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  • Hi,

    I have a french computer I bought with a genuine version of XP home. Since I moved to the US I bought another computer with vista.
    I would like to change the version of xp I have to english so my wife who doesn't speek french, can have her own computer. So my question is:

    If I use an english installation cd of xp to reinstall xp on the french computer, can I use my french product key to validate and activate windows.

    Thank you

    Monday, April 7, 2008 3:25 AM

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  • jobou,

     

    Interesting question! First I must say this is out of the scope for the WGA Forum.  Your OEM license for XP comes with certain restrictions that make it less flexible, and therefore less expensive, than the retail license for XP.  One of the limitations is that the license is "married" to the computer onto which it is first installed, and by the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) it is not permitted to be moved to any another computer.  In order to read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

     The interpretation and enforcement of the OEM EULA regards a change in motherboard for the reason of upgrading to get new features, enhanced performance, etc, constitutes a "new computer."  The best resolution would be purchasing a retail version of Windows XP Professional. The retail version has much more flexibility. For instance this would alleviate you from purchasing another XP Pro OEM version should you want to perform an upgrade in the future. The cost for retail is much more but it appears you would benefit because you upgrade the systems which you own. The key is you would have to remove any and all previous versions from a previous machine then you may install to the upgraded machine.

     I can understand that you want to save money as well as laborious hours performing a fresh installation of the operating system. Keep in mind you probably will run into various conflicts regarding the various hardware drivers. It is always a good recommendation for completing wiping out the hard drive when major upgrades are performed. Please keep this in mind :-).  Should you need any assistance with reformatting the hard drive please reference the following URL:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/default.mspx

    The method of enforcement of this policy is the Telephonic activation.  If your telephonic activation attempt is rejected by the automated system, you are asked if you want to speak with a live activation representative.  The rep asks you some questions to see if you are still using your copy of XP in accordance with the EULA. 

     

    Lori MS
    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 9:30 PM

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  • jobou,

     

    Interesting question! First I must say this is out of the scope for the WGA Forum.  Your OEM license for XP comes with certain restrictions that make it less flexible, and therefore less expensive, than the retail license for XP.  One of the limitations is that the license is "married" to the computer onto which it is first installed, and by the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) it is not permitted to be moved to any another computer.  In order to read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

     The interpretation and enforcement of the OEM EULA regards a change in motherboard for the reason of upgrading to get new features, enhanced performance, etc, constitutes a "new computer."  The best resolution would be purchasing a retail version of Windows XP Professional. The retail version has much more flexibility. For instance this would alleviate you from purchasing another XP Pro OEM version should you want to perform an upgrade in the future. The cost for retail is much more but it appears you would benefit because you upgrade the systems which you own. The key is you would have to remove any and all previous versions from a previous machine then you may install to the upgraded machine.

     I can understand that you want to save money as well as laborious hours performing a fresh installation of the operating system. Keep in mind you probably will run into various conflicts regarding the various hardware drivers. It is always a good recommendation for completing wiping out the hard drive when major upgrades are performed. Please keep this in mind :-).  Should you need any assistance with reformatting the hard drive please reference the following URL:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/default.mspx

    The method of enforcement of this policy is the Telephonic activation.  If your telephonic activation attempt is rejected by the automated system, you are asked if you want to speak with a live activation representative.  The rep asks you some questions to see if you are still using your copy of XP in accordance with the EULA. 

     

    Lori MS
    Wednesday, April 23, 2008 9:30 PM
  • That does not answer the question. I have the same problem. I am on a computer that I bought with XP in Spanish. I can not download an update I need for work onto my computer because the update is in English and my XP is in Spanish. I do not want to use XP on another computer, I simply want to change the language of my XP.

    Friday, June 6, 2008 3:53 PM
  • Jobou,

     

    Thank you for visiting the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Forum.  The purpose of this forum is the support of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program.  Your question is off topic. I suggest posting your question to the Discussions in Windows XP General Forum newsgroups here:

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/newsgroups/reader.mspx?dg=microsoft.public.windowsxp.general&lang=en&cr=US

     

                If you should have other non-WGA questions please visit our other communities for helpful information here:  http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/community.mspx .  Thank you for visiting the forum.

     

     

    Take care,

     

    Stephen Holm, MS

    WGA and OGA Forum Manager

     

     

    Monday, July 7, 2008 9:09 PM