buying xp pro but from where?

  frankie 14:28 08 Jul 2004

buying xp pro but from where? ie what is latest version? i am a home user will not need the tech support bit so will oem version be ok for me i can format and install op systems ok do not want to go for the upgrade version i would like the full version thanks for looking

  TomJerry 14:32 08 Jul 2004

Any big on-line store will see it. XP Home OEM £61.99 click here

  ventanas 16:29 08 Jul 2004

Fine, but what "non=peripheral hardware component" are they supplying with it. Without one, that must be insatlled into the same computer as the version of XP, these versions of XP are illegal.

  frankie 16:58 08 Jul 2004

how can a big store sell illegal op systems?now i am confused...

  bruno 17:02 08 Jul 2004

I take the point Ventanas made,but I read a lot of the "satisfied customers" reports on e buyer site a few days ago,so they must have got round it somehow.

  ventanas 17:07 08 Jul 2004

They are sold through many outlets, Overclockers is a well known one. Just as illegal without a piece of qualifying hardware.

The rules for OEM can be confusing, particularly when Microsoft keep changing their mind. But for OEM versions of XP they are clear.

Must be supplied with a new computer or qualifying non-peripheral item of hardware.

Hardware must be installed into same computer.
If this hardware fails or is removed the XP installation must also be removed.

OEM versions of XP can only be supplied by a Microsoft certified system builder.

If you don't believe me try this lot. click here they will tell you the same.

  mrdsgs 17:18 08 Jul 2004

I believe an IDE cable costing perhaps £1.00 would qualify as "non-peripheral item of hardware".

I bought 5 OEM copies of XP Pro for new systems and have so far only built 3 systems up. I think I paid £75 per copy. I can get more so would be happy to sell on a copy with a cheap piece of qualifying hardware if anyone is interested.

For the record, all 5 copies are genuine microsoft originals and were/are individually sealed/shrink wrapped with Service pack one on the CD and have genuine CoA which should be stuck peramanently to the case. All therefore have their own unique CD Key and therefore activate on-line in the normal way. They are not the "branded Dell" versions that are often seen on eBay - be wary of them as their Cd key has probably already been activated.


  frankie 18:00 08 Jul 2004

so to oem or not

  Charence 18:00 08 Jul 2004

so you're saying that I could buy an OEM version legally if I also purchase something such as an IDE cable.

But then if my IDE cable becomes faulty or if I replace it, legally, I would have to also replace the OEM version?


  frankie 18:35 08 Jul 2004

why is it you try to do it all legal and something comes up to make you rethink,its never easy when me and the computer get together,another problem then if i buy an oem and do my constant upgrading i will hit more problems re the oem licence? is this correct?.

  frankie 19:56 08 Jul 2004


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