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 Post subject: Xp home installation question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:59 am 
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I have an OEM version of Xp home with sp1a installed on my primary computer. I have a second computer on a home network which I am configuring as a media center. It presently has Win Me installed, but I would like to install Xp home on that computer also using my oem cd. I am considering buying a coa/cd key for that install. Are there any know issues in doing this?

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You would have to buy at least an upgrade license, since the OEM license requires you to purchase it with hardware...

You can buy an upgrade license, but you couldn't install, because the OEM CD wouldn't accept the upgrade key as valid...

So you may be stuck buying an upgrade package with media...which may even be cheaper than the OEM license with the hardware you are required to buy to legally get it...


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hmmmmmm, i thought this might work since im buying hardware anyway.......

http://www.eastoutlet.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=524

xp upgrade media and liscense are more $ than this.


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 Post subject: Re: Xp home installation question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:51 am 
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Rebel_Girl wrote:
I have an OEM version of Xp home with sp1a installed on my primary computer. I have a second computer on a home network which I am configuring as a media center. It presently has Win Me installed, but I would like to install Xp home on that computer also using my oem cd. I am considering buying a coa/cd key for that install. Are there any know issues in doing this?

tia


i'd just get a full version OEM instead of the upgrade. as for the included hardware, some vendors will throw in the cheapest acceptable item for free.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:51 am 
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what exactly is an OEM disc? I always thought that an OEM disc is aka a "restoration" disc... please correct me if I am wrong.

if it is a restoration disc, you cannot use it on your second computer, unless it is the exact model as your primary computer with exact hardware configuration. because restoration discs usually install factory-configured device drivers, and are made specifically for the computer it came with.


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OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer

In this case, it's Windows minus a retail box and packaging, and technical support. It's basically meant for vendors or sold with a piece of hardware.

A restore CD generally has more than just a Windows installation on it, but restores the PC to the state at which it was bought with appropriate programs.

Two different things :)


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