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Installing a new HD in a Dell that doesn't have a HD. Was: Who has the license for XP, he or I?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mm, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    As I said in a previous thread, a friend gave me a DELL Inspiron 9600
    without the hard drive. It has the Product Key on the side, and it
    came with XP Pro** SP1, but so far my friend hasn't found the original
    OEM Dell reinstallation CD.

    I found one that is for XP Pro, but it's SP2, not SP1. Will it
    still work?

    Thanks for your help.


    **For some reason I thought it had had XP Home on it.

    BTW, I learned a lot in the previous thread about the ease and
    difficulties of taking a Dell Ccomputer without a hard drive and
    fixing it up.

    New questions and possible problems keep rearing their head!
     
  2. Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ Flightless Bird

    The SP2 status is not the issue.
    It will work fine if the installation XP Pro CD was issued by DELL.
    It may work if the installation CD is a non-Dell OEM version, but I would not count on that.
    If you can find a friend with a Dell XP Pro CD (any SP version), you are in fat city.
    Dell installation CD's were meant for use when replacing a hard drive.
    You won't have the hidden diagnostics partition, but that is a plus, not a negative and you won't
    have any of the crapware.

    "mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message news:bbk976l4ld2jv4mmp4altq986a5743g0ae@4ax.com...
    > As I said in a previous thread, a friend gave me a DELL Inspiron 9600
    > without the hard drive. It has the Product Key on the side, and it
    > came with XP Pro** SP1, but so far my friend hasn't found the original
    > OEM Dell reinstallation CD.
    >
    > I found one that is for XP Pro, but it's SP2, not SP1. Will it
    > still work?
    >
    > Thanks for your help.
    >
    >
    > **For some reason I thought it had had XP Home on it.
    >
    > BTW, I learned a lot in the previous thread about the ease and
    > difficulties of taking a Dell Ccomputer without a hard drive and
    > fixing it up.
    >
    > New questions and possible problems keep rearing their head!
    >
    >
     
  3. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:41:41 -0700, "Richard in AZ"
    <me@mailinator.com> wrote:

    >The SP2 status is not the issue.
    >It will work fine if the installation XP Pro CD was issued by DELL.


    Yes, sorry. The CD is Dell.

    >It may work if the installation CD is a non-Dell OEM version, but I would not count on that.
    >If you can find a friend with a Dell XP Pro CD (any SP version), you are in fat city.
    >Dell installation CD's were meant for use when replacing a hard drive.
    >You won't have the hidden diagnostics partition, but that is a plus, not a negative and you won't
    >have any of the crapware.


    Well that is cool!

    Thanks a lot.
    >
    >"mm" <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote in message news:bbk976l4ld2jv4mmp4altq986a5743g0ae@4ax.com...
    >> As I said in a previous thread, a friend gave me a DELL Inspiron 9600
    >> without the hard drive. It has the Product Key on the side, and it
    >> came with XP Pro** SP1, but so far my friend hasn't found the original
    >> OEM Dell reinstallation CD.
    >>
    >> I found one that is for XP Pro, but it's SP2, not SP1. Will it
    >> still work?
    >>
    >> Thanks for your help.
    >>
    >>
    >> **For some reason I thought it had had XP Home on it.
    >>
    >> BTW, I learned a lot in the previous thread about the ease and
    >> difficulties of taking a Dell Ccomputer without a hard drive and
    >> fixing it up.
    >>
    >> New questions and possible problems keep rearing their head!
    >>
    >>

    >
     
  4. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    mm wrote:
    > As I said in a previous thread, a friend gave me a DELL Inspiron 9600
    > without the hard drive. It has the Product Key on the side, and it
    > came with XP Pro** SP1, but so far my friend hasn't found the original
    > OEM Dell reinstallation CD.
    >
    > I found one that is for XP Pro, but it's SP2, not SP1. Will it
    > still work?


    Yes.

    Better yet would be a Dell-branded OEM XP Pro installation CD at the SP3
    level. ;-)

    So make sure you install SP3! Post back if you need pointers. One thing
    to consider is that you should upgrade to SP3 *before* upgrading IE6.

    And get all your drivers ahead of time!
     
  5. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:38:58 -0400, "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote:

    >mm wrote:
    >> As I said in a previous thread, a friend gave me a DELL Inspiron 9600
    >> without the hard drive. It has the Product Key on the side, and it
    >> came with XP Pro** SP1, but so far my friend hasn't found the original
    >> OEM Dell reinstallation CD.
    >>
    >> I found one that is for XP Pro, but it's SP2, not SP1. Will it
    >> still work?

    >
    >Yes.
    >
    >Better yet would be a Dell-branded OEM XP Pro installation CD at the SP3
    >level. ;-)


    I could buy one for 10 to 20 dollars. Or I could make one if I could
    ever get that slipstreaming to work (please, no suggestions about
    that.)

    >So make sure you install SP3!


    OKay.

    > Post back if you need pointers. One thing
    >to consider is that you should upgrade to SP3 *before* upgrading IE6.


    Okay.
    >
    >And get all your drivers ahead of time!


    I have them, all 382 megs of them. I guess I should put them on a CD.
    But I can do that anytime since I'll still have this computer.

    Thanks a lot.
     

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