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    Buying genuine Windows XP Pro

    Hi all, I am purchasing a Win XP Pro from a web site that is offering an OEM Branded copy and mentions this statement after
    - "Please note this product is branded either Dell or HP, but will install/activate on any computer".
    The site is evaluesoftware.com for $69 and would like to know if this product can be used on my computer.
    Others for $49 are HP only. I have a home built from years ago with a ASUS motherboard (P4PE) that I bought from a local tech.
    I would like to keep this set up and buy a 100% genuine Windows XP Pro and replace with the one I have now.
    I am very familiar with XP and for what I do will stay with XP. Many thanks for any advice on this product.

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    You should be able to install it on any computer. But you'll need "disk 2", which would be the drivers for that computer (chipset / NIC / audio / etc); otherwise, a lot won't work, even though you have installed Windows.

    As to whether it is a legal copy, it may or may not be. Some of these sites sell pirated software. Not having checked the site, I'm a bit suspicious, because of the difference in price between the "HP" disk and the "any computer" disk.

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    It advertises as being a OEM legal copy and I have all the drivers for the motherboard.
    Maybe if someone could have a quick look at this site to make sure I'm not getting a hacked copy I would really appreciate it.
    http://www.evaluesoftware.com/index...._detail&p=1949

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    The site appears to be legit.
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    Thanks Clint

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    It appears to be a legitimate site, but know that the software being sold is a download. Those can be problematic at best, PLUS you do not have a hard copy of the software unless you have the presence of mind to make a copy FIRST before you try to install it.

    There are actual OEM XP SP3 on E-bay for $64.99 including the shipping. These will work for sure, AND you will always have the actual disk and the COA for any future re-installs.

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    Even if the site is legitimate selling OEM software from Dell or HP is not legal. OEM software is licensed to the PC on which it was originally installed. While there are ways to get the software to install on a different PC it is definitely a license violation.

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    Why are you replacing your original disk? If you want something with the service packs included you may want to Slipstream your original disk for the cost of a new disk.
    You can also download the individual service packs to usb or CD and apply them right after re-installing.

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    I always recommend having and keeping a fully legitimate copy of a genuine MS install disk of an operating system.
    Anything less, OEM's included, will always give you less control over your system.
    Joe also makes a good point in his post about your type of chosen branded OEM install disk being of questionable legitimacy when it comes down to potential EULA violation.
    As rgerick points out, a decently priced full version MS XP install disk can be had from eBay.
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    Ebay makes me nervous, though I know there are reputable people there. Seeing that I am presently in the same boat as Estam, would someone be so kind enough to advise us how to discern a legitimate product/seller. I understand now to avoid any Dell or HP attachments.

    CLiNT, may i ask what you mean by "OEM's included, will always give you less control over your system." ?

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    @Gerard3,

    OEMs often include much unnecessary software in their "standard" setup. A recovery disc from an OEM will attempt to setup a PC the same way as from the OEM factory with all the bloatware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    @Gerard3,

    OEMs often include much unnecessary software in their "standard" setup. A recovery disc from an OEM will attempt to setup a PC the same way as from the OEM factory with all the bloatware.

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    Ah, thanks a million, Joe! Could I not easily enough resolve that situation with nLite, which will construct an iso file that allows one to preselect which junk gets dumped?

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    Besides what Joe just pointed out, OEM's are licensed to be more limiting too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Besides what Joe just pointed out, OEM's are licensed to be more limiting too.
    Well, if it's a matter of transferring the license to a new system, then I have a very serious question. I do not understand why I cannot do the following. I have both a full retail version of W98 and an XP upgrade. The XP upgrade will do a complete install given the product key for 98. Why might that not work? The only caveat, if such, is that it is Home and not Pro version. Then of course I have to add the SP. Or after all is said and done, am I still better off with say an OEM Pro version? So sorry for all my confusion.

    Plus, I wonder how I could configure all that in nLite. (I mean with the 98 product key).
    Last edited by Gerard3; 2012-12-13 at 21:27.

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    As long as Windows 98 is not currently being used and XP is not in use, you can install XP and not violate the license. Home or Pro is your decision. As with many PC related things it depends on what you are going to do with the PC.

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