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    New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    Howdy,
    I just received a new Dell Dimesnion with XP Home Edition and a bunch of crap installed. Can I take my XP Pro CD, insert into CD ROM drive and reformat, partition and install XP Pro and wipe off everything currently on the HDD? Also, I would like to install a video card but have 2 PCI slots. Do I need a PCIe slot or will a PCIe card fit tinto a standard PCI slot?
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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    If XP Pro from the CD is already installed - then NO. If XP Pro on the CD is an OEM version - then NO. If you can procedd and install XP Pro you can format the drive as part of the install.

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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    Joe,
    This is a clean version of XP Pro that I took off my old computer since it was toasted. I just want to install and format my new drive and remove all of the extraneous stuff I now have. I don't understand the OEM and CD already installed??? That would be illegal, right?
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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    An OEM version is an XP CD that came bundled with a system (and usually preinstalled). These CDs are tied to the BIOS of the system and they will not install on any other hardware..

    If the XP CD is a purchased retail version and you have previously installed it on another system, it has already been activated. If you install it on the new system and attempt to activate it again, you will not be able to activate it via the normal on-line procedure. You will have to phone MS and convince the rep that the old system is no longer in use, and that either the old drive is toast or you have removed XP from that drive.
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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    Also you will find that most of the DELL drivers for the current hardware is NOT on the retail version. You will have to get them from DELL.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    For what it's worth, this is what I have done in the past in similar circumstances.

    Create a new partition (D and copy contents of C: onto D:
    Install (fresh) XP Pro onto C:
    Where it can't find specific drivers for the Dell-specific hardware, I point it to the D: drive, then note the what and the where.
    Copy the relevant found driver files from D: to a folder on C:
    Reformat D:

    Works well.

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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    As to your second question (PCI vs. PCIe), this article shows the difference between the slots.
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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    My new computer has one PCIe x1 slot and 2 regular PCI slots. I'm having a hard tiime locating a video card for a PCIe x1 slot. Should I just go with a regular PCI slot that's available? Leif, great idea on the partition and drivers. Think I'll try that...
    Thanks guys...

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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    I've not used a PCIe card so I really can't recommend either way.
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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    John,
    Slightly of topic: that's not true for all OEM versions, is it? Do not think so. This OEM thing is confusing for many compared to the quite simple retail version. I read my self into the thing some year ago, and don't want to do it again but to put it simple you have:

    Royalty OEM (20 largest man. like Dell)
    OEM System Builder

    For instance my Windows copy is OEM, it came with the prebuild computer (i.e. I didn't put the computer together), BUT I installed and activated the copy. Is it tied to BIOS? No.

    So the poster might have: a new machine with Windows preinstalled and activated (from a Royalty OEM) these do look at BIOS. Then the poster might have a retail copy of Windows previously used on another machine, these Windows versions can be transferred. This is how I interpreted the first post.

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    Re: New Dell-Want to Format (XP Home)

    You are right Argus. I was forgetting about the second type of OEM version that may be sold with a motherboard, hard disk, or a computer built by a small independent. Although these versions do not look at the BIOS, they are supposed to be used ONLY on the hardware with which they were sold.
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