XP Licensing Q

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Netman ®, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Netman ®

    Netman ® Guest

    I'm looking at buying an XP license. I've seen one that comes with media but
    is sold for use with Dell PCs only. I already have my own XP discs, so I'm
    wondering if it's just the discs that won't work with non-Dell PCs or the
    license number itself?

    Anyone had any experience of this?

    Netman ®, Aug 25, 2003
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    Fen Lad Guest

    I am fairly certain you will find it won't work with non-Dell machines. I
    believe it searches the BIOS for information as to the machine
    manufacturer. I know someone who bought an OEM disk off eBay and it
    wouldn't install on his home build PC.
    If you have an XP disk and it is genuine why do you need a licence or is
    that a daft question?
    Fen Lad, Aug 25, 2003
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    Ric Guest

    That would be a Dell OEM disk. It won't work with a non-dell machine,
    without a lot of buggering about. Should you manage this, it won't be
    legal - so you should either save yourself the money and mither and download
    a dodgy copy off the net (wrong!) or buy a real licenced copy for around 65
    quid from one of the many cheap retailers of it.

    Ric, Aug 25, 2003
  4. I know that the license numbers are somewhat specific to version and
    country - i.e. an OEM license wont work with a retail copy (and vice
    versa), and I don't think a US license will work on a Chinese Language
    version. Whether that extends to Dell OEM license not working with
    <whatever sort of CDs you have> I can only guess, but I'd guess 'quite
    probably not'.

    The License agreement would also say 'for use on new machine only' and
    quite possibly 'for use on Dell machine only', so you'd be violating
    that too.
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Aug 25, 2003
  5. Netman ®

    Netman ® Guest

    Thanks for the info - I think I will give this one a miss, don't really want
    to take the chance and what you're saying makes sense.

    Not a daft question as to my media really - I picked up a good deal on
    Compaq XP discs which will work with any machine, but the offer didn't
    extend to actual licenses, hence my need now :)

    Netman ®, Aug 25, 2003
  6. Netman ®

    Netman ® Guest

    What I'm really getting at is whether the actual license number is specific
    to Dell machines.

    As I've said - I already have the actual XP discs (and they're legit too!)

    Netman ®, Aug 25, 2003
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    Paul Hopwood Guest

    Technically no more legit that a pirate copy on CD-R, and worth no
    more either. It's the licence that determines a copy of the software
    is legal, the media are practically worthless without it.

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    Paul Hopwood, Aug 26, 2003
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    Toby Groves Guest

    The license will be for Dell PCs only, meaning you'll be in breach of it
    straight away, thus you'll be spending money for nothing.
    Toby Groves, Aug 26, 2003
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