Windows® XP OEM
Are you using the OEM version of Windows® XP and how to install it?
OEM software is a term that refers to software that is sold to computer builders and hardware manufacturers (OEMs) in large quantities, for the purpose of bundling with computer hardware. Legitimately obtained OEM software generally does not come with user manuals or the original retail packaging, and technical support is usually offered by the hardware provider. Microsoft® uses product activation in Windows® XP to cut down on software piracy. OEM editions are typically cheaper than standard retail versions of Windows® XP.
The following points shed more light on the various aspects related to Windows® XP OEM:
- How to determine the version of Windows® XP in use
- How to activate Windows® XP OEM
- How to install Windows® XP OEM
How to determine the version of Windows® XP in use
To determine the version of Windows® XP that you are running, click ‘Start’, and then click ‘Run’. In the Open box, type ‘winver.exe’, and then click ‘OK’. The version number is displayed in the ‘About Windows’ box. To identify an OEM version, click ‘Start’, and then click ‘Control Panel’. Click ‘Performance and Maintenance’, and then click ‘System’. In the ‘General’ tab, locate the number that is displayed under ‘Registered to’. This number typically contains 20 digits. If digits 6, 7, and 8 contain the letters ‘OEM’, you have an OEM installation of Windows®.
How to activate Windows® XP OEM
In general, the OEM copies of Windows® XP pre-installed by a computer manufacturer use a volume license and do not need to be activated. However, an OEM version of Windows® XP does require activation if purchased separately. You need to go to ‘Accessories’ under ‘All Programs’ after clicking ‘Start’. Then click ‘Activate Windows’ under the ‘System Tools’ folder. This will start the process of hardware analysis by Windows® to create a unique identification number for your copy of Windows® XP. Using this identification number, you can activate your copy of operating system by Internet, modem or phone. You will also receive a message when your copy is successfully activated.
To install Windows® XP OEM in a system that already has an operating system present, the first thing to do is reboot the machine and enter BIOS. Change the boot order of the computer so that the first boot device is the CD-ROM. After that, insert the Windows® XP disk into the computer, exit BIOS and choose ‘Save Changes’. This process will start the set up process of Windows® XP. Accept the licensing agreement when prompted and format and partition the hard drive. After then, select the partition and hit ‘Enter’ to install Windows® XP on it. Select the NTFS file system and press ‘Enter’ to start the installation process. After rebooting, carefully enter your product key and other details. This will again ask for a final reboot for the installation to be successful.