Hi, I have a new pc but as yet no OS. I am going to purchase an OEM Windows XP Home for it. I have found a cheap one which says it is genuine, licensed, and in an unopened pack. It originally went with a dell computer, but he says it has never been activated - would it be wise to trust this. A friend has given me his XP disc with activation code, but I think it may be an OEM which I understand won't work on another pc. How can I tell looking at the disc if it is an OEM? Written on the disc amongst other things is: "for distribution with a new PC only" and "Microsoft products are licensed to OEMs by Microsoft" etc. Do I just simply have to buy another OEM being as here in Australia there is virtually no full retail ones available. Thanks in advance.
is licenced for, and intended for use on a new computer only. The licence officially 'dies' when the computer does, you may not install it on another machine, which is why you saw "for distribution with a new PC only".
If OEM software was legal to use on any computer we would all be buying it - Microsoft wouldn't sell anything else.