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Can I use another OEM cd for a clean install?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ed H, May 31, 2010.

  1. Ed H

    Ed H Flightless Bird

    I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery disc.
    Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell? Would this be a license
    violation???
     
  2. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On May 31, 12:33 pm, "Ed H" <edandsa...@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote:
    > I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery disc.
    > Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell? Would this be a license
    > violation???


    I don't know about that, but Dell is always happy to send you a
    replacement set of media:

    https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form

    Somebody once told me they got theirs in only 2 days.
     
  3. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    sometimes disks are
    not provided because
    the necessary files are
    located on the hard disk
    in a special / hidden
    partition.

    however, the execution
    of those files will usually
    wipe the disk clean and
    reinstall windows.

    you can check your pc
    manual or the home site
    for the pc for the method
    known as factory restore.

    but you can double check
    the operating system by
    booting into safe mode.

    if performance is better in
    safe mode,

    then you don't have to
    reinstall the o.s.
    revert the machine
    back to the state it
    left the compa

    --
    --
    db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>

    DatabaseBen, Retired Professional

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This NNTP newsgroup is evolving to:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx


    "Ed H" <edandsandy@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote in message
    news:-OSMrM8NALHA.4652@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery disc.
    > Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell? Would this be a license
    > violation???
     
  4. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    Generally an oem, same sp version as origonal, from Dell can be used with
    your key

    "Ed H" <edandsandy@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote in message
    news:-OSMrM8NALHA.4652@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery disc.
    > Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell? Would this be a license
    > violation???
     
  5. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Ed H wrote:
    > I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    > disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?


    Yes.

    > Would this be a license violation???


    No, provided it's for the same version of XP (e.g., Home or Pro). And
    the good news is that because of System-Locked Preinstallation, there is
    no need to enter a Product Key.
     
  6. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Ed H wrote:
    > I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery disc.
    > Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?



    Perhaps. Is it the same model of Dell computer, comprised of the same
    internal components? This matters, as the device drivers may be built
    into the Recovery disk and might not be the correct one for your
    specific Dell.


    > Would this be a license
    > violation???


    Not at all.


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  7. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Daave wrote:
    > Ed H wrote:
    >> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    >> disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?

    >
    > Yes.


    After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a difference
    between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery CD. The latter
    is only interchangeable if the model is the same, and yes, it contains
    all the necessary drivers. The former is interchangeable across the
    board, so you may use (virtually) any Dell XP reinstallation CD without
    worry. However, once you install XP, you will need to install the
    necessary drivers, which are available from the Dell website.
     
  8. Ed H

    Ed H Flightless Bird

    Thanks everyone. We have all the media for apps and drivers but do not have
    a copy of our OS (WinXP Home) on disk or partition. I want to try a recovery
    install first.

    Ed



    "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    news:-OaZKU2QALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Daave wrote:
    >> Ed H wrote:
    >>> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    >>> disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?

    >>
    >> Yes.

    >
    > After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a difference
    > between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery CD. The latter is
    > only interchangeable if the model is the same, and yes, it contains all
    > the necessary drivers. The former is interchangeable across the board, so
    > you may use (virtually) any Dell XP reinstallation CD without worry.
    > However, once you install XP, you will need to install the necessary
    > drivers, which are available from the Dell website.
    >
     
  9. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Are you referring to a Repair Install? If so, this page should be
    helpful:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    And this page is also required reading:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964

    I ask because the term "recovery install" is not the one normally used
    and it is unclear what you mean by that. Furthermore, your Subject Line
    contains the term "clean install."

    Finally, are you referring to a Dell XP Home reinstallation CD or a Dell
    recovery CD (for a specific model)? If you are referring to the former,
    it is capable of performing both a Repair Install (which should keep
    your apps and data intact) or a Clean Install.

    I am not too familiar with Dell recovery CDs. Typically, they return the
    PC to its condition when it left the factory (which would be like wiping
    the CD and performing a Clean Install)

    Good luck!

    P.S., What specific issues are you experiencing with this particular PC?
    Depending on what they are, there may be a far quicker solution than a
    Repair or Clean Install.


    Ed H wrote:
    > Thanks everyone. We have all the media for apps and drivers but do
    > not have a copy of our OS (WinXP Home) on disk or partition. I want
    > to try a recovery install first.
    >
    > Ed
    >
    >
    >
    > "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OaZKU2QALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Daave wrote:
    >>> Ed H wrote:
    >>>> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    >>>> disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?
    >>>
    >>> Yes.

    >>
    >> After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a
    >> difference between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery
    >> CD. The latter is only interchangeable if the model is the same, and
    >> yes, it contains all the necessary drivers. The former is
    >> interchangeable across the board, so you may use (virtually) any
    >> Dell XP reinstallation CD without worry. However, once you install
    >> XP, you will need to install the necessary drivers, which are
    >> available from the Dell website.
     
  10. Ed H

    Ed H Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the tip to uninstall IE7 first, I didn't know that one. Sorry for
    the language confusion. My daughter's Dell computer has some corrupt files.
    This computer did not come with a OS cd or is there one on a partition
    anywhere. I wanted to use a copy of my WinXP Home OEM cd to first try a
    repair installation and if that fails, a clean install. We have all the
    other media.


