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Can I Install Activated XP on another computer?


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#1 Beckynva

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 10:58 PM

Here is my situation. Last summer I bought a retail copy of XP home and installed it on my computer.I then activated it with MS.
Not long after that, the computer got a nasty virus and wouldnt boot.I let the computer sit unused for months since i gave up my internet for financial reasons. Recently I took it and had it fixed. The shop wiped the hard drive and installed an OEM copy of XP Professional on the computer.
My question is, can I install my copy of XP home on another computer? It is not currently being used on any computer right now. Or would the fact that it has been activated prevent that? Im not intested in doing anything illegal. thanks so much!
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Edited by Beckynva, 09 May 2009 - 11:00 PM.


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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:08 AM

If I understand you correctly, your computer tech installed XP Pro after re-formatting your hard drive. I would safely say that you can legally install your retail version of XP Home onto any other computer (except the one with XP Pro) without any issues.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:28 AM

Legally, if your license key is currently not registered on any machine, you are free to install it on your machine.

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#4 Beckynva

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:45 AM

If I understand you correctly, your computer tech installed XP Pro after re-formatting your hard drive. I would safely say that you can legally install your retail version of XP Home onto any other computer (except the one with XP Pro) without any issues.


correct.So the fact that it was activated on this puter wont prevent me from doing it on another one as long as I dont try to use it on this one as well?
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 10:47 AM

Legally, if your license key is currently not registered on any machine, you are free to install it on your machine.


Im not sure how this all works. I installed it and activated it last year on this machine. How can I tell if it is registered to this machine? Thanks a lot!

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:22 AM

Install it on another unit.

When you get the activation notice select Activate Online.

If it fails to activate choose activate by phone.
You will get a [toll free] number to call.
Tell them you removed XP from a computer & installed it on a new one.
You will be asked if that version of XP is installed on more then 1 computer.
Say no.
You will be given a 50 charactor [YES 50 !] alphanumerical code to enter to activate XP.
Don't let the tech hang up until you are sure you have the code right & it is activated !

Edited by fairjoeblue, 10 May 2009 - 11:24 AM.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:45 AM

Install it on another unit.

When you get the activation notice select Activate Online.

If it fails to activate choose activate by phone.
You will get a [toll free] number to call.
Tell them you removed XP from a computer & installed it on a new one.
You will be asked if that version of XP is installed on more then 1 computer.
Say no.
You will be given a 50 charactor [YES 50 !] alphanumerical code to enter to activate XP.
Don't let the tech hang up until you are sure you have the code right & it is activated !


Thanks so much. this is very helpful!!
Becky




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