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Old April 16th 03, 11:51 PM
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Many sites are selling XP pro (full) for about $150.
It's the OEM version and usually ships with "a piece of

hardware".
What's up with this? It sounds great but is there a

catch?
Here's an example:
http://www.viosoftware.com/micwinxpprof.html

thanks,


Keith Runfola
www.jazzdrummer.com
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I got my cersion as an OEM, I got it for $89 and Office

XPw/FPXP. I paid only $89 for each one, and they are the
full CD and not just updates. They are in great shape.
Most places will not ship w/o hardware, but the place I
use shipped just the software.
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Old April 17th 03, 06:29 AM
Keith Runfola
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Default OEM version of XP pro?

Thanks everyone for your replies.
I'm still not clear on one thing.
I recently bought a nice used computer and I think the OS (XP pro)
may not be a legal copy. Certainly, it's not registered to me.
I want to go legit as cheaply as possible. So my question is:
Can I get an OEM CD that I can use to register or change whatever
registration I have now. I would need to do this without wiping out my
existing files. Also, I would like it if this CD would work as a
"re-install" disk in case XP ever goes south on me.
Thanks again,


On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 15:51:38 -0700, wrote:


-----Original Message-----
Many sites are selling XP pro (full) for about $150.
It's the OEM version and usually ships with "a piece of

hardware".
What's up with this? It sounds great but is there a

catch?
Here's an example:
http://www.viosoftware.com/micwinxpprof.html

thanks,


Keith Runfola
www.jazzdrummer.com
.
I got my cersion as an OEM, I got it for $89 and Office

XPw/FPXP. I paid only $89 for each one, and they are the
full CD and not just updates. They are in great shape.
Most places will not ship w/o hardware, but the place I
use shipped just the software.


Keith Runfola
www.jazzdrummer.com
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Old April 17th 03, 03:16 PM
Len Segal
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Default OEM version of XP pro?

Keith,

Did it come with an OS CD? If not, is it a "branded" machine? Branded
machines oftentimes don't come with CDs, but have hidden partitions on the
HDD with the OS on it.

If neither of the above applies, then indeed you do not have a legal OS. Go
to a reputable shop and buy a Full or OEM OS. OEM will legally require the
purchase of some hardware, but it can be something small/cheap like a mouse,
etc. as I currently understand the rules.

Beware of counterfeit software, there are tons of folks selling this for
unbelievable prices, because they aren't legit and they can get the CDs for
~$20 each. Real legit OEM OS or Office cost the dealer "real money", so they
can't give them away for dirt prices.

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Thanks everyone for your replies.
I'm still not clear on one thing.
I recently bought a nice used computer and I think the OS (XP pro)
may not be a legal copy. Certainly, it's not registered to me.
I want to go legit as cheaply as possible. So my question is:
Can I get an OEM CD that I can use to register or change whatever
registration I have now. I would need to do this without wiping out my
existing files. Also, I would like it if this CD would work as a
"re-install" disk in case XP ever goes south on me.
Thanks again,




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