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  • Windows xp, is this legit?

    I need a copy of Window XP, is this legit?

  • #2
    I don't know if this seller or this exact software is legit.
    But if the question is.... Is a Dell branded copy of Microsoft XP that has a key code that has never been activated and is being sold by a third party legit ? .... the answer is more or less yes.
    This is the OEM (system builder version of the operating system), it is supposed to be sold along with either a hard drive or a motherboard/CPU purchase. There is so much more hardware sold by any vendor than operating systems the requirement that the OS be sold with hardware is easily met on their books.
    When the switch to Vista came along the extra copies of XP made their way to the surplus sales and eventually in this case to Ebay.
    Since it is the OEM version there will be no support from Microsoft, since it is not being sold by Dell there will be no support from Dell.
    If I wanted a copy of XP I would have to decide if I trusted the seller to be selling a keycode that has not been pirated.

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    • #3
      Will a Dell XP disk install on something other than a Dell?

      I've wiped and clean installed about 35 or so computers over the last several months. Many of them Dell's, and I have a Dell copy of Pro and Home that I have slip streamed SP3 onto for those occasions I reload a Dell computer, which is often. Any Dell that has the XP sticker on it can use any "Dell" disk as it is tied to the BIOS.

      Can't say I've ever tried to install a Dell OEM XP onto anything but a Dell. I also wouldn't rule out it working just fine...but then again, this is the same company that, for a long time, chose to re-pin there power supply connectors.
      Coach Pat Summitt - Folding at Home

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      • #4
        It looks completely legit to me. But the price is a ripoff! :eek:

        You could get Windows 7 for just a little bit more.

        I've been tempted to sell 1 of my 3 unused copies of XP for quite some time now. If you're interested, I'll definitely sell it to you for cheaper than that ebayer. :)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by boober
          It looks completely legit to me. But the price is a ripoff! :eek:

          You could get Windows 7 for just a little bit more.

          I've been tempted to sell 1 of my 3 unused copies of XP for quite some time now. If you're interested, I'll definitely sell it to you for cheaper than that ebayer. :)
          If you have an unused copy I'd be glad to take it of your hands. PM me with the price and we can take it from there.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by django1
            If you have an unused copy I'd be glad to take it of your hands. PM me with the price and we can take it from there.
            Done deal thanks. :salute:

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            • #7
              Just wanted to say that I am worse than a woman:(. I was going to get this and then realized that I could run win7 on my machine and could get it for $100. I apologize to Boober for that.

              And then my wife told me that she wanted her OS in French (her mother tongue). So I am back to square one:doh! 1:. Sorry for the bother and apologies again to Boober.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by django1
                Just wanted to say that I am worse than a woman:(. I was going to get this and then realized that I could run win7 on my machine and could get it for $100. I apologize to Boober for that.

                And then my wife told me that she wanted her OS in French (her mother tongue). So I am back to square one:doh! 1:. Sorry for the bother and apologies again to Boober.
                Don't worry about it. :D

                As I said earlier, Windows 7 is not much more and it is alot better than XP, so you're really making the right decision. :salute:

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by django1
                  Just wanted to say that I am worse than a woman:(.
                  As much as I want to....I'm not gonna touch that!:biglaugh:

                  I suppose I should get with it myself. I have five copies of Win7, but all of my machines, except one, is still on XP Pro.
                  Coach Pat Summitt - Folding at Home

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, geez, I'm glad that there aren't too many women around here. I could be in deep doodoo for my comment...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by django1
                      Yeah, geez, I'm glad that there aren't too many women around here. I could be in deep doodoo for my comment...
                      Especially since one of our female forum members is a network administrator/computer guru. :D

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                      • #12
                        Setting the language in Windows 7:
                        http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...f-22582fd35a12

                        What programs does she need? You could install Ubuntu, it is a very user friendly linux distribution. (No hablo frances)
                        http://ubuntu-fr.org/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dvenardos

                          What programs does she need? You could install Ubuntu, it is a very user friendly linux distribution.
                          I got my gf her first computer about a year and a half ago. She is a very smart woman but... it doesn't show when she does "computer stuff". So I don't really care to have to explain another OS to her.

                          For example, over the weekend she needed a little help with what she was doing. I was watching her thinking "wow she finally understands how the tabs work in Chrome". Nothing fancy, just understanding that you can have tabs with different web pages open. And then a little later she lets out a profanity because the "stupid computer" didn't save the webmail she was working on. Long story short: she doesn't get the tabs yet!:doh! 1:

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                          • #14
                            I struggle with this all the time...
                            Windows is the hardest OS to maintain, but users are most familiar with it. At what point does retraining overcome maintenance? I have been so glad that my mother and grandmother had macintosh computers because supporting windows would have been a nightmare...

                            I thought you were married Stephen. :peeping:

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dvenardos

                              I thought you were married Stephen. :peeping:
                              We bought a house together so it is like being married. We have been living together for about 14 years but aren't married. In Quebec people don't marry as much as elsewhere so I use the term "wife" so that you guys understand that I can't just go out and buy an amp or a sub when I feel like it...;)

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