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Can I use my existing Windows disc and product key from my old computer to install on my new computer?

    Question

  • I recently replaced my HP laptop, which is no longer functional, with a new MacBook Pro.  I want to use a few key Windows applications, so I used my existing Windows XP disc to set up a Windows partition on my MacBook.  After installing and running several times, Windows now says that my product key is invalid.  Do I need to purchase a new license for my new computer or is there some other way to use my existing one from my non-functional HP laptop?

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0011.0):
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    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid Product Key
    Validation Code: 8

    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-X8QCH-D7PTH-KYYPB
    Windows Product Key Hash: cu8JeoyTUlD3Kpyl7fqnUyQKtxw=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-642-4643641-23404
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro
    ID: {7B81726B-20B7-4AD3-993B-6382B2F3AC6A}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.9.40.0
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: N/A
    Architecture: N/A
    Build lab: N/A
    TTS Error: N/A
    Validation Diagnostic: 025D1FF3-230-1
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A
    Version: N/A

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: 8
    File Exists: Yes
    Version: 1.9.40.0
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: Microsoft
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: Microsoft

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 109 N/A
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: B4D0AA8B-543-80070002_025D1FF3-230-1

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Safari\Safari.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{7B81726B-20B7-4AD3-993B-6382B2F3AC6A}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0011.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-KYYPB</PKey><PID>76487-642-4643641-23404</PID><PIDType>1</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-746137067-630328440-839522115</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Apple Inc.</Manufacturer><Model>MacBookPro5,1</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Apple Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>   MBP51.88Z.0074.B01.0810311509</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20081031000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>CB67332701844079</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification><File Name="WgaTray.exe" Version="1.9.40.0"/><File Name="WgaLogon.dll" Version="1.9.40.0"/></GANotification></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  

    Licensing Data-->
    N/A

    HWID Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    BIOS string matches: no
    Marker string from BIOS: N/A
    Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    N/A
    Monday, November 16, 2009 5:10 PM

Answers

  • Hello benrjames,

    The problem in your specific case is that the license you had installed on the HP laptop, and now moved to your MacBook, is itself not a valid license; it is a volume licensing edition of XP Pro which was installed using an invalid volume licensing key made up with a key generating program, hence the status of Invalid Product Key on the report.  This installation of XP Pro would not be Genuine even if installed back onto the HP laptop (if the laptop was operation once more).

    However, even if the license you were moving from the HP laptop was a valid OEM license, you still would not be permitted by the End User Licensing Agreement to move the OEM license for XP from the HP to any other computer, regardless of whether the destination computer is a Mac, a Dell, or another HP computer.  The reason for this is because OEM licenses for Windows (licenses that come from a computer manufacturer preinstalled on their computer) are permanently married to the computer onto which they are first installed and are not permitted to be moved to any other computer.

    In order to run Windows on your Mac, you need to purchase a full retail or systembuilder/OEM license for the version and edition of Windows that will both work on the Mac and will run the specific apps you need to run.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, November 16, 2009 6:37 PM