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I need to install win xp pro on a new hd

by er_paez47 / February 13, 2008 10:12 PM PST

My laptop hd went back, i have the win xp pro cd that i installed on this hd, now i need to buy a new hd for the laptop, question if i try to install the win xp on the new hd when i validate it again will i have any problem, or i have to call microsoft customer service to tell them what is going on ?
Thanks for your advise

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Usually never a problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 13, 2008 10:19 PM PST

Nothing in your posts suggests it will not activate.

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Hi Bob
by er_paez47 / February 13, 2008 11:20 PM PST

Well you know so far as i know once xp is intalled on a computer an activated, then i heard that if you try to install it again you have to contact microsoft to tell them you wil install in another hd, all i want to know is if my hd went bad and i need to replace the hd if i can install the same win xp on this new hd, can i do it ?

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That's for retail copies
by Jimmy Greystone / February 13, 2008 11:50 PM PST
In reply to: Hi Bob

There are a lot of myths and misinformation floating about regarding Windows activation, so here's the facts in a nutshell.

With retail/store bought copies of Windows you get at least 2-3 activations within about a 6 month period before you have to call in to get an activation number.

With copies that come with a computer, they are specially modified so they activate so long as they detect that they are running on a computer made by that company. So an XP CD that came with a Dell computer should always activate on any Dell computer, but won't activate on an HP computer, and vise versa.

OEM copies you might buy off ebay or from places like NewEgg are locked to the hardware you first activated on, and that's it. If you make significant changes to the hardware of that system, you will be required to obtain a new Windows license.

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yes it is an OEM VERSION
by er_paez47 / February 14, 2008 1:30 AM PST

Well what i installed on that computer was an oem version but now the hd is bad, then you meant i have to buy another oem version, $139.99 again, is there anyway to contact microsoft about it it is not fair paid $139.99+tx+shipping and do it again cause the hd went back, you know don't misunderstand me ii just want to know the options i have and by the way do you know a microsoft phone number to call about this
issue, cause i was checking support and i ahve to pay $59.00 email, chat whatever i choose.
Thanks hope you can guide me here

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You could have the answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 1:34 AM PST

But here it is. Even with the OEM version, while it is locked to some machine it's license does not incur such a penalty on a hard disk change. You seem to be repeating some of the bad information out there.

Since it usually just works why not get it done and save yourself all the research and wasted phone calls?


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PS. What I meant by waste.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 1:35 AM PST

Microsoft has nothing to do with OEM copies. That is between you and the OEM provider. I've seen a few get upset with that, but it's all there in the license.

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Bob I am concern about be able to validate the product
by er_paez47 / February 14, 2008 2:14 AM PST

I am concern about be able to validate the product again, as you know i can install it then i need to validate it and then after that when i installed all the windows update i will have to go thr the genuine validation, this is not an illegal copy but i have been asking all of these questions before i actually start the process of the windows installation, in fact i don't have the hd , i just ordered but i wanted to know in advance what will be my options, that is the reason of so many questions.

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Not to duplicate the web...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2008 3:03 AM PST

But if you look at how XP activates and how much change till it kicks on that, you would have no issue here.

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