January 11th, 2006, 21:38 PM
Windows XP Home
Hello im having a bit of a problem here.. Here's the deal hopefully someone can shed some light on the subject...
Three years ago i bought a dell system.. since them the system has crashed and i built myself a custom system throwing out all the cd's from dell except the windows xp home installation cd.. I install windows xp on the new computer (this one).. So i try and enter the product key for this disk WHICH is a valid cd key given to me by dell and the authorization process is telling me its invalid.. I call dell and they offer no support because its not a dell computer and they cant support microsofts software and i call microsoft and this guy can barley speak english and is of no help basically telling me that i have to buy a new copy of windows xp inorder to activate.. Now why should i have to buy a new copy of windows xp if i allready have one which i obtained from buying the dell system?
ive been doing some internet searching and i read an article saying that when u activate windows it takes a configuration of your system and stores it on their server.. Now maybe thats why its telling me the CD key is invalid.. it thinks the dell system is still in use (Because i did activate that one) but its not.. its in the garbage dump somewhere, where it belongs.. Is there a way to reset the config that microsoft has on file so i can re-register this one? so now back to my problem.. How am i supposed to activate this copy of windows with my old cd key .. i really dont see myself buying another copy of windows xp just for the damn cd key.. and i'd rather not try one of those keygens since i actually do have a valid key for my old system
So.. anyone have any ideas?
January 11th, 2006, 22:39 PM
Dell OEM cds are strictly for Dell Pcs. It checks your BIOS for a hard wired key. So basically you need to purchase another legal copy of XP.
January 11th, 2006, 22:50 PM
Nice bit of information there... and Microsoft wonders why some people resort to pirated versions... They should be more user friendly... and allow people to transfer OEM editions.. to new computer setups, if they get rid of their old machine.
Originally Posted by phishhead
January 11th, 2006, 22:52 PM
Even tho i DO have the cd key that came with the computer? i wrote the # down before throwing the tower out..
Will i be able to maybe buy the xp home upgrade package rather then the full install cd? 200 bucks is alot of money to be spending on something i allready have
Big booger hit it right on the head with that one.. i mean i bought a damn comp with a windows cd key why shouldnt i be able to install that on any pc i want, so long as its only installed on one PC.
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Last edited by Reverend; January 11th, 2006 at 23:09 PM.
January 12th, 2006, 18:50 PM
Doesn't work that way Extatic.
The XP license you purchased with your dell is an OEM license which means it's only good for Dell. That's it, end of story, thank you come again.
Now if you purchased a retail copy XP (box product) you can transfer XP from one PC to another, that's something different from OEM.
In summary, your only legal option is to bite the bullet and purchase the full version copy of XP.
January 13th, 2006, 07:54 AM
Or go with Linux
Originally Posted by Hawkers
January 16th, 2006, 16:19 PM
or go with Linux
January 16th, 2006, 17:47 PM
Or go with Linux