|Sci Guy, I reckon that anyone who's been paid for doing the job must be considered to be a 'tech' - these guys advertise in local free sheets, usually with just a mobile number & no proper receipts provided. As I originally said, I come across these guys frequently - if they want to sue me for slander then bring it on, the sooner we're rid of these cowboys the better, though, having said that, at least they produce work for legitimate techs when, like these jobs, they screw up.|
I also don't often do reinstalls but in cases like this where there's a legitimate COA and an illegal OS then it's often the best solution.
Guapo, as you'll have probably realised by now, we're talking about bog standard OEM disks - the ones that are supplied to independant OEM builders - these have no ties to major manufacturers but still have the same full functionality & work with 95% plus of all branded machines. You just need one for each basic version of XP together with each SP release (Media Center version is slightly more problematic (preparing to duck again!!)) and access to a good source of drivers (though manufacturers have become a lot nicer to us over recent years by allowing access to these in many cases), Having individual recovery disks for each company is pointless as many of them are just images with drivers particular to that model.
Lurkswithin, that's exactly my point. Anyone who's a legitimate tech will have a selection of different reinstall options, not just a bulk licence XP Pro disk that they shove on everything.
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