Posted 27 October 2007 - 10:08 AM
If you have an OEM version of XP then that copy of windows lives and die with that computer. If you have a Full retail version you can move it from one computer to another. You will end up on the telephone with Microsoft, but they will allow you to move it from one computer to another.
Branded XP CDs are also tied to their respective computers. If it is a Dell branded XP CD it has to be used on that computer.
I agree with you about not moving to Vista quite yet. The first service pack is not due out till the second quarter of '08. You can still pickup a copy of XP Home OEM on Ebay for around $80.
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