Can I install Windows XP Pro (x64) on an HP workstation with the Dell OEM disc?

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I have a remote HP workstation (xw9300) that needs to be re-formatted with XP Pro x64.  It has the original serial number on the sticker on its side, but no media. I have Dell workstations in my local office and i have the Dell OEM Windows XP Pro x64 disc.  
I have to ask the remote user to take the PC to a Geeksquad for an install (yes, i have to do this).  I feel like we probably need to supply the media, but i am not sure if this will work.  Anyone know for sure, one way or the other?

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Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager
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OEM installations usually will not be capable of installing on a different machine. (I wasn't even able to install a Toshiba OEM XP on a different Toshiba of the same model).
Yes you can send your copy to install remote computer. Your OEM copy will accept the serial number on the sticker.
You may need to install some drivers separately since OEM only support limited hardware.
The Dell disc wont work on the HP but you can use the Dell disc to create an XP cd that will by changing the PID number. I have used this method many times with great success.
http://daniel.streefkerkonline.com/creating-a-new-oem-windows-xp-cd/

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I have done this many times and it has always worked. Maybe I am just lucky..
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network Manager

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So it seems that it might be a hit-and-miss possibility.  :)
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>>Anyone know for sure, one way or the other?

Yes, the Dell XP64 OEM CD uses System  Locked Preinstallation (SLP) to check for Dell hardware before activation - if you put it on the HP it will install but not activate, if you phone Microsoft the response key it generates will indicate to them what's going on and they'll bounce you to Dell.

The Key on the HP box's case won't work with an OEM disk either as the HP uses a restore disk set to reinstall and the sticker would need to be for XP64 if it's for any other OS Geeksquad will want you to prove you have a valid XP64 license. The xw9300 series are shipped with a recovery partition but unless it was shipped with XP64 originally that won't be a lot of help to you.

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It really depends on the BIOS manufacturer. Dell uses AMI BIOS and Phonix BIOS on the older models. If your HP system has the same BIOS manufacturer, you should be able to install without any issues. The only thing is that the Windows installation will require activation within an 30 day period.
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It's not related to AMI or Phoenix at all - both have customised, manufacturer specific versions of the BIOS, one says,  "hello I'm a Dell",  at boot and the other "HP".

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Yes that's what I mean..If the OEM windows CD doesn't distinguish from the BIOS if the system is Dell or HP, the installation will carry on fine without any issues. but you will still have to activate it after installation.

Hope this helps.

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MASQUERAID: are you sure XP Pro 64 gets activated? I thought that was just a retail thing.
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All XP disks use activation but OEM SLP disks report they are activated when they are installed on matching hardware so they don't need to "'phone home" to Microsoft.

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