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Installing Windows XP using one manufacturer's CD on a different manufacturer's PC might sometimes work but it's not guaranteed at all.
Can I install Windows XP using one manufacturer's CD on a different pc?
For example, can you install onto a Gateway PC using a Dell Windows XP distribution?
The best answer I can give is: probably not.
There are situations it will work; typically using CDs from the smaller OEMs who've not customized their Windows XP distribution disks. However the larger manufacturers like Dell and Gateway often include drivers and utilities specific to their hardware.
It might work, but I wouldn't count on it.
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