I run xp home (update version) and want to try pro.
I understand that a clean install is best but two factors put me off this 1. the upgrade disk is cheaper 2. I would prefer to keep all my docs and settings.
I am looking on ebay for the software and want to buy genuine but am confused with all the dell type branded discs for sale and the other oem, product keys supplied on pieces of paper and the rest. also what is the piece of hardware that has to be supplied to stay within ebay guidelines.
anyone know of a good retailer with the softwrae at a right price ?
With e-buyer you don't have to buy any extra hardware, I bought an oem full version (not upgrade) of xp home from them. I think the rules have been relaxed of microsoft are turning a blind eye to this now.
You DO have to buy a qualifying non-peripheral item of hardware. You also have to install it into the same computer that you are installing the OEM version of Windows to, and keep it there. These rules have NOT been relaxed. If you do not do this then you are running an illegal copy of Windows.
The only rule that Microsift have recently relaxed is that of change of motherboard severing an OEM licence. You now have to change both board and chassis.