Can I re-install Windows XP Professional on a new pc if I remove it from the old one? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have 2 old PC's that both have XP professional on them.  They are no longer working and I would like to re-use the existing operating system in another computer.  Is that possible?


    Friday, February 4, 2011 9:04 PM


  • Hello Rooagain,

    The answer to your question depends on what License those Windows are under.

    1) If the Windows cam Pre-installed on the Original PC, then they are under an OEM License and are not trasnferable to any other PC.

    2) If the Windows can separate from the PC (in a nice looking Retail Box) then they would be under a Retail License and would be allowed to be moved to another PC (as long as that Windows has either been removed from the former PC or the former PC is non-functional). 


    I hope that helps,

    Darin MS
    Friday, February 4, 2011 9:52 PM