Last edited by SIW2; 06 Jun 2013 at 07:21.
Like i said before, the Dell DVD that comes with Dell machine is a non distributable DVD which would pass as a restore media used to get your Dell machine back to factory settings. This DVD version is different to a retail version.
If the Dell DVD is what i just stated how is it legal to use on a non Dell machine? This is not to say it won't work.
I think the point is - you can use any install media - as long as you also use your own purchased key. The key might be in the bios (oem preinstall ), or it may be one you enter yourself.
The media shouldn't matter. ( Tho it is possible the oem may have put something in there which could cause a problem on a non Dell machine - unattend settings or similar - however according to Pp , that doesn't seem to be the case).
can you please tell me what can be audited in the machine to indicate the wrong media was used? When Microsoft comes to audit me, how are they going to prove my illegal actions and misuse of my install media.
I think the concern here is a hold out from the old days where the Dell media would activate without providing a key or using a key from the bios. You were told that you could only use this Dell media on a Dell, and unless the disc was actually used on a Dell, it would not work. (Unless you hacked your box).
These days there is a big change and it renders this old concern as a non concern.
If you reinstall using this media directly or indirectly (copy to USB) onto a non Dell machine wouldn't it be a violation of copyright laws?
I'm not saying you aren't a lawfull biding citizen and if you are you would not condone such actions and express it especially on a public forum like this.
As for audit, i think you can get away with it provided you have your HP DVDs or simply a legit license.
If its not a reinstallation DVD, it must be a retail version??? Does it say on it not to make illegal copies be it on another DVD or other media??