Originally Posted by Andevian
I'd like to know how you did this. I had a hard drive in an HP die and after I replaced it and tried to use the HP CDs, they wouldn't run because it was a different hard drive. I figured I could use the Dell installation CD since I have a legitimate OEM key for the HP. But booting to the Dell OEM CD immediately displays a message that it won't run on a non-Dell PC. I never got anywhere near anything I could have used an alternate key on.
XP Home and XP Pro use an identical kernel. XP could be technically said to be a "tweaked" 2000 kernel, but then any software that's been upgraded from a previous version without starting with an entirely new codebase could be called a "tweak" of the earlier version.
What's different between Home and Pro is some of the non-core OS features. XP Home can't join a Windows domain, but other than that I have zero problems with networking it. I use XP Home on my notebook as my work PC and have never had any problems hooking into a client network to do what I needed to. I don't have any problems at LAN parties either. XP Home also doesn't have group policy, which usually isn't a big deal. The only user account types available on XP Home are Administrator and Limited, but that's rarely a problem either. The security settings available on XP Home are very simplistic, but again it shouldn't make a difference to a home user.
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I just installed it normally, but towards the end of the installation, it said i had to call a number (some 1800 number) and the guy told me to read my XP CD key, which was located on the sticker on the bottom of my dell. I read that to him, then he gave me an activation key (i guess that's what you call them?), and i typed that in, and installation was done. XP loaded and worked fine on the Compaq, the only bad thing was that it still had the Dell things loaded (like for the Help and Support Center it still said Dell Solutions even though it was installed ona compaq)
Also, the CD that i used was from a Dimension 8200. It was Windows XP but the time i got the 8200 there was no SP1 or SP2, so if your cd is a sp1 or 2 xp cd, then that might be the reason why.