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Topic # 58800 19-Mar-2010 14:25
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Hi guys, as a novice, have installed XP Pro, registered to my frienndfor his laptop bought at Xmas, onto a new hard drive on his desktop 5 year old recently upgraded Desktop. Why? Because I wanted his two machines to run the OS for networking compatibility and File Sharing.

Set up a dual boot system, which works fine. I select which OS to boot from, XP Pro loads super quick from HDD, then immediately a POP UP says, 30 days to validate. Tried to use KEY from laptop, tells me Good Licence, not for your machine, Also tells me my product KEY for the original desktop OS which is XP Home.

Then asks for money, a lot of money to buy avalidation kit. I'm sure this is all old hat to the daily professional tech. But I find it rude that my friend paid good money for an OS twice. And yet MS still ask for more money to use the licence on his other machine.

Noto Bene! When prompted during the XP Pro install, I said it was a business installnot a Home Office install. Would that have made a difference.

Question. Is it possible to load XP Pro, as a fresh install and not be asked for money, without upgrading the current XP Home install on the original HDD.

Thanks for your time and patience in advance

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  Reply # 309152 19-Mar-2010 14:51
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So... you have one product key for XP Pro (I'm assuming OEM license) which came with a laptop, and you're trying to install this onto a PC as well?

This can't be done. You will need to purchase a new license for the PC.

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  Reply # 309155 19-Mar-2010 14:59
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If I read this right...you're trying use the same standard single license XP Pro CD key on two machines (laptop and desktop) at the same time?

Pretty obvious that won't work.

If you're not using the cd key on the laptop anymore and it's a retail cd key, you can probably ring MS and get deactivate the key from being used with the laptop so you can use it on the desktop.  Not sure about oem cd keys, they are usually tied to the hardware they are sold with.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 309164 19-Mar-2010 15:14
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Okey Dokey. So, can't just load KEY to Desktop installation. As stated above, as a 72 year old NOOB I understand stuff is obvious to tech professionals. If it was obvious to me, I wouldn't have asked would I?

So, holding my hands up and stating for the record, I am a noob, and I'm just looking for some help, and thank you for your patience and assistance. It is sincerely appreciated. I'm not trying to buck the system here. But years ago, I bought my first laptop and installed Windows 98 on my old desktop.

I was hoping the system hadn't changed. However, from what Ragnor and Craven have stated, one licence key per specific machine seems to be the current norm.

Am I able to upgrade my XP Home 2002 SP3, which is licenced to my 5 year old desktop, to XP Pro SP3 for free?

Is that an option?

Or, if not are we saying the only way to upgrade my desktop to XP Pro is buy a licenced copy for it.

Thanks in advance

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  Reply # 309170 19-Mar-2010 15:24
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No you can't upgrade from home to pro for free.

Can you clarify what you need to do on the desktop that you can't do with XP Home that means you want to upgrade to Pro?

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  Reply # 309181 19-Mar-2010 15:55
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The rule of thumb is... If you purchase the OS outright from a store then you can install on any one hardware you want - you can more to another PC if you decide to upgrade, etc providing of course you remove from the old one.

If you purchase a PC with an OEM license for that OS then it can only run on that specific hardware.







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  Reply # 309382 20-Mar-2010 15:35
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Got it now guys thanks for your help.

To answer Ragnor, I cannot get a VPN to work for my friend with XP Pro calling in to his old Desktop running XP Home. My understanding from what I've read is bot machines need to be running XP Pro.

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  Reply # 309460 20-Mar-2010 23:06
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You might want to have a look at LogMeIn Hamachi
https://secure.logmein.com/US/solutions/personal/network/

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  Reply # 309475 21-Mar-2010 00:52
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MMCinNZ: Got it now guys thanks for your help.

To answer Ragnor, I cannot get a VPN to work for my friend with XP Pro calling in to his old Desktop running XP Home. My understanding from what I've read is bot machines need to be running XP Pro.


The VPN Client is built into both XP Home and XP Professional, if you simply want Remote Desktop Client, that is also built into both versions, if you want to setup a machine for others to Remote Desktop INTO (i.e. control) then that machine needs to be Windows XP Professional.

Or, use one of the many free products such as www.logmein.com which don't need static IP's, or VPN's to work. Much more elegent solution.




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  Reply # 309495 21-Mar-2010 10:52
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Thank you all will consider those suggestions. Much appreciated

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