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Old 07-28-05, 01:26 AM
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Dell Recovery Win XP CD

My friends old Dell laptop has a motherboard damage and the repair was going to cost him a lot and he gave up and he is getting a Sony VAIO second hand and it has no OS in it,cause the owner sold to him witout any recovery CD nor OS.
So can he install on this Sony laptop with the Dell OEM OS from Dell since it's still his property and he paid for it?
Or does he have to buy a new CD?
Old 07-28-05, 02:33 AM
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I believe the answer to your question is no, because Dell liceneses are solely for use on the specific machine purchased for...
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if the dell cds are like sony cds it will check something in the bios and see it's not a dell and the program won't run
Old 07-28-05, 07:53 PM
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Dell does check the BIOS to authenicate that it is a Dell computer that you are installing onto..at least they did a few years ago.

I know that the newer Sony VAIO's do not come with any CD's at all. You have to pay Sony to get a recovery CD.

Has your friend checked to make sure the OS is not on the harddrive from the command prompt? Look for an i386 folder, that will contain the OS but you may need a CD key. Some systems will automatically install the OS completely. If the harddrive is formatted in NTFS, you may need to use NTFS For DOS.
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hitting the F keys (can't remember which one, maybe F10 or F3) during boot on the sony might bring up the recovery program if that model uses that instead of cds
Old 07-29-05, 02:25 AM
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You can get Vaio's Recovery CD from Sony (you have to pay S&H), but it might not be WinXP
Old 07-30-05, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
Dell does check the BIOS to authenicate that it is a Dell computer that you are installing onto..at least they did a few years ago.

I know that the newer Sony VAIO's do not come with any CD's at all. You have to pay Sony to get a recovery CD.

Has your friend checked to make sure the OS is not on the harddrive from the command prompt? Look for an i386 folder, that will contain the OS but you may need a CD key. Some systems will automatically install the OS completely. If the harddrive is formatted in NTFS, you may need to use NTFS For DOS.

There is a work around. If you start the install w/ any Windows XP disk it will work. This is what I do with my laptop's CD. Built my home system and use the Dell CD because SP2 is on it vs. my full version of Pro only has SP1.
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I'd make a slipstream cd before using a dell one and risk all that bundled crap
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Originally Posted by lxl
You can get Vaio's Recovery CD from Sony (you have to pay S&H), but it might not be WinXP
He can get the Recovery Disk,but it's nothing but crap inside and all the other drivers are already online.But Sony Japan does not provide Win Xp CD'sThey told him to buy one fresh from the Microsoft Japan.
I tried using the Dell CD and it worked.I just formatted the whole HDD and CD booted it and the Win Xp CD works.But this Win Xp is the first one so there is no problem at this moment.I think maybe the never Win Xp CD's are just for Dell machines,but the older one's are not locked for Dell Machines

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