A question about this as my knowledge of these things is limited. For those of you who custom build for others, do you give the customer the original disc for the operating system you installed in their machine? Reason I ask is that anyone I know who has had a comp built for them, never seems to have the original windows XP disc. If I was doing one for a friend I would be inclined to include the cost of this in the price and then give them the disc as part of their package. Are some custom builders then, illegally installing operating systems on various machines or is there a legal way around this. If you have to install and register/activate windows to one particular machine....what is the point of keeping the disc, rather than just giving it to the customer. Also If someone has a comp full of viruses and would like their hdd wiped and the OS reinstalled, how do you do it without the disc copy of the OS they already have? This may seem like basic stuff to most on here but I dont want to bugger up anyones computer if they ask me to help them with HDD problems as some people have. Thanks in advance.
All the computers I build for friends or relatives are supplied with a disk with COA. However due to a change in the rules about buying OEM OS software this is no longer possible. So if I build one now I have to factor in the cost of a retail disk. OEM manufacturers generally put the OS on a hidden partition and supply a recovery disk, which takes it back to the factory settings.
What "change in the rules"? I purchased XP Home OEM from click here last week - as long as you buy it with a new PC or an "upgrade" piece of hardware e.g. hard drive, motherboard etc. you can still buy OEM versions as far as I know.
Thanks for posting that link ventanas, I have always thought thought buying an OEM operating system seemed like a false saving to me. As it ment to die with the system it was installed on, at least with a retail copy you could transfer it to your new pc as long as it was uninstalled on the previous one.