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So I'm beginning to think that the reason why the Bootcamp partition is not showing up in the Windows Setup is because the copy of Windows XP my friend gave me is not legit.

So now I'm on Ebay looking for the cheapest price for a legit System's Builder's OEM Windows XP because I heard you can install that on my Macbook Pro. But the problem is, I'm really new to Ebay and I need help selecting a legit copy.

Can you guys help me with that?

I looked at these:

MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION OEM WITH COA NEW - eBay (item 350331277231 end time Mar-28-10 11:03:01 PDT)

MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION - NEW SEALED - eBay (item 110510689190 end time Mar-29-10 15:13:33 PDT)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...2182&CatId=672
But I don't know if it's the System Builders OEM edition and if it's legit.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me find a System Builder's OEM version of Windows XP.


Thanks in advance
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Easily found. Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 English 1-Pack - Operating Systems
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I was looking for something cheaper as in lower than $100
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Good luck This is Windows we're talking about here. It's overpriced. You could just give up on Boot Camp and reclaim all that space on your hard disk, then take the money you would have spent on Windows, and buy some Macintosh software!
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So I'm beginning to think that the reason why the Bootcamp partition is not showing up in the Windows Setup is because the copy of Windows XP my friend gave me is not legit.

So now I'm on Ebay looking for the cheapest price for a legit System's Builder's OEM Windows XP because I heard you can install that on my Macbook Pro. But the problem is, I'm really new to Ebay and I need help selecting a legit copy.

Can you guys help me with that?

I looked at these:

MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION OEM WITH COA NEW - eBay (item 350331277231 end time Mar-28-10 11:03:01 PDT)

MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION - NEW SEALED - eBay (item 110510689190 end time Mar-29-10 15:13:33 PDT)

Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 OEM Version at TigerDirect.com
But I don't know if it's the System Builders OEM edition and if it's legit.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me find a System Builder's OEM version of Windows XP.


Thanks in advance
Don't panic all you need is any version of XP home (or pro) with a COA. I bid one from ebay that was ex Dell. It works fine on my MBP is registered and everything. Of course it is legal because These were off loaded by Dell as they have moved on to more recent versions of Windows. This link might help you:
Windows XP Home Edition on eBay (end time 28-Mar-10 20:38:45 BST)
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To the OP:

Be careful buying from eBay. Only one of those versions looks to be a full OEM system builder's copy - and that's the first one you linked. The version advertised by Tiger may be an upgrade version which you can not use. It says OEM which normally means a full version but doesn't state so. Call Tiger and ask first.

Stay away from branded versions. Dell, Sony, HP, etc. They may or may not work. Why take a chance?

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Brunel's advice is not accurate or correct. Boot Camp will not work unless the copy is either a full retail install version (most expensive) or an OEM System Builder's version. These are available from newegg.com, as indicated, but beware of what you get off eBay -- even if advertised as the correct item they may not be. Even with Paypal you may not wind up with much recourse. I agree with chscag and the other posters - be careful with eBay and it's probably worth spending a bit more to get what you know will work. Good luck
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Brunel's advice is not accurate or correct. Boot Camp will not work unless the copy is either a full retail install version (most expensive) or an OEM System Builder's version. These are available from newegg.com, as indicated, but beware of what you get off eBay -- even if advertised as the correct item they may not be. Even with Paypal you may not wind up with much recourse. I agree with chscag and the other posters - be careful with eBay and it's probably worth spending a bit more to get what you know will work. Good luck
Dear SammySlim perhaps you didn't read my post properly. I have a full retail version with COA stickers, but the printed labels says that it came from Dell. The only difference between a system builders disc and, e.g. Dell, is that there is a file which includes Dell logo etc for startup and shutdown and those don't get used in a normal 'clean' windows installation. This 'Dell' disc is now working perfectly on my Mac. It worked fine in Bootcamp and now is equally fine in Parallels!
As for ebay well check the sellers ratings first. I have never had a problem in that market place - either buying or selling.

kevinoh just read the description and make your choice. I live in the UK but bought my disc from a German vendor and all was fine as I have said.
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Thanks for clarifying - got it re the Dell version!
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I'm thinking buying the one on Tigerdirect. But dang, why does a 10 year old OS have to be so expensive?
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Because it's MS. If you're paying full price, why not just get Windows Vista or 7? They are better in every way.

Also, what is it you need Windows for? Boot Camp eats a lot of hard disk space and there are apparently some issues that can stem from using it.
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I'm thinking buying the one on Tigerdirect. But dang, why does a 10 year old OS have to be so expensive?
Because XP is still very popular and the one operating system that will accept most any hardware and software without making a fuss. More copies of XP are in use world-wide than any other OS.

I'm using Win 7 Home Premium from a BC partition on this machine and have had difficulties finding drivers for older hardware; hardware that is supported and working fine with XP.

And since XP is no longer being distributed by MS, it's getting hard to find and that drives the price up. Same thing is happening to Leopard. Try to find a black retail copy of Leopard at a decent price!

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What happens when my computer crashes for some reason and all the memory get erased? Can I not install Windows again with the same OEM disk? What if I call Microsoft?
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What happens when my computer crashes for some reason and all the memory get erased? Can I not install Windows again with the same OEM disk? What if I call Microsoft?
The System Builder's disk is similar to the OEM disk that comes with new Windows computers. What I mean is that as long as you don't change your hardware drastically then Windows should still let you reinstall itself. It just won't allow you to install Windows on a different computer or if you change your hardware too much then it will think you have a different computer. That's just one of the pains of having Windows. In that case you would have to call Microsoft and plead your situation.
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Try this one. CompUSA.com | N09-02142 | MS Windows XP Home SP3 I read through the reviews and people claim it is a full version OS and you can install it on up to 10 machines that you own. I actually purchased one of these since they are increasingly difficult to find and under $100 is a good price!
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