Solved used laptop dell d630

Gateway / E-6100
September 19, 2013 at 14:58:19
Specs: Windows 7, core2duo
I purchased a used laptop from e bay. I need some advice on something I was told. The laptop is a Dell Lattitude D630. The model shipped with Windows XP Pro. The seller sold it with Windows 7. I sent a message to the seller asking some things. I asked about the orignal OS and if it had a C.O.A. I am going to post the seller's response below.

"Most salvage companies scrap the COA's. Strict interpretation of the licensing mumbo-jumbo says the OS in bound to the hard drive and most corporate hard drives are shredded/destroyed. So strictly speaking any COA (whether there or not) is invalid once the hard drive is switched out. Sorry, I know this is not what most people want to hear or believe."

Is what they telling me true? I knew about SLP on OEM machines and it is tied to like he motherboard and bios. I never heard about installing it on a different hard drive and using on same machine, and not activate or install? That is what I asked about I told them I was going to use another hard drive and install XP on it and keep the one with Windows 7 until I am ready to use Windows 7. I hope someone can give me some good advice. If this is posted in the wrong place I am sorry.

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#1
September 19, 2013 at 15:50:00
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Technically you don't even need the COA on the bottom of the computer if you reinstall Windows XP using a Dell Restore CD, it will read the SLP info from the BIOS, like you mentioned, and activate itself. But if you use a generic XP CD, you will need to enter that key, and it should work properly, however I haven't tried it before. Why do you want to install Windows XP again anyways? Its security is far inferior to Vista and 7, plus it will stop receiving updates in April of next year.

You've been helped by a 15 year old.


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#2
September 19, 2013 at 16:09:57
The bottom line is you can install the version of Windows you have a 25 digit key code sticker for. On laptops usually on the bottom or under the battery. If it has Windows 7 on it but only has an XP pro sticker then if you had to re install you only have the license to install XP PRO. If it has no sticker, then you need the recovery disks which will load whatever it came with, or else buy a legit version of Windows 7.

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#3
September 19, 2013 at 16:12:17
Some less expensive models can give you hard time activating if you change the hard drive and the OEM sticker does not warranty beyond the product warranty, but you would have to try activating that to know and then call them.

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#4
September 19, 2013 at 18:00:16
OK this guy just sent a message. Said the C.O.A for XP Pro was not on the laptop should be on memory cover. He said he used to be a Dell Tech and the disk he sends is a copy of his Dell Tech work disk. And it would activate on dell systems. What I am probably going to do is call the postal service and see if they can return to sender.

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#5
September 19, 2013 at 18:03:02
RTM2 I would use 7 but on this model 7 install's basic drivers. looks like i made a foolish mistake.
(update)
I have talked with ebay. They said to wait and see what I get and then if there is a problem I can open a case.

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#6
September 19, 2013 at 19:54:35
I have used Windows 7 on the D630 before and it actually performed quite well. Check in Device Manager and make sure that all of the drivers are installed, that model does support Windows Aero and such.

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#7
September 21, 2013 at 11:42:43
I got it today. Eveything seems on. We worked out the issues the seller and I.

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