Using win 2000 pro cd from DELL

By dmk75
Feb 21, 2005
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  1. Does anybody knows how to use a windows 2000 pro cd from Dell to install it on a different PC not a dell. I have a Legal license sticker for win 2000 pro but CD wont work.
    I know its can be done, but how?
    Any help?????

    Dmitry
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    What is the problem?
    That CD should be a standard OEM Win2K installation CD, The only thing that makes it different than a retail copy is that it doesn't come with a box or documentation, and it has a label on it that says Dell.

    The problem may be the service pack. If the CD has a different revision than the key you are using, it won't work.
  3. dmk75

    dmk75 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    it says something like "this product is for use with DELL computer only".

    Help?

    Thanks
    Dmitry
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    It shouldn't say that if that is a valid Dell OEM key, if it is from a retail copy of 2k, that would explain your problem.
  5. dmk75

    dmk75 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The error message comes on before i have a chance to enter key code.

    Dmitry
  6. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Dell stopped givng straight up OEM OS disks quite some time ago. their disks now have the OS on them but they also have a little program in them that checks to see if the disk is in a Dell machine and if it isnt then it wont install.
  7. dmk75

    dmk75 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well I know that. So how can I get around that, because I know its possible?

    Anybody?

    Dmitry.
  8. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    I think I'd know if that was true, since I work for Dell. And it isn't. For that to happen, the disc would have to check to see if the system has a Dell BIOS. I've installed Dell OEM versions of Windows on many non-dell systems, as have many of my collegues. Matter of fact, one of the first popular bootleg versions of Windows XP was of a Dell OEM copy of XP Pro. This was quite widely publicized.

    Matter of fact, as of late summer '04 Dell stopped shipping any discs at all with new Dimension and Inspiron systems unless you request them. Those systems have a backup image on them instead.
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Check the autorun.inf file on that CD. On a regular W2K disk it points to setup.exe in the root. If it points somewhere else, start that PC with e.g. a W98-bootfloppy with CD-ROM support. Insert the CD, go to it and type setup and hit enter.
  10. Beer Chaser

    Beer Chaser Newcomer, in training

    dell win2k pro reinstalling disk

    02-20-2005 09:59 PM
    dmk75 it says something like "this product is for use with DELL computer only".

    Help?

    Thanks
    Dmitry
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    02-20-2005 10:10 PM
    StormBringer It shouldn't say that if that is a valid Dell OEM key, if it is from a retail copy of 2k, that would explain your problem.
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    I know for a fact that dell makes operating system disks

    that warn , "this product is for use with DELL computer only".

    My win2k pro disk checks for dell hardware . If I try a different

    computer I get the above warning .
  11. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Borrow someone else's W2K-CD and install, using your own key.

    Or copy the whole i386 folder to the HD and try running winnt.exe (from DOS) or winnt32.exe (from Windows) from the same i386 folder.
  12. Beer Chaser

    Beer Chaser Newcomer, in training

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    Borrow someone else's W2K-CD and install, using your own key.

    Or copy the whole i386 folder to the HD and try running winnt.exe (from DOS) or winnt32.exe (from Windows) from the same i386 folder.
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    Thank you for reply .

    I don't have anyone who has win2k around .

    I bought computer from boeing company . It came with 2 win2k disks
    that are for big corps . That is that they all have the same key .

    I will try your suggestion and burn i386 folder to cd then boot with
    win98 floppy with cd support on it .

    Hope it works . It was only a test for me to see if it would install
    on a non dell computer .

    Read statement that cd would not give warning . Just reinforcing
    what the poor guy with same problem said is true
    :hotbounce :knock:
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