Originally Posted by laffingbilly
hmmm, that's odd then that my software don't work on non-dell, so did they modifiy the OS or something on the disc? if they put something on the disc like boot file, then it's not modifying the OS is it? don't know, doesn't work on my non-dell...also, let's talk about that key...
has anyone tried the same key that came with the software on a completely different system? i'm sure it will install, but will you be able to activate it..
I thought I read your message (but now I can't find it) and you said that the software was PowerDVD or WinDVD? I can't speak for that one, only Microsoft software.
Dell, as an OEM, can only modify the software to include device drivers specific to their computers (but they cannot remove standard OS drivers or replace them, they must ADD their own), and modify some of the files to automate the setup - which can include embedding the CD key. However, Microsoft frowns upon that, and starting last month, directly prohibits it. OEM providers cannot modify the OS to prevent or restrict certain things (like checking the computer BIOS.) If ANYONE has an OEM CD that does that, I will pay good money for it. I'm serious. I'd need the actual, real CD, and I will get it to the appropriate people at Microsoft.
As for moving an OEM OS key from one computer to another, the "official" answer is no. However, you can call Microsoft and have them authorize it. It's a long process though, but totally legal (ignore what the EULA says about that.)