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  • Due to a motherboard faliure on my computer, I was forced to replace my computer. Instead of reusing my old hard drive, I decided to start over with a new drive and use the old drive as a backup. Now then, I purchased a standalone copy of Windows XP, and I know it is on at least 2 other computers. The third license is on my old hard drive.

    Therefore, when I try to validate XP, I am told I am out of valid lisenses. Upon calling the help line, the CSR told me I could either buy another license or uninstal XP from one of the other computers. Obviously, the old hard drive would be the right choice, but due to the motherboard change, I am unable to boot XP from that drive.

    I plan on reformating the old drive soon. Will that fix the problem, or do I need to buy a new license? Any help would be appreciated.

    Monday, May 28, 2007 1:06 AM

Answers

  • ChrisfromIl,

     

    The hard disk drive (HDD) that is currently out of service is immaterial to the situation as long as it remains out of service.

     

    Consumer licenses (retail and OEM) allow the installation and activation of one Windows XP license on one computer and one computer only.  The second installation of your single XP license is the installation that has violated the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) and that installation needs to be removed, or replaced with a new license.

     

    The installation of XP that is on the HDD is not valid, either.  If you were to put it in service, it would be the third installation of something that is only supposed to have one installation and activation.

    Monday, May 28, 2007 4:26 PM
  • The way your posting is worded, it's not clear if you are saying that this copy of Windows was at one time used on 3 different computers (not at the same time), or if it's currently loaded on 3 computers at the same time.

     

    If you are only using this copy of Windows on one PC, and have simply transferred the software from one computer to the next, as the machines broke down, or you got tired of them, then you should be able to re-use your original license.

     

    However if what you are asking is how you can use the same copy of Windows on multiple computers at the same time, the answer to that is "you can't", unless you are a volume license customer.  So if that is the case, then you might as well buy the license key, or purchase a new retail or OEM copy.

    Friday, June 1, 2007 2:08 AM

All replies

  • ChrisfromIl,

     

    The hard disk drive (HDD) that is currently out of service is immaterial to the situation as long as it remains out of service.

     

    Consumer licenses (retail and OEM) allow the installation and activation of one Windows XP license on one computer and one computer only.  The second installation of your single XP license is the installation that has violated the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) and that installation needs to be removed, or replaced with a new license.

     

    The installation of XP that is on the HDD is not valid, either.  If you were to put it in service, it would be the third installation of something that is only supposed to have one installation and activation.

    Monday, May 28, 2007 4:26 PM
  • The way your posting is worded, it's not clear if you are saying that this copy of Windows was at one time used on 3 different computers (not at the same time), or if it's currently loaded on 3 computers at the same time.

     

    If you are only using this copy of Windows on one PC, and have simply transferred the software from one computer to the next, as the machines broke down, or you got tired of them, then you should be able to re-use your original license.

     

    However if what you are asking is how you can use the same copy of Windows on multiple computers at the same time, the answer to that is "you can't", unless you are a volume license customer.  So if that is the case, then you might as well buy the license key, or purchase a new retail or OEM copy.

    Friday, June 1, 2007 2:08 AM