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Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

Q: Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

The short version of my non-Dell Vista Solved: of Dell-provided computer? install version I on Can a a OEM question is exactly what Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer? the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer But here s the wordier version giving context if anyone s interested About months ago I guess I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic However I had no interest in Vista because I already had a Windows machine and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it I still have the Vista reinstall disk though which Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer? to my memory hasn t been used Now I m planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit For the time being I m going to use the Windows RC but I d like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they re having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade So to do that I d need an XP installation or a Vista installation Is there any reason legal or software-related that I wouldn t be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try it ll say something like quot This is not a Dell computer you evil evil person quot and refuse to install so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade I don t want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade of course nbsp

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A:Using dell provided software on a new hp desktop

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A:Latest Version of Dell Audio is missing "Show Meters" button. (Windows 10, Dell XPS 8700)

I feel that I should be more observant. In Control Panel > Sound > Playback > Select the Realtek device > Properties > Levels there are the exact changes I need. I don't know why I didn't notice until now. Could explain why there was no "Show Meters" button in this release but I thought Windows 7 also had the same leveling and there was the leveling in Dell Audio as well.
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Oops I see my first post got sent, even if the website failed...
Anyay.. I talked to Dell Support and they told me to update the firmware for:
Intel (R) Thunderbolt 3 Firmware Update
(version 02.05.04,A00)
downloaded forn
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I would run a memory tester

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and welcome to the Forum

See this for more in installing on a SATA drive:

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Did you install the Chipset driver first?

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A:Solved: dell printer, no install disc

My guess is you are using a driver that works to some this is what I got
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A:[SOLVED] Cannot install XP on DELL Optiplex GX260

Hi Brian and welcome to TSF !

What's the service tag of the computer ? It'll be written on some sticker on the case.

Replace the IDE cable, make sure you use an 80-wires one and hook it on the primary IDE controller if there are 2 IDE controllers on the motherboard. Hook the Hard drive as master (check the jumper configuration, refer to the sticker that's on the drive) on the end of the IDE cable and the CD-rom as slave on the middle connector of the same cable. Unhook all other drives, pci cards and devices that are not needed to boot, you can still install them later. Use the onboard video and leave only one memory stick in the DIMM1 slot.

What's the brand and model of the power supply ? Have you tried a new power supply ? Dell computers usually come with the bare minimum PSU, if you added some hardware without upgrading the PSU it could have damaged the supply or some other parts. Make sure your computer doesn't use a proprietary PSU before trying another one. More on that once we have your service tag. In the mean time enter the BIOS at startup and report the temps, fans speeds and voltages from the hardware monitor.

Dell usually ships OS and drivers CD's, have you tried to contact them ?
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A:Can't network a Dell 922 between and XP server computer and a laptop with Vista Home

This is a procedure that I've had success with installing Vista printers when the normal install didn't work.
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A:[SOLVED] Dell with Vista pre-installed

Hi. . .

Your friend does need to make sure all devices have XP drivers before proceeding. Consult the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

Also contact Dell for instructions on downgrade to XP and Windows license issues.

Regards. . .


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A:[SOLVED] Dell PC with Non-Genuine Vista

the vista must be genuine before you can upgrade to win7 your better of doing a clean install.
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I forced a shutdown. It wasnt doing anything.
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Has anyone had these problems? And were you able to fix it? and How?
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PS. i'm sorry if this message wasn't ledgible, im very frustrated.

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A:[SOLVED] Dell Inspiron 2320 All in One Windows 7 Install

You should not need anything to Install Windows on the new HDD. are you using a OEM Windows 7 install DVD? Is the Hard drive being detected in BIOS?

Refer to the manual of the machine to enter BIOS look to see if the new HDD is detected in BIOS. If not look to see if there is an option to automatically detect the hard drive. Also check to see if it's on IDE mode if not try switching it to IDE mode.

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A:Solved: Vista taskbar Dell Inspiron

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this "NoSaveSettings" registry value controls many settings in the explorer shell, so it is most likely your issue.

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A:[SOLVED] New Dell PC, New Vista home edition

probably nothing,just turn it on and use it
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A:Solved: Dell Studio 1536 Vista 64 to XP 32

Drivers on a Dell have to be installed in the correct order, reinstall XP clean and start over, this time follow the correct order.
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A:[SOLVED] Dell XPS 420 Vista 64bit - BSOD

I meant to make the title BSODs with a Dell XPS 420 Vista 64bit. Sorry for the abstract title.
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A:Dell reinstallation version of Win 7 64 bit ?

OEM discs usually check BIOS before allowing the install. Maybe the disc has been modified (counterfeited) or maybe there are Dell disc versions that don't check anything. Those would sell well.

It seems like it would be easier to counterfeit the art work on a Dell disc than a Microsoft disc.

Maybe a rep from Dell will post to your thread.