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Installing XP Home on second pc

by Rodrick F. / January 19, 2007 6:12 AM PST

I am a new user of xp home edition which I installed on my old pc using a purchased full oem disc. I would like to install it on my wife's pc without going out and buying a second disc. I am willing to pay for a new license, but I am unsure as to how one goes about doing this. Searching the windows knowledge base is long and tedious and I may be wording my search incorrectly. Can anybody make this simple for me? Step by step instructions would be great. But even a link to microsoft's page on the subject would be better than nothing.

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Not Worth It
by Darton Fury / January 19, 2007 10:35 AM PST

The price of buying a license/product key from Microsoft is comparable to buying an OEM XP disk from an online discount house. Better to have the second disk.

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Good place to start
by jackson dougless / January 19, 2007 11:05 AM PST

While I do sort of agree with the sentiment that it's probably not worth it, since you only save like $10 by doing this, I would start by calling the Windows Activation phone number, and asking someone there.

If they can't sell you the license outright, I would bet they could at least give you the number you need to call to get that second license.

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Don't think you can do it. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 19, 2007 7:34 PM PST

OEM is the key word. Whoever owns the rights to that copy is the only owner allowed. If you had bought a standard copy, it's easy to buy another license. Your choice is buy another OEM copy or a new standard copy. And another OEM copy will probably be cheaper than another license, if MS will allow it. Don't hold your breath.

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