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theordinaryboy
11-10-2005, 09:25 AM
hi there

i have my eye on a new comp from ebay, however, it does not come with an OS, i have also seen windows xp on ebay for a decent price and ill probably get it from there.

However, i am not the most computer minded person and am a bit nervous as to whether or not it will be difficult or complicated to install the OS.

Could someone reassure me that its easy or explain what i have to do please.

Cheers

p.s. is their anything else that i need to install apart from the OS.

ditto
11-10-2005, 09:31 AM
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hi there

i have my eye on a new comp from ebay, however, it does not come with an OS, i have also seen windows xp on ebay for a decent price and ill probably get it from there.

However, i am not the most computer minded person and am a bit nervous as to whether or not it will be difficult or complicated to install the OS.

Could someone reassure me that its easy or explain what i have to do please.

Cheers

p.s. is their anything else that i need to install apart from the OS.

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Put the cd in when you switch the pc on, then follow the onscreen instruction, make sure you have the serial number when it asks you. Assuming its a run of the mill pc it should detect all your components. Otherwise you may need some drivers for any bits that are not included in the original cd. The manufacturers website should let you download these. But it is relatively simple

FouTight
11-10-2005, 09:35 AM
I wouldn't personally be jumping on purchasing a copy of windows on Ebay. Especiallywith the activation and stuff now, who knows where that copy has been and if you'll be able to use it.

I would just purchase that at a store if you are going that route.

theordinaryboy
11-10-2005, 09:50 AM
cheers guys

any idea of any good online stores to get windows from?

MikeTexas
11-10-2005, 10:15 AM
Newegg.com has decent prices.

Dont shy away from ebay though. If you found a good deal and the seller has a lot of positive feedback then it will probably be a safe purchase....especially if you get your copy of Windows from a "Power Seller".

I've found lots of computer hardware deals on ebay. You can usually find good deals on Dell 2001FPs and other components that are much more exspensive elsewhere. Just make sure the seller has lots of positive feedback and review their return/warranty information.

And dont worry...installing an OS is cake. The first time I did it I didnt have any problems. I was surprised at how easy it was.

FouTight
11-10-2005, 10:15 AM
are you in school? you can probably get an acedemic version from your school or online if you were.

I usually only buy computer anything from newegg.

CLC
11-10-2005, 10:16 AM
NewEgg.com is a good one. Reasonable and fast.

FouTight
11-10-2005, 10:36 AM
Now that's when you know your store is doign alright... 3 replies at the same time...

I agree you could probably get a good copy of windows on ebay, but I don't think you are going to save enough money to be worth the peace of mind, but thats just me, I don't buy software unless I'm completely sure the store is reputable.

theordinaryboy
11-10-2005, 01:23 PM
hi there

cheers for all the responses guys, seems like i should have a problem installing it then, just thought i'd query it before buying the gear.

one more question, i live in the uk, newegg.com is an american site, i briefly checked their faq but couldnt find whether or not they deliver to the uk.

Anyone know any good uk sites?

cheers

smoore
11-11-2005, 01:15 PM
I use zipzoomfly.com dunno if they deliver outside of the US

Guthrie
11-13-2005, 01:53 PM
Don't know what OS you want, but installing XP is nothing. If the PC works, just put the XP CD in the drive and hit a key occasionally. It installs itself. If you are connected to the net when you first install, it will register itself, download the latest upgrades and install them.

If you're buying XP off eBay, be sure you get the CD key and be sure it has never been registered. If the package has been opened when you get it you're probably screwed if you want a legal copy that can be registered and upgraded.

It's always cheaper to buy XP with a PC than to buy a PC and then buy XP. I like to buy bare-bones PCs with XP and then add whatever I want. Don't know about the UK, but here if you can wait for the rebates, it's often cheaper to buy a package deal, sell off the crap monitor, printer and other junk that comes with it, then add what you really want.

astroglide
11-13-2005, 05:44 PM
it's usually not complicated to install windows, but i would be really wary of buying a copy of xp off of ebay. if you get it from someplace like newegg it may cost more, but it's guaranteeably the real/legal thing.

_dave_
11-13-2005, 09:17 PM
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Anyone know any good uk sites?

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I would never consider buying a Windows XP from ebay - if it has been used, it is useless.

For Windows XP Home, the OEM edition is what you want - these are much cheaper than retail versions, but are limited in their telephone support, and are for system builders, or people sorting out their own hardware.

Two large major UK online shops are:

www.aria.co.uk (http://www.aria.co.uk/ProductInfoComm.asp?ID=2048) - 56.69

and

www.dabs.co.uk (http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=3TSQ&CategorySelectedId =11004&v=1) - 63.55

I sell these in the local computer shop where I work, but I won't pimp that here. We are more expensive, also.

Somtimes, there is a restriction that OEM software can only be sold with a hardware item, I don't think that is the case for the above two sites, but maybe. If so, buy a cheap mouse or something.

Installing windows is easy - as other posters have said, insert disc, press next a few times, enter serial number, next, done /images/graemlins/smile.gif

You will need other discs - drivers for mainboard, graphics card, modem & other components. You will very likely get these with the computer you buy, but if you don't, they can be downloaded from manufacurer websites for free - just make sure you or one of your friends can get on the net and you will be fine.

good luck,

dave.