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Worried about PC license issue and transferring old software to new PC


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 08:28 PM

I have all the parts now and I will build the PC this weekend. But I have a few concerns about software licenses. First, I have to re-install the Windows XP Pro CD on the new PC. I called Microsoft and I was told that I would need to de-activate the old PC OS to enable installing XP on the new computer. What does de-activating involve?

And what about my other aftermarket software and applications? I hope I don't run into any problems with single PC licenses. My other software installation CD's are Microsoft combat flight simulators, Microprose Falcon 4.0 (all 1998-2000 era), HP all-in-one printer CD, Drive Scrubber, office XP, Logiteck keyboard/mouse, Saitek joystick. My ant-virus software is already licensed for 3 PC's

Will I need to call some of these software customer service numbers for new product keys?

What about using something like Norton Ghost to duplicate everything on old hard drive? Or is that unnecessary and a waste of money?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 12:37 AM

With Windows, you should not have to deactivate anything. When they ask why do you need to do this, I usually say "I've upgraded some hardware" which, if you do it enough, causes the anti-piracy technology to kick in and invalidate the current license. The only thing you need to worry about with other software and activation is software that activates via the internet. Of all my PC games, perhaps six uses internet authentication and those are newer games. Your antivirus sofware, if the license was for three PC's, may need to be repurchased since you've used the licenses already, or, you could use the free and very capable Microsoft Security Essentials, which is what I use. I say install everything and don't worry about licenses until the problems, if there are any, come up. Chances are you have very few titles that would need re-authentication.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 08:33 AM

Thanks DuBase.

The anti-virus software won't need reauthorization because I have not installed it yet. I didn't know about Microsoft Security Essentials. I'll check into it.




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