac and my previous Dell PC came with their Windows XP install disk that I have used before to re-install the OS. Can I use this same CD to install Windows XP on my Mini to use in conjunction with BootCamp? Thanks!
This has been debated ad nauseum since the Intel Mac release.

Yes, technically it will most likely work. If it doesn't you can use something like nliteos on another windows PC to slipstream an XP install disk that will work (you can make as many copies of XP as you want) ... however ...

You will need the number off the sticker from the Dell machine. You will also need to transfer the sticker to the Mac.

I think MS lets you do this only once.

You MUST take Windows and the sticker off the Dell machine...
This is totally false. The OEM license is specific to that one machine. Even if you build your own PC and use an OEM version of XP you are not entitled to move it to another machine. Not even once. Not even if you put the PC through a blender so it can never be used again. Moving the sticker doesn't make it legal and doesn't protect you from any consequences there may be.

On the other hand, plenty of people have reactivated an OEM disk and there are not likely to be any consequences once you've activated it successfully. If it doesn't activate automatically, you can phone up and ask for a reactivation. If you say you replaced the MB, Microsoft probably won't argue.

But if you want to follow the EULA, you must buy a separate OEM license for each computer you install it on (you can use the same install disk though).
 

gkarris

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This has been debated ad nauseum since the Intel Mac release.

Yes, technically it will most likely work. If it doesn't you can use something like nliteos on another windows PC to slipstream an XP install disk that will work (you can make as many copies of XP as you want) ... however ...



This is totally false. The OEM license is specific to that one machine. Even if you build your own PC and use an OEM version of XP you are not entitled to move it to another machine. Not even once. Not even if you put the PC through a blender so it can never be used again. Moving the sticker doesn't make it legal and doesn't protect you from any consequences there may be.

On the other hand, plenty of people have reactivated an OEM disk and there are not likely to be any consequences once you've activated it successfully. If it doesn't activate automatically, you can phone up and ask for a reactivation. If you say you replaced the MB, Microsoft probably won't argue.

But if you want to follow the EULA, you must buy a separate OEM license for each computer you install it on (you can use the same install disk though).
The best thing is to call MS. On older Dells and others, the sticker just say "Windows XP Professional", yes, on newer machines (like on my IBM Thinkpad right now), it says "Windows XP Professional, IBM Corporation". The new Dells say, "Dell Computer". You will need to call MS to see what is going on... be honest, that's the best...