| | Re: Pop-up: Windows installer
Thank you, VanguardLH, for your comments aand evaluation of my case. It is
indeed better and safer to clean the HD, put another OS on it and then
download a set of drivers for this Dell computer, if still needed.
"VanguardLH" <V@nguard.LH> wrote in message
> Petrus Tax wrote:
>> hesitated to put another OS on the computer because some of the drivers
>> would be gone and not always easy to replace.
> If it is a pre-built (branded) host, have you looked at their web site to
> see if they offer the drivers? They may have a complete package of them
> the model that you have.
>> (The local previous owner still had the XP original label on the
>> which was the one in use, but he didn't pass on the CD to me.)
> Which means the donor kept the OS and only donated the hardware to you.
> you don't have a legal copy of the OS to pass onto the donee. Just wipe
> disks and give away the hardware. Are you really going to put the donee
> the position of using a pirated copy of the OS without their knowledge?
> You didn't mention brand and model. Some pre-builts don't include an
> install CD but instead rely on a hidden partition on the hard disk from
> which to restore a factory-time image. The manual should tell you how to
> restore the host to its factory-time state along with how to create
> CDs (since hard disks do die so you need the CDs to restore the OS). The
> manual will be available online.
> If the prior owner jobbed their own host (i.e., they built it) then they
> will have the install CD and must surrender them if they include that OS
> with the hardware. If it is an OEM version (sometimes "OEM" will be in
> product ID on the sticker) then the prior owner must surrender the install
> media since the OEM license permanently sticks to the first computer on
> which it is installed.
> You might be doing good deeds with the donated computers but you had
> make sure that you aren't proliferating piracted copies of not just
> but any applications left installed on the polluted hard disk. For safety
> of both the donor and donee, the hard disks should get wiped. This is to
> prevent the donor from accidentally transferring sensitive information
> accounts, login credentials, credit card numbers) onto the next owner and
> prevent the donee from receiving possibly incriminating content (****,
> kiddie crap, pirated software, stolen movies/songs, etc).
> If you are assisting in the transfer of donated computers, you SHOULD be
> wiping their hard disks and installing a fresh copy of the OS (and if it
> payware, like Windows, then you need to ensure a proper transfer of the
> license and all installation media). If you are transferring the goods
> is" then you shouldn't be doing any of the work you mentioned to clean up
> the computer. You might get some good legal tips from your local pawn
> in how to cover your legal butt when transferring used goods.