OT: Win XP Assist

Kludge wh7hg.hi at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 6 18:04:05 EDT 2010

Problem: I have three machines with legit Win XP Pro COAs, none of which are
Dells, and a Dell Win XP Pro recovery disk on the inbound from a machine
that let its smoke out a while ago.  Dell does some proprietary things with
Windoze like using the BIOS to check the serial number and loading Windoze
into a hidden directory from whence it runneth.  I don’t have the COA for
this disk which may be problematic.  


At one time I had a store-bought XP Pro OEM disk (basic, with no SP-type
updates - there was a directory on the CD with SP1 and SP2 in it which I
slipstreamed in when I was building a system disk) but it has proven to be
gone, one of many victims of the move.  That was easy to work with since I
could add the needed drivers and everything to make unattended install disks
for the systems I had at the time.  (They all had legal COAs too, in case
anyone cares.)


Now I have three more machines for which I have COAs, a 3.4 GHz P4 HT and
two 500 MHz P III Panasonic CF-27 Toughbooks, the latter two of which will
have to have way stripped versions of XP to work nicely.  (I’d put Win2K on
them but I don’t have a disk and I don’t have COAs for it.  It would have to
be stripped too anyway.)  


What I would like to know is if anyone has experience with Dell CDs and can
advise me on what has to be done to make one more generic.


Mahalo nui loa for your patience.


Best regards,


Michael, WH7HG BL01xh

Hiki Nô! 


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