My company has three Dell GX260 Optiplex computers that were purchased as an OEM deal. No software came with them- not even Dell's backup CDs.
These particular machines were in an unsupervised satellite office, where the employees seemed to have nothing better to do than collect adware (one machine had 1430 pieces after an Ad Aware scan! Another has a corrupt OS from viruses.
An employee tried to reinstall the XP Pro OS and got hung up at the serial number window. The department head went out and purchased three new, full copies of XP Pro.
So here's my question: Even though there are valid C.O.A.'s on each case, I guess XP Pro is different from Home edition in that you have to use the same code that's on the actual CD?