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XP on a Hardware Upgrade

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#1 kevb8ll


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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:06 PM

I'm going to replace my mother board soon. I've heard I won't be able to use my copy of XP home again as it is OEM as it will see it as being loaded on a new computer.

Anyone got any ideas of the best way forward on this - except don't upgrade!!

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#2 Futs


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Posted 22 February 2005 - 05:10 AM

The OEM versions of windows usually allows for one hardware type only.
That is how the Installation ID is generated, however if you activated and it is after 120 days, you can run the repair installation and just re-activate windows.
There is a grace activation of 2 times, you probably used up the first one so only one remaining.
If however you are unable to activate windows again (Invalid product code)
you might want to give M$ a call even though it is OEM they should be the only ones that can help you in this situation

Edited by Futs, 22 February 2005 - 05:11 AM.

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