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Laptop XP pro on desktop pc? RRS feed

  • Question

  •  Hi, I bought a laptop in 2002 with XP pro, and I'm not using it anymore. Could I transfer my license from my laptop to a desktop pc?

    Thanks.
    Monday, November 3, 2008 3:28 PM

Answers

  • If it was included with the laptop, no. If it is not, then yes. You must completely remove the product from the previous computer, and activate by telephone on the new PC.
    • Proposed as answer by motherboardlove Monday, November 3, 2008 8:34 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Antron Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:33 PM
    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM
    Monday, November 3, 2008 8:34 PM
  • Katchou,

    Retail Copy Licenses can be moved from 1 pc to another. These are purchased separately from the pc. OEM (like Dell or Lenovo) come with OEM Licenses which are tied to the motherboard of the pc they came with.

    Here is a link which may assist you further in your search.

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/

    Rick
    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM

All replies

  • If it was included with the laptop, no. If it is not, then yes. You must completely remove the product from the previous computer, and activate by telephone on the new PC.
    • Proposed as answer by motherboardlove Monday, November 3, 2008 8:34 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Antron Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:33 PM
    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM
    Monday, November 3, 2008 8:34 PM
  • Hello Katchou, 

    Thank you for visiting the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program forum. In order to receive the best support, we request all users to initially run the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool.  This will try and identify the individual issue you may be experiencing.  Please provide a brief synopsis describing your customer scenario, including any dialogue, error messages, or codes. Error codes can be found in the lower left hand corner of most Genuine Advantage Web pages when an error is encountered.

    By clicking the link below, you will download the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool (MGADT).  Then click the Run button. Then click the Run button again. Then click the Continue button to perform the diagnostic. The Windows tab should show, click the Copy button to paste your report to the clipboard.  Then paste the report into a New Post on this Forum by adding a post in it and pressing Ctrl V (to paste the text). Clicking the OK button will clear the Diagnostic window. Here is the download link:

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

    Please tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows XP.

    1. What edition/version of Windows XP is titled?

    ·         Home

    ·         Professional

    ·         Media Center

    2. Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3. Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4. Please provide the customer scenario you are experiencing.

    5. DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Not sure what to look for, see this page to reference your COA:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/product.aspx?pID=2abf99cd-a5e4-469c-802e-55ca8ec542d5&cID=ea710cad-37b0-4975-bcd6-abfee19961df&method=oem&displaylang=en

    NOTE: The data collected with the MGADT does NOT contain any information that can personally identify you. The information can be fully reviewed, by you, before being posted.

    Thank you for your participation here on the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program forums. We look forward to working with you.

    Antron-

    • Marked as answer by Antron Monday, November 10, 2008 5:21 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by RickImAPC Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:34 PM
  • Katchou,

    Retail Copy Licenses can be moved from 1 pc to another. These are purchased separately from the pc. OEM (like Dell or Lenovo) come with OEM Licenses which are tied to the motherboard of the pc they came with.

    Here is a link which may assist you further in your search.

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/

    Rick
    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:09 PM