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  • Hi,
    I recently bought a Dell Laptop for work that came with Windows XP pre-installed (and a Vista upgrade CD).  I also own a one year old iMac that I have for home use.  Can I install the copy of XP that came with my laptop on to bootcamp, or do I need to purchase a new license?  What is the policy on this?

    Also, I looked around my laptop for the validation key and could only find the Vista validation key sticker, not the XP.  Would they be the same or must there be another sticker somewhere that I can't find.

    Thanks
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 2:18 PM

Answers

  • Hello Adrock25,

      Windows that come pre-installed on a computer are known as OEM versions. Licensing for OEM Windows allow it only to be used on the computer it came pre-installed on. So can not be used on any other computer. So to use XP on your iMac, a non-OEM version would need to be used.

      Normally a computer will come with one OS license (either XP or Vista) so the Sticker would have the corresponding product key. I don't know how it works with Dell when a computer comes with both OSs. I have a feeling that they assumed, since they gave you the Vista upgrade CD, that you wouldn't need an XP key, but you would need to contact Dell to find out the true reason why an XP key was not provided.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 4:17 PM

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  • Hello Adrock25,

      Windows that come pre-installed on a computer are known as OEM versions. Licensing for OEM Windows allow it only to be used on the computer it came pre-installed on. So can not be used on any other computer. So to use XP on your iMac, a non-OEM version would need to be used.

      Normally a computer will come with one OS license (either XP or Vista) so the Sticker would have the corresponding product key. I don't know how it works with Dell when a computer comes with both OSs. I have a feeling that they assumed, since they gave you the Vista upgrade CD, that you wouldn't need an XP key, but you would need to contact Dell to find out the true reason why an XP key was not provided.

    Thank you,
    Darin MS

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 4:17 PM
  • Hello Adrock25,

    Your new Dell is licensed for the version and edition of Windows that is described on the Certificate of Authenticty (CoA) affixed to the computer, in this case Windows Vista.

    It sounds like your Dell was shipped with a "courtesy installation" of Windows XP Professional installed under the downgrade rights that come with OEM licenses for Windows Vista Business and Ultimate.  So on your Dell and ONLY on your Dell, you can run either XP Pro OR Vista Biz/Ult. but not both in a dual boot.  And as Darin posted, you are not permitted by the EULA to install your Dell-supplied XP Pro or Vista on any other computer, period.  If you want to install Windows via bootcamp, you need to purchase a full retail license or an OEM license for the version and edition of Windows you want to run on your Mac.

    Your Dell probably has the recovery image to reinstall XP Pro on the hard disk drive (look for a 4GB partition in Disk Management, that's it), and may have shipped with the Dell OS Reinstallation CD for XP Pro along with the Dell OS Reinstallation DVD for Vista Biz or Ult.

    The Product Key (PK) used to install the current installation of XP Pro is most likely Dell's standard XP Pro deployment PK, *****-*****-T6DFB-Y934T-YD4YT.

    If you wanted to remove XP and install Vista at some later date, you would use the Dell OS Reinstallation DVD for Vista.  It's likely that the installation would complete without asking for a PK, but if it did ask, you would supply the PK on your Vista CoA.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:12 PM