OEM install of XP Home Edition (Dell)

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OEM install of XP Home Edition (Dell)

Post by ontheteam » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:07 am

I volunteer at a Senior Center in my town doing misc IT stuff. Another volunteer brought in a 7 yr old Dell with a broken hard drive and her XP Home Edition Service Pack 0 reinstall disc.

I want to make a new install disc (slipstream SP3 and hotfix) without some of the extra oem software installed.

What files in the OEM folder are necessary to keep so that the install is autoactivated? This will be installed on her original Dell PC, just with a new hard drive.
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Post by XIII » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:21 am

I believe none.

You definitely need the OEMBIOS.* files from i386 and two DLL's.

Have a look at the nLite forum at msfn.org to find the details.
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Post by ontheteam » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:36 am

Thanks.
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Post by ontheteam » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:59 am

Reading some of the MSFN posts there appears to be a significant number of failures with making a slipstreamed and hotfixed OEM CD.

Has anyone here successfully done this?
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Post by SHO_GuN » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:16 am

Yes, I have.

I went about it no differently than I do for my Retail XP Pro machine.

That is I removed components and added drivers and addons and all worked fine.

Edit: This too was a result of a failed hard drive ... after re-installation, XP Home registered without problem. (Dell XP Home OEM).

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Post by ontheteam » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:19 am

Thanks. It's good to know before I set out that I have a good possibility for success.
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Post by ontheteam » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:21 am

SHO_GuN wrote:Yes, I have.

I went about it no differently than I do for my Retail XP Pro machine.

That is I removed components and added drivers and addons and all worked fine.

Edit: This too was a result of a failed hard drive ... after re-installation, XP Home registered without problem. (Dell XP Home OEM).
I forgot to ask...

Did you have to leave the OEM folder intact?
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Post by yumeyao » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:29 am

$OEM folder contains extra files and settings. it won't behavior in any area related to activication.

if you take a simple look at it you'll find it not tough. and then you can decide whether you need keep those contents, accordingly.
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Post by SHO_GuN » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:45 am

ontheteam wrote:I forgot to ask...

Did you have to leave the OEM folder intact?
I just copied the OEM CD that came with the computer and turned nLite loose on it .... the end result was that there was NO signs of Dell branding on the final install.

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Post by XIII » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:51 pm

ontheteam wrote:Has anyone here successfully done this?
Several times.
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