Re: [NTO] OEM Win2k
- Ray, Paul, et al
At 03:23 PM 5/9/01, you wrote:
>Hello AllIf it's cheap enough, I'd do it.
>I know of a damaged Pentium III PC for sale at a very low price. I'm
>considering buying it just to get the Win2000 operating system CD plus
>Service Pack 1. I'll scrap the computer and load the operating system onto
>my computer (also a Pentium III).
>My questions:Possesion is 9/10ths of the law and legality here is clear if you purchase
>1.) Is this legal? That is, is it ok to continue to use an Original
>Equipment Manufacturer's version of Windows 2000 on a computer other than
>the one the system came on (assuming the original PC is no longer in
the computer/software from a legal source and get a bill of sale.
The real issue is whether or not you can register it with Microsoft as your
My advise is don't try to. If the previous owner registered it and you try
to, you will open a pandora's box you will never get closed (It would be
simpler to buy Win2K outright).
However, registering it doesn't really buy you that much anymore.
You can go to
and download updates and service packs for free, registered or not.
>2.) The damaged (and soon to be scrapped PC) is a Dell and my machine is aThere is an OEM version of Win2K pro which simply means that it is a boot
>Gateway. Are OEM versions of the operating system manufacturer-specific? I
>wouldn't mind if the initial splash screen shows the Dell Logo. I'm
>concerned about operational compatibility of the OS with the rest of my
>hardware and software, especially Office Professional.
disk and can be loaded on a blank hard drive (as opposed to an upgrade
version which requires an existing version to be on the hard drive (can be
fooled) and is not a boot disk).
Dell has an **OEM System Disk** specifically for Dell computers as does
every other manufacturer. Somewhere on this disk is a non machine specific
copy of Win2K which may have (probably) been stripped down to only include
the drivers necessary for that computer and it's peripherals. Also on that
disk will be Dell unique software that may/may not work correctly on
Probably the worst cases of this is computers like e-machine, Compaq, and
Packard Bell computers which are not really made to be upgraded/expanded
with other than their own boards/peripherals.
One major problem is that the Install software on these CD's often looks at
the motherboard/BIOS and if it isn't a Compaq, the install program won't
let you load it.(on a Gateway etc.)
I'm not positive about Dell, but I think you can use both Dell and Gateway
Disks on just about any computer since they offer so many options on OEM
Odds are the Dell software will load on the Gateway and you can just
uninstall/delete any of the Dell stuff that you don't want/need.
In most cases if you know what you are looking for, you can extract just
the Win2K info and use it although you may have to go to your manufacture's
website and download all/many of your drivers.
Also, if the Gateway and/or peripherals are more than a couple of years old
(a Win98 machine as opposed to a Win2K machine), you will need to download
many of the Win2K drivers from the respective manufacturers for your modem,
video bd, printer, etc. IF THE MANUFACTURER WROTE THEM.
In many cases they didn't (My Okidata Laserjet printer) and to run Win2K
you have to buy new Win2K compatible hardware with a Win2K driver.
In some cases (my Diamond Video Card and HP Laserjet printer) they wrote a
generic Win2K driver but didn't upgrade the "goodie" software (InControl
I would highly recommend checking this out BEFORE you load Win2K on any
Personally I really like Win2K and have it on my laptop (a newer Win2K
machine) but unfortunately, I haven't gotten enough mileage on my Win98
machine to warrant replacing/upgrading it just to be able to run Win2K.
Hope it helps.
If you want more specific info, please feel free to send a private e-mail.
- Hi Ray,
> Gateway. Are OEM versions of the operating system manufacturer-specific?I wouldn't do it. I just got through with problems with IBM OEM Win2k
and when you install, it is installing all the IBM drivers and doesn't
give you the option to set up the drive partitions like you would be
able to do if you bought your own copy of Win2k. Also, when repairs are
necessary you can't follow the usual Win2k recovery procedures because
you don't have a 'normal' CD to recover from. Yeah, you buy a license
from Microsoft but you don't get full functionality!
- DA, Jim, Paul
Thanks loads for your help. This whole idea looks too risky to try. You
may have saved me a lot of grief!