    "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    news:uEto%231YALHA.5464@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Are you referring to a Repair Install? If so, this page should be helpful:
    >
    > http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >
    > And this page is also required reading:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
    >
    > I ask because the term "recovery install" is not the one normally used and
    > it is unclear what you mean by that. Furthermore, your Subject Line
    > contains the term "clean install."
    >
    > Finally, are you referring to a Dell XP Home reinstallation CD or a Dell
    > recovery CD (for a specific model)? If you are referring to the former, it
    > is capable of performing both a Repair Install (which should keep your
    > apps and data intact) or a Clean Install.
    >
    > I am not too familiar with Dell recovery CDs. Typically, they return the
    > PC to its condition when it left the factory (which would be like wiping
    > the CD and performing a Clean Install)
    >
    > Good luck!
    >
    > P.S., What specific issues are you experiencing with this particular PC?
    > Depending on what they are, there may be a far quicker solution than a
    > Repair or Clean Install.
    >
    >
    > Ed H wrote:
    >> Thanks everyone. We have all the media for apps and drivers but do
    >> not have a copy of our OS (WinXP Home) on disk or partition. I want
    >> to try a recovery install first.
    >>
    >> Ed
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    >> news:-OaZKU2QALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Daave wrote:
    >>>> Ed H wrote:
    >>>>> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    >>>>> disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?
    >>>>
    >>>> Yes.
    >>>
    >>> After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a
    >>> difference between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery
    >>> CD. The latter is only interchangeable if the model is the same, and
    >>> yes, it contains all the necessary drivers. The former is
    >>> interchangeable across the board, so you may use (virtually) any
    >>> Dell XP reinstallation CD without worry. However, once you install
    >>> XP, you will need to install the necessary drivers, which are
    >>> available from the Dell website.

    >
    >
     
  11. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Sounds like a plan. Just make sure all her data is backed up first.
    Also, it is a good idea to make a copy of the CD. There is no ethical
    problem in doing this; the important thing is that you have a license to
    run XP Home, which you clearly do. Good luck!

    Ed H wrote:
    > Thanks for the tip to uninstall IE7 first, I didn't know that one.
    > Sorry for the language confusion. My daughter's Dell computer has
    > some corrupt files. This computer did not come with a OS cd or is
    > there one on a partition anywhere. I wanted to use a copy of my WinXP
    > Home OEM cd to first try a repair installation and if that fails, a
    > clean install. We have all the other media.
    >
    >
    > "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    > news:uEto%231YALHA.5464@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Are you referring to a Repair Install? If so, this page should be
    >> helpful: http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >>
    >> And this page is also required reading:
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
    >>
    >> I ask because the term "recovery install" is not the one normally
    >> used and it is unclear what you mean by that. Furthermore, your
    >> Subject Line contains the term "clean install."
    >>
    >> Finally, are you referring to a Dell XP Home reinstallation CD or a
    >> Dell recovery CD (for a specific model)? If you are referring to the
    >> former, it is capable of performing both a Repair Install (which
    >> should keep your apps and data intact) or a Clean Install.
    >>
    >> I am not too familiar with Dell recovery CDs. Typically, they return
    >> the PC to its condition when it left the factory (which would be
    >> like wiping the CD and performing a Clean Install)
    >>
    >> Good luck!
    >>
    >> P.S., What specific issues are you experiencing with this particular
    >> PC? Depending on what they are, there may be a far quicker solution
    >> than a Repair or Clean Install.
    >>
    >>
    >> Ed H wrote:
    >>> Thanks everyone. We have all the media for apps and drivers but do
    >>> not have a copy of our OS (WinXP Home) on disk or partition. I want
    >>> to try a recovery install first.
    >>>
    >>> Ed
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:-OaZKU2QALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Daave wrote:
    >>>>> Ed H wrote:
    >>>>>> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    >>>>>> disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Yes.
    >>>>
    >>>> After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a
    >>>> difference between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery
    >>>> CD. The latter is only interchangeable if the model is the same,
    >>>> and yes, it contains all the necessary drivers. The former is
    >>>> interchangeable across the board, so you may use (virtually) any
    >>>> Dell XP reinstallation CD without worry. However, once you install
    >>>> XP, you will need to install the necessary drivers, which are
    >>>> available from the Dell website.
     
  12. Kernel

    Kernel Flightless Bird

    Your 'WinXP Home OEM' will work if you use the key that came with that CD;
    it will not work if you use your Home OEM CD
    and the key code that came with the Dell.


