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  • I enjoy life.

    I enjoy the fact that I have no choice but to pay for Windows when buying a Dell computer (at least to take advantage of any consumer grade deals, I'm proud to say we run Windows as rarely as we can at work) .

    I enjoy that *after* paying for something I have no choice but to pay for, when installing Windows off the Dell-given XP SP1 CD, Windows states some message to the degree that it can not verify that my software is legit.

    Please let me know where to send the DNA sample or how to get rid of this message.  I assume I'll have to jump through some hoops.  In my opinion, if there's a Product Key on the computers, I should just type it in - not have to jump through a bunch of stupid hoops to download utility files just to "make sure my copy is genuine".

     

    And seriously, we all know there's no "benefits" of being genuine.  Gee, we can try IE7 when it comes out?  Wow, great.  I can download the Beta now and I'm sure I can download IE7 when it's out of Beta.

    Oh, and all of those "problems" I've had when I haven't installed off of a CD that has a hologram, per the "gallery of unlicensed Windows"

    Oh, wait - that's what I'm having now. 

    I'm ashamed to be an MCSE.  I can now support a product that frustrates me.

     

    Oh, well - at least between the blue screens of death, trouble installing, etc, one thing Microsoft has going for it -- you're a consistent dissapointment.

    95% chance this post will be deleted.

    - John C. Young

    jcy@nevermind.org

    Friday, July 28, 2006 5:52 AM

Answers

  • Step 1 is to download and run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, Copy to Clipboard, then paste the report into a response message in this thread.

    Step 2 is tell us about the COA.  Tell us:

    1.  What edition of Windows XP is it for, Home, Pro, or Media Center?

    2.  Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3.  Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4.  DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Not sure what to look for?  Click here:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.msp

    Friday, July 28, 2006 12:36 PM

All replies

  • Step 1 is to download and run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, Copy to Clipboard, then paste the report into a response message in this thread.

    Step 2 is tell us about the COA.  Tell us:

    1.  What edition of Windows XP is it for, Home, Pro, or Media Center?

    2.  Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3.  Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4.  DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Not sure what to look for?  Click here:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.msp

    Friday, July 28, 2006 12:36 PM
  • Elusive,

    Dell sells computers without Windows.

    Saturday, July 29, 2006 3:30 PM
  • DAN;

    Don't know if you get out much but for the past few weeks or perhaps more there are NOW many stores(some big name) that are selling their computers WITHOUT M* installed. The feedback I got from the clerks was people are fed up with M* and the latest tactics and so they pulled M* out so they could sell them. But your sales and marketing people should already know that. Anyway take care and good luck!

    PATRICK

    Sunday, July 30, 2006 9:21 PM
  • Patrickone,

    I take that as a victory.  It's likely that those were the stores selling computers with pirated copies of Windows installed, and that the buyers were all future visitors to this site!

    Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:52 PM