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Dell XP disc or XP disc for refurbished PCs in a new PC

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March 5, 2011 6:51:30 AM

I'm building my first PC and I got the last parts ordered yesterday, but now I've read that a Dell OEM installation of Windows XP, what I have on my HD right now, might not work with my new motherboard (Asrock) because the BIOS is different. The problem is that no matter where I read about it, it's mostly people saying it *shouldn't* work, which implies they didn't/couldn't actually try it, some give neutral answers about having varied success, and everyone else just complains about OEM products or Microsoft's EULA. All the computers I have access to are Dells so I can't test it for myself. Does anyone have any experience with this?

I also have the XP disc that came with my current Dell which says "For Refurbished PCs", and my brother used it on his IBM without any problems as long as he used my product key, but his computer is also refurbished and both were bought from the same place. So if it worked on two completely different machines, and the letters OEM aren't on the disc or the stickers on my case, does that mean I can use it like a retail XP disc? Or is there something special about refurbished PCs too?
March 5, 2011 2:32:30 PM

Zedalu said:
I'm building my first PC and I got the last parts ordered yesterday, but now I've read that a Dell OEM installation of Windows XP, what I have on my HD right now, might not work with my new motherboard (Asrock) because the BIOS is different. It is true, the Dell XP disk is tied to the BIOS on the Dell system for which the disk was created using a "BIOS lock." The problem is that no matter where I read about it, it's mostly people saying it *shouldn't* work, which implies they didn't/couldn't actually try it, some give neutral answers about having varied success, and everyone else just complains about OEM products or Microsoft's EULA. All the computers I have access to are Dells so I can't test it for myself. Does anyone have any experience with this? See above.

I also have the XP disc that came with my current Dell which says "For Refurbished PCs", and my brother used it on his IBM without any problems as long as he used my product key, but his computer is also refurbished and both were bought from the same place. So if it worked on two completely different machines, and the letters OEM aren't on the disc or the stickers on my case, does that mean I can use it like a retail XP disc? The MS EULA for XP OEM allows the installation of XP on one computer, and the OEM license dies when the original computer dies. Retail can be transferred to another computer, if the first computer dies. Neither can be used on two computers at the same time. You need to buy an XP license (disk) for your new computer to comply with MS's EULA. Or is there something special about refurbished PCs too?
See above.
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March 5, 2011 5:00:00 PM

Here is my experience:

Dell Windows media will in fact work on other manufacturer's computers, provided that you have a valid OEM product key for whatever version you're installing. You'll likely have to call MS to activate, but on the occasions I tried it, I never had to speak to anyone live... the automated attendant verified my product ID and gave me an activation code. I've done this with a Dell XP MCE disc (since I don't have an ISO for a generic OEM MCE) and an Acer computer.

Now, if you attempt to use the Dell product key, that will most likely not work.
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November 28, 2011 11:34:59 AM

I was also searching for a refurbished pc. I wanted it for a backup computer.
Purchased it from "ElectroComputerWarehouse" and the product id is "dell_280_2.8/500_tower"
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