    "Ed H" <edandsandy@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote in message
    news:%23f1V5BfALHA.3608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks for the tip to uninstall IE7 first, I didn't know that one. Sorry
    > for the language confusion. My daughter's Dell computer has some corrupt
    > files. This computer did not come with a OS cd or is there one on a
    > partition anywhere. I wanted to use a copy of my WinXP Home OEM cd to
    > first try a repair installation and if that fails, a clean install. We
    > have all the other media.
    >
    >
    > "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    > news:uEto%231YALHA.5464@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Are you referring to a Repair Install? If so, this page should be
    >> helpful:
    >>
    >> http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >>
    >> And this page is also required reading:
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
    >>
    >> I ask because the term "recovery install" is not the one normally used
    >> and it is unclear what you mean by that. Furthermore, your Subject Line
    >> contains the term "clean install."
    >>
    >> Finally, are you referring to a Dell XP Home reinstallation CD or a Dell
    >> recovery CD (for a specific model)? If you are referring to the former,
    >> it is capable of performing both a Repair Install (which should keep your
    >> apps and data intact) or a Clean Install.
    >>
    >> I am not too familiar with Dell recovery CDs. Typically, they return the
    >> PC to its condition when it left the factory (which would be like wiping
    >> the CD and performing a Clean Install)
    >>
    >> Good luck!
    >>
    >> P.S., What specific issues are you experiencing with this particular PC?
    >> Depending on what they are, there may be a far quicker solution than a
    >> Repair or Clean Install.
    >>
    >>
    >> Ed H wrote:
    >>> Thanks everyone. We have all the media for apps and drivers but do
    >>> not have a copy of our OS (WinXP Home) on disk or partition. I want
    >>> to try a recovery install first.
    >>>
    >>> Ed
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:-OaZKU2QALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Daave wrote:
    >>>>> Ed H wrote:
    >>>>>> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a recovery
    >>>>>> disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Yes.
    >>>>
    >>>> After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a
    >>>> difference between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery
    >>>> CD. The latter is only interchangeable if the model is the same, and
    >>>> yes, it contains all the necessary drivers. The former is
    >>>> interchangeable across the board, so you may use (virtually) any
    >>>> Dell XP reinstallation CD without worry. However, once you install
    >>>> XP, you will need to install the necessary drivers, which are
    >>>> available from the Dell website.

    >>
    >>

    >
     
  13. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Excellent point, Kernel.

    In the original post, Ed wrote:

    "Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?"

    If *that* is the "WinXP Home OEM" he is now referring to, then there is
    no need to enter a Product Key (that is, if it a genuine Dell-branded
    Windows XP Home Reinstallation CD).

    Then again, if he is now talking about something else (a *generic* OEM
    Windows XP Home installation CD), then, yes, he will need to enter the
    Product Key on the COA sticker that is on the Dell PC.


    Kernel wrote:
    > Your 'WinXP Home OEM' will work if you use the key that came with
    > that CD; it will not work if you use your Home OEM CD
    > and the key code that came with the Dell.
    >
    >
    > "Ed H" <edandsandy@NOSPAMcomcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23f1V5BfALHA.3608@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Thanks for the tip to uninstall IE7 first, I didn't know that one.
    >> Sorry for the language confusion. My daughter's Dell computer has
    >> some corrupt files. This computer did not come with a OS cd or is
    >> there one on a partition anywhere. I wanted to use a copy of my
    >> WinXP Home OEM cd to first try a repair installation and if that
    >> fails, a clean install. We have all the other media.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    >> news:uEto%231YALHA.5464@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Are you referring to a Repair Install? If so, this page should be
    >>> helpful:
    >>>
    >>> http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >>>
    >>> And this page is also required reading:
    >>>
    >>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
    >>>
    >>> I ask because the term "recovery install" is not the one normally
    >>> used and it is unclear what you mean by that. Furthermore, your
    >>> Subject Line contains the term "clean install."
    >>>
    >>> Finally, are you referring to a Dell XP Home reinstallation CD or a
    >>> Dell recovery CD (for a specific model)? If you are referring to
    >>> the former, it is capable of performing both a Repair Install
    >>> (which should keep your apps and data intact) or a Clean Install.
    >>>
    >>> I am not too familiar with Dell recovery CDs. Typically, they
    >>> return the PC to its condition when it left the factory (which
    >>> would be like wiping the CD and performing a Clean Install)
    >>>
    >>> Good luck!
    >>>
    >>> P.S., What specific issues are you experiencing with this
    >>> particular PC? Depending on what they are, there may be a far
    >>> quicker solution than a Repair or Clean Install.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Ed H wrote:
    >>>> Thanks everyone. We have all the media for apps and drivers but do
    >>>> not have a copy of our OS (WinXP Home) on disk or partition. I want
    >>>> to try a recovery install first.
    >>>>
    >>>> Ed
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:-OaZKU2QALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Daave wrote:
    >>>>>> Ed H wrote:
    >>>>>>> I have OEM lic version of XP, but Dell did not provide a
    >>>>>>> recovery disc. Could I use another OEM CD from another Dell?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Yes.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> After reading Bruce's reply, I'd like to add that there is a
    >>>>> difference between a Dell XP reinstallation CD and a Dell Recovery
    >>>>> CD. The latter is only interchangeable if the model is the same,
    >>>>> and yes, it contains all the necessary drivers. The former is
    >>>>> interchangeable across the board, so you may use (virtually) any
    >>>>> Dell XP reinstallation CD without worry. However, once you install
    >>>>> XP, you will need to install the necessary drivers, which are
    >>>>> available from the Dell website.
     

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