With each Dell you have to look to if they allow you to create the restore CD/DVDs. This is the NEW way of doing things today. Some owners won't so they get to call Dell and order the restore CDs. I no longer bother to try to use other CD/DVDs but just sigh and say we'll get them on order. It just gets tacked onto the bill and is far cheaper than a full copy of XP and the hours you spend finding drivers.
However there are new to this business that will attempt to get around this so they'll fume, fuss, complain bitterly it shouldn't be so. Give those newbies a few years and they'll get worn down and implement some process to make this go a lot easier. Again, the newbie will act surprised about missing restore media or not know to look to the machine for a way to create such. This newness does wear off.
So quick background. Doing computer work for extra cash and I've quickly realized people don't keep any cd's that come with thier computer (most I've seen is keeping bell or rogers cds). So we have 3 Dell's mie is running a retail copy of xp and the other two have an instal off the same OEM cd. So this next computer I'm working on is a Dell running XP and I just need to know if I use the XP cd I have will it work or will I run into a nightmare with the serials. I know with my retail copy of XP it can be used on two computers (I've done it once but the other computers long gone now) So is this just the same with OEM discs or can it be used on any Dell system? Also will that Dell's serial key work if I'm being buged to enter one? (which I wasn't on the last two).
Thanks in advance.