Install retail, switch to OEM key?

By seanferd ·
XP Professional.

Donated Dell laptops, drives not wiped, (I'll do it for them anyway) but at least encrypted. Dell Windows XP Pro product keys on the affixed COA tags.

Can I install a retail copy of XP Professional, then change to the OEM product key for activation? I've seen both yea and nay answers, and 20 methods to do similar things, but I don't have that kind of time to test. No, I don't have any VLK disks.

For example, would this work per ?

Or are we looking at ordering a bunch of sets of Dell recovery disks? (Yeah, they want to stick with Windows, or this would be just too easy.)

So, yea or nay? (Attn: Seagulls - no posts on subjects which will earn you the TR Community Letter of Doom. We won't answer your password questions. Srsly.)

Or just stop by and say Boo for a Thumb.
(No guarantees of immediate gratification after Sunday, when I will be incommunicado for an indeterminate interval. O noes, no Internets!)

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personally, I'd stick with the recovery disks

by CG IT In reply to Install retail, switch to ...

their cheaper I believe their around $30.00 to $40.00 USD vs $100.00 for OEM license.

plus once you install the OEM license, that's it. It stays with the comp.

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Yes, if we order anything, it'll be recovery disks.

by seanferd In reply to personally, I'd stick wit ...

I was hoping to do at least a couple Linux installs (and FreeBSD if I get to keep one), but we're mostly looking for (cheapest + Windows).

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It did not work for me

by BizIntelligence In reply to Install retail, switch to ...

I tried installing with Windows XP retail cd but it didn't work so I had to find dell cd..

Cheers !

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You couldn't install at all?

by seanferd In reply to It did not work for me

Was it just because of missing drivers or what? You should be able to install a retail version on anything. (Or do you just mean changing the product key didn't work?)

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by santeewelding In reply to You couldn't install at a ...

I installed mine on a refrigerator.

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by seanferd In reply to Anything

I have been known to install them with a hammer.

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How many?

by santeewelding In reply to Install retail, switch to ...

One or two or three? One or two or three hundred?

Just a few and I would toss them (they're encrypted, you said). Unless they figure they pay you so little it's worth having you do this to a commodity item.

Myself, I've never understood how anyone could go with an OEM setup on anything. I do; but I don't.

No thumb necessary. I am of no help.

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by seanferd In reply to How many?

Twenty, maybe a lot more. This company throws away computers like gum wrappers.

Actually, what I'm looking to do is use one Retail CD, image one machine, copy the image to other machines (all the same), then just use the OEM key from the NB to activate Windows.

It may be that editing setupp.ini is all that is required, but then again, maybe not.

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Won't work

by bincarnato In reply to Install retail, switch to ...

I have tried this before and it doesn't work. You should only need one recovery disk set for each model notebook you have, not really one per notebook. I have also seen where a Dell OS CD will work on multiple models but if you have 10 different models it would be a nightmare to try and figure out. Another time saving idea, Ghost... Do one drive and then ghost...

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That's cool, if we can use one recovery set.

by seanferd In reply to Won't work

Yes, all the NBs are the same, and I was planning on imaging. I just thought if one can switch a VLK channel install to OEM when changing the product key, the same might be done for a retail install.

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