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Installing Windows XP Home OEM on newly built computer

by dstanton12 / April 9, 2009 3:40 AM PDT

I think I know what I'm going to hear, but, just for clarity, here goes.
I am building a new computer from a barebones kit. I have an XP Home OEM disk which I am running on my present computer. Can I reuse that disk? Or, do I have to buy a new one? I was prepared to do so, but I thought I would see if it is really necessary.

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Re-use = YES!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2009 3:44 AM PDT

Will it activate? No.

The issues of licenses for XP are well discussed so let's just say you can use that CD as many times as you feel like it. Microsoft has teeth in the activation so in 28 or so days you'll understand what has to happen next.

Q. Do you have to buy a new CD?
A. No.

Q. What do I have to buy?
A. Only what you want to.

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Re-Use = Yes
by helljack6 / April 9, 2009 4:20 AM PDT

Q. Will it activate?
A. YES, it will activate, most likely without issue unless you have used and reused this very same disk for 10 other installations that you activated.

The bigger question,

Q. Is it legal?
A. The hard and fast answer, NO. It's not legal UNLESS you have a Volume Key License with allows ONE product key to be used with a pre-determined number of installations. Generally found with XP Pro. Otherwise, you are legally bound to have only one instance of XP per used Product Key.

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You sure about that?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 9, 2009 5:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Re-Use = Yes

You said it will activate.

Are you sure?

Don't forget, dstanton12 says he is "building a new computer from a barebones kit". He has an OEM already installed on another computer. As I understood it, those OEM OSs are fixed to the hardware of the computer system they are installed on, and any activation will notice the change in hardware, and so fail.

Where did I go wrong with that understanding?


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