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Purchasing an XP OEM License?


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 12:37 PM

What're the rules on this?

I have a system built custom that I'd like to put XP on. Can I change everything but the motherboard if I ever want to upgrade? Or am I stuck with that hardware profile forever if I buy an OEM license?

...Yea... I've been reading this thread and it has me thinking.

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 12:53 PM

The rules...if you want to know them...are all posted at the Microsoft website.

Just search for "EULA for OEM license".

But...I don't think you want to know "the rules".

There are any number of posts re licensing, etc. available in the archives of this and (probably) every other computer help forum.

I guess that I don't see what is there to misunderstand or not understand, especially considering the ability of Platypus to lay it out for anyone to read.

If you want to know something other than "the rules"...just ask your question and we all will be glad to chime in with our personal opinions. Many of us have OEM licenses for XP.

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Edit: Somewhat related recent post, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/177121/can-i-use-the-windowsxp-disc-i-currently-have/

Edited by hamluis, 31 October 2008 - 01:23 PM.


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Posted 31 October 2008 - 01:13 PM

I don't know about it, I have 5 OEM licenses myself. I'm not sure what the rules are for upgrading however I do know this from upgrading, if you upgrade 2 or more components in your computer ( Like, Hard Drive and Processor ) It WILL ask you to re-verify windows so I think its ok you upgrade it.

Some one correct me if I am wrong.

BUT: If it is not allowed you can format the hard drive on that computer, therefor releasing the license and its free to install on which ever computer you want.
If I am helping you and I do not respond within 24 hours, please send me a PM. :)

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 01:39 PM

Here is a Microsoft thread about that: :huh:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125

XP, at start-up, runs a component check. You must have 7 of 10 checks in order to continue. I couldn't find the link but the components are the motherboard, NIC card, CD-rom, CPU, and some others. Sorry but I couldn't find that thread but I do remember that the NIC alone is good for 3 'checks'.

So, change a component and then boot up and run it some. Next day, change something else, etc. :thumbsup:

I hope this helps... :huh:

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 02:27 PM

It does. That is exactly what I wanted to know: "How many components can I change if I buy and OEM and need to upgrade later?"

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 02:51 PM

Here's the link, straight from Microsoft. :huh: :thumbsup:

http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/sam...p/6795.aspx#102 :huh: B) :) B) :)


Give that a good reading and it should tell you most of what you are asking.


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