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    Can I Install My Friends Unused Dell Xp Pro

    Hi a quick Qs!

    My friend has gven me a unused xp pro CD with serial that came with his Dell pc. Is it possible for me to install this on my pc which has a oem xp Home edition?
    Help Appreciated!

    Ps if yes can i install over the Home as upgrade
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    Well, you can but its against the TLA.

    The CD's are not the license, its the Key on the side of the system which is.

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    Will i be able to get the updates! cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabgeek

    Will i be able to get the updates! cheers
    Yep!

    As long as everything's above board, you'll beable to download/install the updates no problem

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    Yep you can do this as I have transferred mine from my old Dell bit by bit to my current rig...

    Not sure if thats what M$ want tho
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    I thought Dell Windows CDs could only be installed on Dell PCs - ie they stopped you from installing it on other pcs, and while you were part way through installing it would pop up saying "this software is for dell machines only". Maybe it's changed now though?

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    Nope never got a pop-up

    Dell CD's are OEM versions on XP (Pro in my case)...
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    Would i be able to update my new pro serial w/out reformating my HD?
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    I never download the Microsoft updates!! Don't trust them!

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    you mean you've installed pro , but on the "wrong" serial ?

    that must have been a lucky typo
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    How do you update then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koolpc
    I never download the Microsoft updates!! Don't trust them!
    you utter utter fool.... People like you perpetuate the myth that not applying security updates is good , then compain when they hit by vulnerabilities which hit unpatched systems.

    If thats your definition of help , then heaven knows what you do when you are hindering people.
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    you mean you've installed pro , but on the "wrong" serial ?
    No! I have xp home and want to change it to pro without uninstalling my REGISTERED HOME
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    you'll be able to re enter your serial when upgrade the OS.

    there are a couple of caveats - you may want to uninstall your AV and reinstall after you have upgraded. I've done a few upgrades from home to pro and most of them have gone off without a hitch , but I have seen one that went very wrong due to a known conflict with mcafee AV.

    I'm not sure why you would want to use pro unless you plan on joining a machine to the domain.
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    Cheers for the info! I want to update as i've heared pro is safer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick
    you utter utter fool.... People like you perpetuate the myth that not applying security updates is good , then compain when they hit by vulnerabilities which hit unpatched systems.

    If thats your definition of help , then heaven knows what you do when you are hindering people.
    Hi Dick, never had a problem not installing updates, ever!! Been building pc's for 8 years with no problem what-so-ever. Most people get problems when they do the updates!! I was only saying what i did, not saying that the threadstarter should not!! You utter utter fool!!

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