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Transfer XP to another computer?

by chaz4 / March 3, 2005 10:27 PM PST

I have an old computer with XP Pro pre-installed on it. The computer came with a 'Restore Disk' that refuses to work on any other computer.

Is there any way I can install and activate that copy of XP on another computer? I can buy a 'barebones' computer quite cheaply with no operating system installed, but can't figure out how to re-use the XP from the computer I'm going to discard.

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by Yew / March 3, 2005 10:39 PM PST

OEM copies of XP, like the ones that come with computers, are legally bound to the hardware they came with. You'll have to buy a new copy of XP or use an OS like Linux that's free.

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Unlikely. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2005 10:44 PM PST

The XP license for that machine may be an OEM (yup!) and as such was discounted since it was agreed that you didn't get full rights such as transfer to another PC. Microsoft enforces this with activation and more.

Your discard PC is worth some hundred bucks just because of the OS that's there. Here's the idea. Get the old machine to work and sell it off for the cost of your new copy of the OS rather than discard it?


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Transferring OEM XP To A New Computer
by Daviddude / April 30, 2005 3:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Unlikely. Here's why.

Why not just buy the new computer, and use the hard drive from the old one?

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Why moving the hard disk won't work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 30, 2005 9:29 PM PDT

This OS doesn't work when moved some 99% of the time. Not only that but it will sniff out the changes and want to be "activated" and since it's a bundled OS, it will not activate.

Have you see this?

(I have)


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