Loading validating bios binary file

07-Jun-2019 09:18

The PE2650 we use as a development server was running BIOS version A20 and the latest BIOS version from Dell is A21.

You can obtain your BIOS version on Cent OS Linux using the dmidecode application as shown below.

Most OEMs distributed their own (customized) XP installers that used the SLIC data properly, but had their own extra crap rolled in on top.

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Enjoy reclaiming control over the legitimate hardware and software you purchased. Although I guess a large part of that that is because for along time I was just building my own hardware - which I will revert to doing once again.

I believe Windows 8 does not use the same SLIC method.

It appears that the bios stores the OEM Windows key, and the installer reads it from there if one attempts to install a different version it will fail.

With Vista and 7, I never ran into this as a problem.

Either the edition I chose to install matched what was stored in SLIC or it didn't and I was prompted for a key.

Enjoy reclaiming control over the legitimate hardware and software you purchased. Although I guess a large part of that that is because for along time I was just building my own hardware - which I will revert to doing once again.

I believe Windows 8 does not use the same SLIC method.

It appears that the bios stores the OEM Windows key, and the installer reads it from there if one attempts to install a different version it will fail.

With Vista and 7, I never ran into this as a problem.

Either the edition I chose to install matched what was stored in SLIC or it didn't and I was prompted for a key.

For those who aren't already aware (because this has apparently been happening for along time already), you may encounter the following situation. Prepare a superior version of Windows key that you have (never been used license).4.