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Installing oemHP XP on non-HP machine

By andy5 ·
I have recieved an OEM HP Windows XP sp1 installation disk. A friend sold me this & parts of his computer to upgrade mine, but the rest of the parts (incl. the motherboard) are still non-HP. I was wondering, will his HP XP work in my system?

I have 2 hard drives in the system, 1 w/ Win98SE and my friend's which is blank (fdisk'd)

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by andy5 In reply to Installing oemHP XP on no ...

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by Jaqui In reply to Installing oemHP XP on no ...

it should, it should still be winders hexp
if it's an hp recovery cd, then it might not, as it will only look for the hp recovery partition.

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by DouglasB In reply to Installing oemHP XP on no ...

It might work, depends on how the XP CD is setup. Some HP software looks for a "tatoo" on the motherboard, if it does not find it it will not install. Give it a try.

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by TheChas In reply to Installing oemHP XP on no ...

If the CD actually has HP on the label, it may not install.

In my mind however, the bigger issue is the legality of installing someone else's OEM version of Windows on your system.

Read the Windows OEM End User License Agreement closely.
You will discover that OEM versions of Windows are licensed ONLY to the original user on the specific hardware that the OEM version of Windows came with.

Further, if your friend was running XP on his HP system and had it activated and registered, you may not be able to activate it on your system.

The better way to go for a system you build yourself is to purchase a generic OEM copy of XP from your hardware supplier.
Many computer parts sellers will sell you an OEM copy of XP along with specific hardware purchases.

Another thing to keep in mind with OEM software is that the software manufacture does NOT provide support for OEM versions.


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by mwebster In reply to Installing oemHP XP on no ...

HP, Dell, Compaq, and a few others I'm sure will not allow you to install their Windows copys on any other machine. Legal or not. The disk searches for a "tatoo" before the install. If the disk is HP, and the computer is not, the disk will know and not allow it.

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