I am hoping I can get help without feeling like a complete loser.
After reading online, I already am aware that my actions probably were not the best...so with that said....I'm not very savvy when it comes to this so please bear with me. Thanks
I have a Dell XPS. It originally came with XP. I since upgraded to Vista then back to XP. Well, a while back I installed Windows 7 64-bit using the Dell reinstallation DVD. One day I came home to find that my wallpaper was removed and a notice saying that my copy wasn't valid. So, after researching, I found I have a 32 bit system. So, to my problem...
I went on eBay (yes I know, I know), purchase a reinstallation CD for 32 bit. Everything worked out perfectly. Again, I came home to find that my CD isn't valid per MS. I read on MS forum that the Windows License Type: OEM SLP was not meant for individual users and so that is why it wasn't working? Something like that. Well, that's what mine says.
When I reform my PC with XP, the drivers
and installation takes me a good day if not more. So, I really don't want to go back. I also liked the Dell reinstallation DVD because all the drivers installed. It took an hour or so to reformat. Love it!!!
I don't know what to do. I thought this CD was going to work since I have several Dell computers and my XP and Vista CDs are not labeled for each PC and am sure I've mixed them up but haven't had any issues. Windows 7 seems to be different. There's a link that will allow me to purchase a code from MS. Is this my only resort? I saw on ebay someone selling a hard drive that was bad along with the CD. Is that what I need? If I buy the code from MS, will I be able to use this CD along with the code they give me?
I am really hope that you can help me.