smartin4 wrote:Ian wrote:
If you're buying a copy of Vista with your computer, it is activated by the OEM. From what I can gather, you can install these bundled versions as many times as you want on that computer.
That would be similar to the XP copies we get when we buy from Dell, most of the time it never asks you for the key code, but if you attempt to install the os from the Dell supplied cd to a non-Dell pc, you are asked to activate the software.
I would assume that that feature is either built into the install, or there is something on the utility partition that comes on all Dell pcs that tells the os install that it doesn't need the code for the install.
When you but a Dell PC with a preloaded OEM, Windows XP,
the activation/license/key business is in their customized BIOS.
That's why is speaks up when one is attempting to load it on another PC.
So if your Dell proprietary mobo dies and you want to replace it with a generic, but specwise identical, Intel board from newegg, well............................