Dell OEM Win XP
Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:01 PM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:07 PM
I can say that Dell has in the past used cd's that are keyed to dell hardware, and attempts to reinstall often fail.
Also, a warning...Dell often uses a proprietary motherboard hook up that is unlike others....by this I mean the multitude of little wires that hook up the power led, power switch, hd led, speaker, reset switch.
Unlike most cases, where the wires are separate and identified, Dell has a combined molex connector so that assemblers have only one thing to plug in and they can do it quickly.
If you are going to put a new motherboard in these cases, you need to remove the molex and figure out what wire is what part, add connectors and plug them in accordingly (not so easy since they are not identified. You need a circuit diagram
Also, Dell motherboards are often oddly sized, so a new motherboard may not fit the case.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:12 PM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:18 PM
You could burn your own cd and alter the setupp.ini file, which may -- MAY --allow you to use the OEM cd-key with the retail cd. This process is erratic when moving from RTM, to sp1, to sp2.
So, you generally need a retail cd with the same service pack as the oem cd you have, for this to work
Here is a quick article on this process
Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:19 PM
anyone else have thoughts on this?
Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:22 PM
The cd-key with the Genuine Windows Product, is a Microsoft certified cd-key and--ironically, will not always work with the oem cd they supplied you (if it is a preactivated one).
Dell, HP, Compaq have a special setup that can be very irritating.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:01 PM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:06 PM
I always advise people against upgrades, though....instead, you would load with the windows xp upgrade disk, and then wait--it asks for proof, you pop in the windows 98 disk, then you pop the windows xp disk in again.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:11 PM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:14 PM
It is just a tricky situation -- MS agrees to provide OEM software to Dell at a reduced price, and in return, they offer no support (dell must provide it). Dell, conversely, should not have to support computers they did not provide.
The problem is that end users are caught in the middle
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