Question Re: XP Licence

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

I am thinking about buying a used, off lease Dell Inspiron 8200.

The computer has a Windows XP Pro Licence Sticker on the bottom
of the machine. However, It is a corporate, off lease computer, so their
IT department wiped the HD before they returned it to the leasing Co, who
sold it to a computer distributor that I may buy it from.

The system did not come with an XP Pro install disk, nor any other way to
"re-image" the computer from a restore disk. I have done corporate
deployments
myself, and these things usually go in the garbage during the deployment
cycle. Also
for security reasons, they would wipe the HD including the hidden restore
partition.

I have an OEM copy of XP Pro SP1 on my desktop computer. Using my own
install disk, am I now allowed to install it twice? Once using the Key for
my Desktop
and a second time using the separate key on the bottom of the Dell?


Thank You
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Yep. The media is meaningless. It is the COA sticker that matters.

    Tom
    "me" <me@me.com> wrote in message
    news:xcwqd.4842$kI6.260022@news20.bellglobal.com...
    >I am thinking about buying a used, off lease Dell Inspiron 8200.
    >
    > The computer has a Windows XP Pro Licence Sticker on the bottom
    > of the machine. However, It is a corporate, off lease computer, so their
    > IT department wiped the HD before they returned it to the leasing Co, who
    > sold it to a computer distributor that I may buy it from.
    >
    > The system did not come with an XP Pro install disk, nor any other way to
    > "re-image" the computer from a restore disk. I have done corporate
    > deployments
    > myself, and these things usually go in the garbage during the deployment
    > cycle. Also
    > for security reasons, they would wipe the HD including the hidden restore
    > partition.
    >
    > I have an OEM copy of XP Pro SP1 on my desktop computer. Using my own
    > install disk, am I now allowed to install it twice? Once using the Key for
    > my Desktop
    > and a second time using the separate key on the bottom of the Dell?
    >
    >
    > Thank You
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    the language in the oem license for windows xp is that the license is tied
    to 'the computer.' and that is consistent with the serial number sticker
    stuck on the machine.... so you have a valid license there. weather or not
    it has been previously used to activate the system or if the company had a
    open license agreement that did not require it the previous installation to
    be activated remains to be seen... but the worse case is that it may mean
    that you have to call microsoft to activate your new installation. you
    should also know that an oem license only works with an oem version of
    windows xp. that is to say if you had a cd of windows xp from a retail
    package then your oem serial number will not work with it. but since you
    have the oem version of the windows xp cd from the other machine you are all
    set. in fact, if you start the installation on the 'new' computer by
    booting from the dell oem windows xp cd then you will not even be asked to
    activate xp (and so the serial number is not necessary, at least in terms of
    being able to use xp, it is necessary to legally use it...). so change the
    boot sequence to 'cd first' or simply press f12 during post to force a boot
    from the cd and you will be all set...

    "me" <me@me.com> wrote in message
    news:xcwqd.4842$kI6.260022@news20.bellglobal.com...
    >I am thinking about buying a used, off lease Dell Inspiron 8200.
    >
    > The computer has a Windows XP Pro Licence Sticker on the bottom
    > of the machine. However, It is a corporate, off lease computer, so their
    > IT department wiped the HD before they returned it to the leasing Co, who
    > sold it to a computer distributor that I may buy it from.
    >
    > The system did not come with an XP Pro install disk, nor any other way to
    > "re-image" the computer from a restore disk. I have done corporate
    > deployments
    > myself, and these things usually go in the garbage during the deployment
    > cycle. Also
    > for security reasons, they would wipe the HD including the hidden restore
    > partition.
    >
    > I have an OEM copy of XP Pro SP1 on my desktop computer. Using my own
    > install disk, am I now allowed to install it twice? Once using the Key for
    > my Desktop
    > and a second time using the separate key on the bottom of the Dell?
    >
    >
    > Thank You
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Thanks For your help. I will go to the store and ask that my copy of XP be
    tried on
    the computer, before I buy it. No Install-No Deal!


    "me" <me@me.com> wrote in message
    news:xcwqd.4842$kI6.260022@news20.bellglobal.com...
    >I am thinking about buying a used, off lease Dell Inspiron 8200.
    >
    > The computer has a Windows XP Pro Licence Sticker on the bottom
    > of the machine. However, It is a corporate, off lease computer, so their
    > IT department wiped the HD before they returned it to the leasing Co, who
    > sold it to a computer distributor that I may buy it from.
    >
    > The system did not come with an XP Pro install disk, nor any other way to
    > "re-image" the computer from a restore disk. I have done corporate
    > deployments
    > myself, and these things usually go in the garbage during the deployment
    > cycle. Also
    > for security reasons, they would wipe the HD including the hidden restore
    > partition.
    >
    > I have an OEM copy of XP Pro SP1 on my desktop computer. Using my own
    > install disk, am I now allowed to install it twice? Once using the Key for
    > my Desktop
    > and a second time using the separate key on the bottom of the Dell?
    >
    >
    > Thank You
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    the XP coa (certificate of authenticity) is assigned to the MACHINE, not to
    the CD.
    If the COA sticker is still on the machine, then a matching version of that
    software will work on that computer with that COA.


    If you were to use a *different* version of XP on that system, one that had
    been used somewhere else on another machine, it's possible to install it on
    a different machine, but there are hoops to jump through.


    "me" <me@me.com> wrote in message
    news:b5Nqd.11330$Ad3.647141@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > Thanks For your help. I will go to the store and ask that my copy of XP be
    > tried on
    > the computer, before I buy it. No Install-No Deal!
    >
    >
    > "me" <me@me.com> wrote in message
    > news:xcwqd.4842$kI6.260022@news20.bellglobal.com...
    >>I am thinking about buying a used, off lease Dell Inspiron 8200.
    >>
    >> The computer has a Windows XP Pro Licence Sticker on the bottom
    >> of the machine. However, It is a corporate, off lease computer, so their
    >> IT department wiped the HD before they returned it to the leasing Co, who
    >> sold it to a computer distributor that I may buy it from.
    >>
    >> The system did not come with an XP Pro install disk, nor any other way to
    >> "re-image" the computer from a restore disk. I have done corporate
    >> deployments
    >> myself, and these things usually go in the garbage during the deployment
    >> cycle. Also
    >> for security reasons, they would wipe the HD including the hidden restore
    >> partition.
    >>
    >> I have an OEM copy of XP Pro SP1 on my desktop computer. Using my own
    >> install disk, am I now allowed to install it twice? Once using the Key
    >> for my Desktop
    >> and a second time using the separate key on the bottom of the Dell?
    >>
    >>
    >> Thank You
    >>
    >
    >
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