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Topic # 14376 30-Jun-2007 21:28
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Meh, this question is probably been asked before but i couldn't find any relevent results searching. A friend of the mine is building me a computer and to curb costs i was wondering whether i could take the windows xp home edition cd, from old pc, and install it on my new one using same key, my old computer will be rendered useless anyway as we are using parts from it. Then when xp says to activate it over the net, will it let me? I am guessing i will probably have to ring up microsoft to sought it out. Or would it be better just to buy the OS again. 

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  Reply # 76413 30-Jun-2007 21:33
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If you are building a new PC, then getting an OEM copy of Vista would be relatively cheap.

As far as the XP T&C's go I am not sure if you are technically allowed to install your copy of XP on to a whole new machine.

It might be that you are? But depending on how many times you have activated your copy you made need to call MS to get it activated.

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Reply # 76419 30-Jun-2007 22:16
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If you are installing on a new machine, and the old machine is going to be "destroyed" then you should be able to use it - unless it's an OEM version, in which case it's licensed to that specific machine and can not be used with another hardware.





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  Reply # 77144 6-Jul-2007 13:59
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When I changed PC's I simply formatted the old computer with nothing ( leaving no OS )
and installed upon my new built machine.

I dont think that harms the legal side of things.
One PC one OS

My old PC was sold on and installed with Windows 2000 I think.

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  Reply # 77951 13-Jul-2007 01:25
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I just Ran microsoft and told them that my other computer has been formated , which it had, and they gave me a new code., just dont use both systems with the same key or activation online and you will be fine, the minute you do, they may block both your systems from use...


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  Reply # 78068 14-Jul-2007 13:31
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I think MS would rather have you using a legit version of windows (even if it breaks the oem "t&c).
I got xp pro cheaply from trade me by buying a second hand OEM version.

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  Reply # 78084 14-Jul-2007 16:11
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if your a tertiary student, enquire about MSDN student copies of MS products, i got Vista, MS XP PRO, and 2003 Server free of charge.

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