Originally Posted by galileo2000
It is OEM license they have, and one is supposed to use their tools, the y give you backup or something, you can call them and ask for the OS DVD and they even may ship it to you.
As of using their license key w/ "generic" version of Windows, I don't think it will work
. There are various ways around this, but I won't go into it.
Works all the time. I buy desktops/laptops on slickdeals for my co-workers all the time and then re-install the OS to get rid of bloat. An OEM license will work with a Retail copy of Win7, I just have to phone into M$'s automated bot to get validated. Although I've been tempted to just use Daz, I get so grumpy having to squint at the dam key, which is in the most inconvenient spot and type it in. Grump Grump.
As for me posting the Dell, like I said in my post, if it works for ya OP great. I didn't know your level of knowledge, or cheapness
As for me I'm a huge cheap ass.
Back in 2011 I replaced my slow as balls Acer Revo Office HTPC with a Dell 620 i3 that I got for under $300
Of course the form factor sucked, so what would any anal nerd do? That's right, throw the guts into a sexy silverstone ML03B
Oh and galileo2000, don't get me started about IRQs and all that crap from back in the day. Although today is a tradeoff with the internet, now we can research and argue till the cows come home about the most absurd computer crap... le sigh. lol
Back to the OP and the Celeron, I'm getting a G530 in the mail next week to replace my main HTPC (E5200). Can't wait, it's gonna have 6 Sata hookups (WOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!) and I splurged and got myself a SSD. Gonna be a nice upgrade. Sucks about the dropped frames, I know the Intel HD can handle most everything for your average joe. But of course we aren't average joe's, we're anal HTPC nerds.... so I'll see how the G530 works for me (currently have a ATI 5450 for video duty in my E5200). Although knowing me I'll probably plurge and get a fanless ATI 6570, I heard they're pretty bomb in Picture Quality, Video Processing, and all sorts of other crap I probably couldn't even notice unless it's typed out for me in a long ass AnandTech review