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Can use Dell's Vista DVD on other PCs?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by chunkie, Aug 31, 2008.

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  1. chunkie

    chunkie Notebook Guru

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    The XPS system i bought comes with a Vista Reinstallation DVD. It says 'only use this DVD to reinstall the OS on a Dell PC'.

    If I do not reinstall the OS on another PC, but only use it to boot up the non-Dell PC, repair the PC and restore the system restore points.

    Will any error occur due to the different hardware system?
     
  2. Datamonger

    Datamonger Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, the person who I bought my laptop from gave me a copy of his Dell Vista Home Premium DVD since he didn't have the restore discs for the computer. It works just fine for me and all I have to do is put in my product key from under my laptop after I install it.
     
  3. reborn2003

    reborn2003 THE CHIEF!

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    Yeh it should work fine. I use mine to do any error fixing all the times. All Vista dvd disk essentially are the same. Only differs on 32bit and 64bit versions.
    If you try installing using the dell vista dvd the only thing that will happen is that you will need to change your product key to activate and the dell logo will appear in the brand area of computer properties.

    But yeh you can use it fine.
     
  4. paper_wastage

    paper_wastage Beat this 7x7x7 Cube

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    the dell vista disc does check whether ur computer is a Dell..otherwise it wont install

    might be different in some cases, but generally is that
     
  5. millermagic

    millermagic Rockin the pinktop

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    How can it check if the computer is a dell?
     
  6. SteveJonesy

    SteveJonesy Notebook Evangelist

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    Usually checks for a Dell branded BIOS.
     
  7. nizzy1115

    nizzy1115 Notebook Prophet

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    The answer is NO. It is against the EULA.
     
  8. kanehi

    kanehi Notebook Deity

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    You can but the OS will be Dell branded.
     
  9. Forte

    Forte NBR's Supreme Angel

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    Yup you can. Like others have said, the Dell Vista DVD does check your computer's BIOS to make sure its a Dell. If you are installing on a computer that is NOT a Dell, then you will have to provide your own product key and activation code when you install.
     
  10. sesshomaru

    sesshomaru Suspended Disbelief!

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    The OP is asking whether the Recovery Console works, on other systems, I think..

    It should...
     
  11. talin

    talin Notebook Prophet

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    No it's not ok, because that particular disc is OEM, and as such, it is tied to that computer. But since you don't care about EULA's, I guess there's no point in me saying so. :rolleyes:
    If you think spending $100-300 per copy of an OS is stupid, then linux is perfect for you.
    And please, consult the forum rules next time before posting an inflammatory comment.
     
  12. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Watch the language. It is not condoned around here. If you don't like Microsoft's EULA, go to Linux. Problem solved.
     
  13. sesshomaru

    sesshomaru Suspended Disbelief!

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    You pay for the product key, not the disk. If you have a product key, you have already paid up...
     
  14. Apollo13

    Apollo13 Vista Downgrader

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    Cool. I'll make sure I keep my Dell OEM discs - Dell at least doesn't put bloatware on their recovery discs. No more reinstalling from HP recovery discs that have bloatware for me - just using the Dell disc and HP product key. Not that I'd toss them anyways - I <3 Dell OEM discs. Others OEM discs just don't compare.
     
  15. pikinEW

    pikinEW Notebook Enthusiast

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    sweet !!!!!
     
  16. canada16

    canada16 Notebook Evangelist

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    Ok I have done it as I lost my old disk for my other computer and tried using.

    I loaded up and everything was fine, which I though sweet.

    But it did say on left click computer, that I only had 14 days left to register a proper M/S code.

    I did not have this, I heard there are ways of faking this, but I dont trust them.

    But I finally managed to find my proper PC disk and thank god as I was on my last couple days before M/S vista would stop running. I assume thats what would have happened or it just would not update.

    So thats my experiance of using my dell disc on another computer.
     
  17. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    And with that we're closing the thread.

    Bottom line guys: you need another key to legally install the OS on another computer.
     
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