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  • I am trying to use my restore disk from my old dell to use on a different old dell but I keep getting a warning that I am not using a genuine copy.  It is genuine  because it came with the 1st dell I bought.  I no longer have the old computer which would have the sticker on the back.  Is there any other way to get around this?  Help!
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 6:47 PM

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  • OEM licensed versions of Windows are non-transferrable to a different computer.  Only "retail" Windows licenses are transferrable.  If you purchase a computer with an OEM version of Windows installed, and the computer dies, so does the Windows OEM license.

    Carey Frisch

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:17 PM

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  • Preinstalled Windows licneses are NOT TRANSFERABLE to any other machine.

    You will have to use the Recovery media for the machine that you ar using, and clean install.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 9:45 PM
  • Really?  That stinks!  I purchased two dells, one with vista the other with xp.  the one with xp did not come with a restore disc.  That one though I was able to get going again but with the vista restore disk.  It worked for a few weeks before it started asking for a product key.  The dell that came with the vista just completely quite so I recycled it.  I don't see why I can't use this restore disk since I bought it.   

    Thank you for your reply.

    Monica

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:06 PM
  • OEM licensed versions of Windows are non-transferrable to a different computer.  Only "retail" Windows licenses are transferrable.  If you purchase a computer with an OEM version of Windows installed, and the computer dies, so does the Windows OEM license.

    Carey Frisch

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:17 PM
  • Really?  That stinks!  I purchased two dells, one with vista the other with xp.  the one with xp did not come with a restore disc.  That one though I was able to get going again but with the vista restore disk.  It worked for a few weeks before it started asking for a product key.  The dell that came with the vista just completely quite so I recycled it.  I don't see why I can't use this restore disk since I bought it.   

    Thank you for your reply.

    Monica

    Not really - the cost of an OEM license for Windows is very significantly lower for two main reasons.

    1) The OEM is required to provide software support as well as hardware support.

    2) The License is non-tranferable.

    If you require a transferable license you have to purchase a Full Retail one.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth

    Friday, September 21, 2012 4:29 PM