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  • About 6 months ago i purchased computer parts and a copy of WindowsXP builders version, got the computer built and xp installed and validated.  Well a week ago i got hit by lightning and computer went up in smoke.  My question here is if i build another computer can i use my XP OEM builders copy on the new one?

    Monday, August 25, 2008 4:13 AM

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    Dear Travis80,

    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 as well as outside my area of knowledge. I would like to provide some information which may help. I'm sorry to hear your system went up in smoke. One thing I always try to remind people is that whenever inclement weather is near, power down the computer completely, unplug it from the wall, and in some instances, remove the battery. That way weather will not be able to affect your investment/computer. That being said, it is my understanding that a Systems Builders License is tied to the bios of the motherboard. If your system is no longer functioning due to the weather scenario, I would call and pose your question to telephone activation, since there is a good chance if you put your copy on another machine that it will not pass validation. Be sure to ask if they will permit the installation before you install on the other pc.

    Information for Telephone Activation:

    “Activate by Phone” method from the activation Wizard. Telephone numbers for Activation Centers vary by product license and country/region. Use the number provided on your Activation Wizard screen to call the Microsoft Activation Center.  Please follow the below guidance for telephone activation for activating Windows. 

     

    To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps:

    1.

    Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

    Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.

    2.

    Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.

    3.

    Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.

    4.

    Follow the steps in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.

    Note The number appears now and differs based on the location that you select.

    5.

    When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.

    You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

    More information on how to activate Windows XP at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

    Also you may reference the following site for various telephone activation centers:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326851

     Here is the website for international support and the contact information:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/numbers.mspx

     

    After you finish the above steps please restart the computer and try to validate Windows again: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine. Please locate the “Validate Windows” button in the upper right hand corner. Double click on the button and follow the guidance.


    I hope this information helps.

     

    Rick, MS

    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Monday, August 25, 2008 4:23 PM
    Monday, August 25, 2008 4:23 PM

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    Dear Travis80,

    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 as well as outside my area of knowledge. I would like to provide some information which may help. I'm sorry to hear your system went up in smoke. One thing I always try to remind people is that whenever inclement weather is near, power down the computer completely, unplug it from the wall, and in some instances, remove the battery. That way weather will not be able to affect your investment/computer. That being said, it is my understanding that a Systems Builders License is tied to the bios of the motherboard. If your system is no longer functioning due to the weather scenario, I would call and pose your question to telephone activation, since there is a good chance if you put your copy on another machine that it will not pass validation. Be sure to ask if they will permit the installation before you install on the other pc.

    Information for Telephone Activation:

    “Activate by Phone” method from the activation Wizard. Telephone numbers for Activation Centers vary by product license and country/region. Use the number provided on your Activation Wizard screen to call the Microsoft Activation Center.  Please follow the below guidance for telephone activation for activating Windows. 

     

    To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps:

    1.

    Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

    Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.

    2.

    Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.

    3.

    Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.

    4.

    Follow the steps in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.

    Note The number appears now and differs based on the location that you select.

    5.

    When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.

    You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

    More information on how to activate Windows XP at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

    Also you may reference the following site for various telephone activation centers:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326851

     Here is the website for international support and the contact information:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/numbers.mspx

     

    After you finish the above steps please restart the computer and try to validate Windows again: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine. Please locate the “Validate Windows” button in the upper right hand corner. Double click on the button and follow the guidance.


    I hope this information helps.

     

    Rick, MS

    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Monday, August 25, 2008 4:23 PM
    Monday, August 25, 2008 4:23 PM
  • Travis80,

    Generally the systembuilder/OEM End User Licensing Agreement prohibits moving the OEM license from one computer to another.

    However, there is an unwritten exception that covers when the base component of the system, the motherboard, becomes defective.  And I would think that the motherboard of a computer hit by lightning could become real defective real quick!

    When you reassemble/repair the computer, just install your XP and try the normal automatic online activation.  If refused, do the telephonic activation.  If the automated telephonic activation is refused, choose the option to speak with an activation rep.  Just explain the computer was hit by lightning so you had to replace the motherboard.  They'll probably ask you to verify that the particular copy of XP is not installed on any other computers, and when you say No they will issue an activation code and you'll be done.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, August 25, 2008 7:26 PM