Installing Windows on a formatted hard drive - Custom Comp.

By CyberPower19 ยท 5 replies
Jul 9, 2004
  1. Hey yall. I need help, well its premature, because I havent even recieved my new customized computer yet. But I bought the computer formatted, because I have a windows xp cd. I was wondering if I will be able to use any windows cd to install windows on this comp. Like will I be able to use a disc that came with my dell? If not what can I do, I dont want to have to buy another windows cd. Your help is greatly appreciated.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You can install any Windows on that computer you want (well I'd say from 98 on and probably 95 if you really wanted to) if you have a Windows install CD. However you will no be able to use any type of 'restore' cd that came from some brand name computer. You will have to have a Windows CD itself, not one branded by a company such as dell that includes all kinds of other stuff specific for that computer.
  3. CyberPower19

    CyberPower19 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so i will be able to use the windows xp cd that came with my dell to install windows onto my new computer
  4. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    I think Dell ships their computer with a special OEM copy of Windows XP. I believe you can only install that copy of Windows XP on a Dell computer only.
  5. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    No, you wont be able to do so. You need an original copy of WinXP CD. Sngx has mentioned earlier why.

  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    A Dell XP CD may install fine, but you won't be legal.

    Many Dell OEM XP installs do not require activation. Just the cd-key from your Dell case.

    But you will have a couple of quirky Dell logos here and there. ;)
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