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  • Is it okay to install the oem version of microsoft (provided by dell) on a new hardrive if I am using the same computer (motherboard ect.)
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 3:32 PM

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  • Good Morning Krisnam,

    Thank you for visiting our forum today. It shouldn't be a problem if all you are doing is changing the Hard Drive. 


    Take care :-)


    Stephen
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    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:18 PM
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:18 PM

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  • Good Morning Krisnam,

    Thank you for visiting our forum today. It shouldn't be a problem if all you are doing is changing the Hard Drive. 


    Take care :-)


    Stephen
    Attention All Forum Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own which will help minimize confusion. If any post fixes your issue, please click the "Post was Helpful" button for that post. This will help us showcase the threads that best help our customers. Thank you, Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:18 PM
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009 4:18 PM
  • Hello krisnam,

    As Stephen mentioned, your are well within your usage rights to install a Dell OEM installation of XP onto a new hard disk drive in that same Dell computer, as long as the first original installation of XP is not also being used on this or any other computer, including in a dual-boot situation on this original computer.

    In order to maintain the two special partitions and the special Dell bootloader that came preloaded on the original hard disk drive, IMO your best course of action is to use a disk imaging utility to copy the previous installation bit-for-bit to the new hard disk drive.  Most hard disk drive manufacturers include  such a utility on the CD that comes with a retail hard disk drive.  They also have these utilities available for free download and free usage at their support sites.

    If your current installation of XP is in good working condition, using the disk imaging tools is a BIG time-saver. :-)  Once you've established that the new or copies installation is working fine, go ahead and reformat the old hard disk drive and use it for additional general storage.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 8:22 PM