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XP Pro OEM Single User

by jean_macpherson / February 23, 2006 7:23 PM PST

Please help. I bought a copy of the above online to overwrite my French version of XP. I see, however, that it is intended for PC server manufacturers and assemblers ONLY. Does this mean I cannot use the disk to overwrite my software? I'm reluctant to try it without advice. Unfortunately, my husband broke the seal on the package when it arrived so presumably I can't exchange it if necessary.

Getting desperate!

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by joesmithers06 / February 23, 2006 9:08 PM PST
In reply to: XP Pro OEM Single User

You're free to use it, it just comes with a few restrictions.

First, once you activate it, it's locked to that system's hardware configuration.

Second, there's no support for it whatsoever.

Otherwise, it's a fully functioning copy that you are free to use.

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OK but .....
by jean_macpherson / February 23, 2006 11:33 PM PST
In reply to: Nope

Could you please expand on your two reservations to allow me to make a decision as I don't fully understand the restrictions and what they would mean to me. Would I still be able to get Windows Updates, for example, and what exactly is involved in "activating" it?


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About Windows Updates. Yes, that works. What doesn't is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2006 11:48 PM PST
In reply to: OK but .....

1. You can't call Microsoft for support.

The OEM that provides this is your support link. Not Microsoft.

2. You do NOT have access to HOT FIXES that you have to call Microsoft for. I've provided a few examples of such in the past and no longer post them when people ask. Sorry, but it's not productive to repeat those exercises.

Such hot-fix patches are thankfully for very rare bugs.

-> Let me note ONE BIG ISSUE is you noted XP PRO OEM and not XP PRO SP2 OEM. A buddy had to create a better CD with AUTOSTREAMER since they had XP Home SP2 installed and XP PRO (notice no SP2) could not upgrade it or boot and support the over 127GB hard disk.

There is some that don't want SP2, but not me.


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Thanks, but ......
by jean_macpherson / February 24, 2006 2:50 AM PST

It does have SP2, I forgot to mention it. I note all you say and think I will go ahead after backing up all my important stuff.

Thanks to all for their assistance.


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