Title: Windows XP Install Discs
Ceielo - May 14, 2009 05:59 AM (GMT)
I am about to buy a Windows XP Pro Install Disc from Bethel Alaska PC for 200 dollars.
I just went to Ozzy's place, and I was walking out of the room, and something caught my eye because it was shining so brightly behind it's plastic covering. I picked up the disc in it's plastic protection stuff.
I read it and it says:
Windows XP Home Install for System Builders.
I checked on NewEgg and it says this:
Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.
What does that mean? Can I install Windows XP Home with that? Will it be a Full Install?
I looked at that and the other ones, and I still can't tell the difference between XP Home or XP Pro, and I can't tell the difference between Retail Install and Install for System Builders.
Basically, I need help because that stuff is very confusing to me.
CrimsonSkull - May 14, 2009 07:54 AM (GMT)
Only difference between Pro and Home is features most home user's don't need. Pro is more aimed toward business owners or people who need extra encryption and security options, and networking capabilities for running larger LANs.
As far as the diff between system builder and retail. System builder is a version given to companies who manufacture computers such as Dell, HP, etc. As long as it hasn't been previously installed on another computer it should be fine to install it.
200 bucks is steep for XP Pro. Vista home premium only runs 99 here now and XP home down to like 75. I can see Vista Ultimate running that much but XP is pretty old by now.
Ceielo - May 14, 2009 01:41 PM (GMT)
Can I install XP more than once using either of the discs? I have some friends who are building systems too that want XP Pro, which is why I was going to get the 200 one. They were going to help pay for it when they get their stuff done.
I'm also thinking of building a few systems to sell around the villages.
Ceielo - May 15, 2009 05:04 PM (GMT)
Ok, fuck Windows XP Pro, if I use the System Builders disc, will it fully install Windows XP Home? I'm going to get the disc soon and post a picture of it soon.
CrimsonSkull - May 16, 2009 04:53 AM (GMT)
It will fully install XP home, yes.
As far as installing it more than once no. Once installed it will recognize your computer only. So you can reinstall it on your computer as many times as needed. But it will not let you activate it on any other computer. MS is bitchy about the licensing crap in XP and Vista. Legally you'd have to pay an additional fee per computer. Illegally there are tons of hacks, cracks, and work arounds available on the net (especially for XP) to by pass the activation crap.
Ceielo - May 20, 2009 05:33 AM (GMT)
Fucking Hell, I ended up buying XP Pro for 125 dollars (Retail Version) off eBay because I'm paranoid. It said that System Builder Edition needs to be sold with the computer it came with and no other way should I have it, so I just gave up on it. That's what it said in the EULA. I used to crack stuff like Alcohol 120% and Photoshop, but I think Microsoft would be pissed at a whole OS like that.
CrimsonSkull - May 20, 2009 08:30 AM (GMT)
Yeah 120 isn't too bad. And the cracks and stuff are always deadly ground since 90% end up having viruses.
Ceielo - May 20, 2009 10:28 PM (GMT)
I had virus problems on my old computer (not fun at all). I'm thinking of selling this disc around here for like 180 (20 less than that guy at Bethel) and getting Vista.
A lot of the problems I hear about Vista, are all on Laptops. I don't think I ever heard problems with Vista in Desktops. Still, my board might not handle it right since it can't even handle 4GB RAM too well. I'll throw a Bible at it if it messes up with XP Pro installed and get Vista.
So now a new question: From what I read here, does that mean if I install XP Pro from my disc to a PC, I can't install XP Pro on another computer because it's installed on one already? And I have to buy another disc to get XP on another system, even if I own it??
CrimsonSkull - May 21, 2009 04:52 AM (GMT)
When you install XP it picks a piece of hardware in your computer and when activated it registers that piece of hardware to Microsoft as a way to recognize your computer. I don't know what piece of hardware it is I know its not the hard drive as I've changed mine and was still able to activate after a reinstall. But if you try to activate it on another computer it will tell you it can't be activated because its installed on another computer. You can purchase the right to install it on another computer from Microsoft for a fee which I believe is close to the price of a new disc. Its dumb but it stops people from just passing out install disc to everyone and people all having a free OS.
We once called MS tech support and told them we had a new computer and they gave us an activation code so we cheated to get it on two computers. It'll prolly work once but trying it too many times they will catch on.