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Old 05-15-2005, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I have worked on 2 dells in the last 3 weeks, both needed a reinstall of OS because of viruses and such, when i ran everest on both of them before i reinstalled they both said the computers had different serials than what was on the COA on the side of the case, also, when i reinstalled it did not ask for the serial and both came back with the serial it said before i reinstalled, also, the serials used were not the same, but im not sure on that because one was XP pro and the other was home...wats up with this...

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Where they reimaged by someone else before your reinstalled XP? You can change the serial number within XP using a tool called RockXP. And also, did you use their reinstall cd? If so, the same serial will come back.

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If you use their install CD, it will not ask for a key. Its an agreement between Microsoft and Dell. As for Dell, their machines are coming with spyware now.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The same thing happens with the HP laptops I have worked on. It's weird but I have noticed it. And most of them were the home edition. I think its like the Dell agreement or something. As long as it works, I'm satisfied. lol
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if they were reimaged or reinstalled they used their own cd, as for one of them no it was not re installed, the first one i worked on with pro, he had just reformatted but i had to again. Neither asked for serial and when i checked it both before and after they were different than the lisence on the side of the case, but what i dont get is wats the point of putting the COA on the side then, does that mean i could potentially just take that serial and use it? cuz its not like anyone would notice right? its like iving away a lisence or something...really freaking stupid in my point of view
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thats because they are factory imaged. If they have never been ffr before, than they have the same coa from the forced image. Its not like a ghost type image, but is a forced/flashed image done at factory. That's why. After wards, there is just a proc script for the install.

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