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 Post subject: WinXP OEM
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 4:18 pm 
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i'm looking to format and reinstall a friend's Sony VAIO desktop.

i'm wondering whether i will run into problems or not if i use my OEM copy of Windows XP and use the key that is stickered on his desktop for installation.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 4:46 pm 
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Why not use his restore disks?


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Blondie wrote:
Why not use his restore disks?


junk. you've never seen an oem system before?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 5:30 pm 
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try it....if it works great,if not you are only out an hour or two

BTW: why not tell him/her to get a XP upgrade disc i am sure you can get an OEM copy of 95/98/ME to make it work


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You're dead in the water man...

...those oem keys are meant for an oem specific release of XP.

I'm surprised you're asking this. This has been asked and answered ad nauseum on the Delphi forum.

Licensing aside from things, you can try it, but I have my doubts it'll like that XPSetup will like that key.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:09 am 
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junk. you've never seen an oem system before?


I don't doubt that Sony came with a lot of software, depending on which model it is. Looking at the Sony site, the ones I see come with Works & versions of Office; Office isn't cheap. I'd rather use the restore disk, then clean out the crap I didn't want.


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If you've got too much free time, you could try to un-integrate the OEM garbage. It could be really tedious depending on how they did it, but it is possible.


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 Post subject: Re: WinXP OEM
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:43 am 
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cigar3tte wrote:
i'm looking to format and reinstall a friend's Sony VAIO desktop.

i'm wondering whether i will run into problems or not if i use my OEM copy of Windows XP and use the key that is stickered on his desktop for installation.


The pools in which Micorosft assigns keys are different for OEM CD's, and preinstalled Major OEM Images. The keys aren't interchangable. However...

I own a Sony Laptop. I didn't want all of Sony's Software interfering with my DJ software. The Sony Restore CD Set I have is 5 CD's: O/S & Drivers, Sony Applications CD 1, Sony Applications CD 2, Software CD 1, and Software CD 2.

You should be able to install the OS with Sony's drivers without any other fluff. During the initial set-up, you can specify how large the two partitions are, since Sony does partition the drive (for video purposes). If the machine has been significantly upgraded since purchase, there might be an issue or two with other hardware.


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 Post subject: Re: WinXP OEM
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 5:07 pm 
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cigar3tte wrote:
i'm looking to format and reinstall a friend's Sony VAIO desktop.

i'm wondering whether i will run into problems or not if i use my OEM copy of Windows XP and use the key that is stickered on his desktop for installation.


I don't know about Sony's, but with my HP laptop, I was able to do a fresh install from an OEM Win XP Home CD with the license key stickered on the bottom of the laptop. No problem what so ever. I've done this a few times before with Win 98 on systems that came with bloated 'restore' disc's. From my experience, the license keys that Microsoft gives to companies like Sony, HP, Dell, etc... are from the same batch that Microsoft uses for the OEM copies you can get from your local computer shop when you build your new system.

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Ya,
if the OEM XP CD came with that system you should be fine - but in this case its from two seperate Sony Systems...

Most manufacturers put info on it so that if you take it to a diff machine it won't work..

In fact, one of the big issues that people have been having with those OEM CDs is that if you change out the mobo or a HDD (but not both even) - the OEM CD won't work anymore...

I can understand it to a point - cause they/you are getting XP for cheaper - but I think its being taken WAY TO FAR.... *sigh* oh well.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2004 8:41 am 
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I've done several installs at work using an OEM CD combined with the COA on the case. I have yet to do it with any problems. I've not *specifically* done a Sony as yet, but I have done it on Dell, Compaq, HP, and Gateways with no issues, all using our company's standard WinXP Home CD.


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