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Xp On Diffrent Computer

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#1 uppitysquirrel


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Posted 23 November 2005 - 04:57 PM

I built my own computer about 4 years ago and installed windows xp pro on it. I just built my new computer and reformatted the hard-drive on the old one. Can I use the same copy of windows xp pro on my new computer since its no longer on my old computer. If I can what do i have to do because I know that I will have to activate it and since this copy has already been activated.... I wanted to know how to do that if its possible before I blow all the time on installing xp.

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 05:09 PM

If a reinstallation of the software is needed, must I purchase a new license?

In general, no. If the same version of the software is reinstalled on the same machine or is not concurrently installed on any other machine, no new license is required. Additional licenses are generally required for installations above and beyond those allowed by the product's EULA.

Is it possible to transfer a license to another computer?

Consumers should refer to the terms of their license agreement to determine whether or not it is legal to transfer a license to another computer. But in those cases where it is allowed, the product must first be removed from the previous computer. Users may be required to complete the activation on the new computer by placing a call to the Microsoft Activation Center.

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#3 franktiii


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Posted 23 November 2005 - 05:49 PM

If you bought a license generally you can transfer it off the old computer. OEM licenses are generally restricted to that computer, so if you had an old dell and wanted to transfer the os that is not allowed.

When you install on the new computer it will ask if you want to register, when you say yes, it goes out to Microsoft and tries to register. It will probably come back with a message that the software is already registered and give you a telephone number to call.

I have done this a couple of times and generally they say okay and give you a new number to use.

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