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Can I sell my XP upgrade disk if I'm no longer using the license? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am selling my old laptop that originally had Win 98 and I upgraded to XP (the XP Upgrade is not OEM).  Before I sell it, I am removing and destroying the hard drive, so the XP license will no longer be in use (I'm selling the recovery disk with the laptop, but not the XP Upgrade disk).  Can I sell the XP Upgrade disk (with License Key), since the license will no longer be in use?  Do I need to 'deactivate' the License Key so the next person who uses it can activate it?  If so, how do I go about doing this?

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 6:06 PM

Answers

  • There is no method to "deactivate" a product key.  If the next owner cannot activate via the internet, then they would need to follow the simple procedure to "activate by phone".

     

    Windows XP Activation Methods: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 9:00 PM
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  • There is no method to "deactivate" a product key.  If the next owner cannot activate via the internet, then they would need to follow the simple procedure to "activate by phone".

     

    Windows XP Activation Methods: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

     

    Sunday, October 7, 2007 9:00 PM
    Moderator
  • Is there any future plan to allow people to de-activate an installation of Windows before they remove it? This could prove handy.

    Also, is there any contingency plan in place for if someone tries to activate a copy at a time when the activation servers are not live for XP? It isn't implausible that some people may still be installing XP in the 2020s, given how widespread the OS is.

    What guarantees to owners of XP licences have that they will always be able to use their software so long as the hardware exists to support it?
    Monday, March 9, 2009 4:55 PM
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    Windows XP Activation Methods: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890


    Carey Frisch
    Monday, March 9, 2009 7:08 PM
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  • Okay, but that doesn't really answer the question of how customers' rights to use the software are going to be maintained if Microsoft decides to pull the plug on XP. Or even, in an extreme circumstance, Microsoft ceases to trade.

    Am I correct in thinking there is no contingency?
    Monday, March 9, 2009 9:44 PM