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  • I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place?


    I bought two copies of XP home and i have bought my wife a new computer, one copy is on mine and the other one was on my wife's old computer,  can i transfer the xp home to the other computer and if so how?

    I know that it's tied in with the hard drive CD roms etc, but i want to transfer it to her new computer, i dont want or shouldan't have to buy a new copy of XP home every time i buy a new computer.

    Thanks for any help



    PS both copie's are legal

    Friday, April 20, 2007 9:42 PM


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  • Boogiemaster,


    Retail licenses for XP can be moved from one computer to another.


    OEM licenses are locked to the computer onto which they are first installed and are not permitted to be moved to any other computer.


    Click Start>Run, type winver, click OK, then click the "End User License Agreement" link to read your EULA.


    If you run this utility http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 and look at line 8, Windows License Type, it will tell you what type of license you have.

    Saturday, April 21, 2007 12:18 AM
  • Darin,

    Systembuilder/OEM licenses have the same "not allowed to move" provision as do SLP/OEM licenses, but they do not have the SLP technology that helps to enforce the provision.

    Here are two pages within the secured systembuilder section that have further info:  http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpage.aspx?PageID=553064 and http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpage.aspx?PageID=552846#faq2

    Saturday, April 21, 2007 1:05 AM
  • Thanks for all the replies


    I've mannaged to get it sorted by buying another copy of windows xp, will hold off on vista as my wife dont like it too much.

    Once again thank you for all your help.


    Friday, April 27, 2007 1:33 PM
  • Dan is correct.


    For anyone else with any licensing questions, please read your EULA


    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    MGA Forum Program Manager


    All Users: Please go to http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1255325&SiteID=25 before posting a question.


    Friday, April 27, 2007 8:05 PM