Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by 5Gen_Prelude, May 27, 2005.
Why? Because I don't want all this preloaded shit on my laptop and I'm only given a rescue disk.
No. OEM keys do not work in Retail or Corp. installs.
The other problem is I want to install a second partition. I can't seem to get an external HD to work in DOS so I can't ghost the image (which is even more important than getting rid of the extra installed stuff). It's weird too because they do provide you with all of the drivers to install 2000 or XP, but not the actual XP/2000 CD.
What is the point in having a license key then? I can't remember ever needing it unless I was installing. Also, could I install the Corp CD and then use MS's key changer?
You could probably find a copy of windows XP pro OEM on the right torrent sites or other warez locations...
Gotta love the fact you need to do that just for a clean install. Always hated how the load computers up with all kinds of crap from the factory.
a reason why to not buy prefab systems.
well, for all intents and purposes, XP OEM/Retail/Corp are DIFFERENT products. That's like asking why your XP Home CD-Key doesn't work with Adobe Photoshop... Different products.
I don't mind the crap they load - it's good for people who don't know what they are doing, but they don't give the option of just giving you the disc
Well aside from the key issue, what is the difference between my OEM Pro and Corp?
Mainly licensing... But the idea was that you couldn't go to your office (corp), copy a key and use it at home (retail). Likewise, OEM copies from companies such as Dell/HP/Gateway/etc wouldn't work with other people's retail CDs.
It wasn't until a few years back that OEM copies really became popular in the consumer circle... Mainly with the decrease in hardware prices, and increase in general knowledge about computers.
But that's the point, you can easily use the Company's OEM CD at home. Sure not legally, and that's why I'd like to use my key.
Anyway, do you think MS's key changer would work?
i don't think so.
Yes, you can change it IF they are both PRO. There is a file on the CD that tells it what version (OEM, Retail, Corp) it is. I don't have a CD handy so I can't look it up right now. You have to edit that file and change the product ID, then reburn the CD. You will need an ISO editor to do it right.
The file is SETUPP.INI (spelling is correct). The line you need to change is Pid=
Take the PID from the OEM version, plug it into the corp CD SETUPP.INI, and your key will work.
are you connecting via usb and don't have a dos usb driver? try one of these:
I did try Ghost's USB driver and it didn't work so I stopped there (I tried it on my desktop with no problems but then I don't need a USB drive for it to work).
Seriously, the "crap" they load is easily removable. There really is very little on there that can't be removed by a trip to the Add/Remove Programs control panel applet.
This doesn't sound like what you really want though.
As I said, that was part of it, the other was splitting the drive into two.