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  • Question

  • I had three computers one ran windows xp home premium, one had xp starter and the last had vista starter. All have since ceased working along with their hard drives.

    I still have the install discs and serial numbers and product keys. Since I've had so many nightmares with windows and the pieces of crap they put their Operating system on I got a mac.

    My job requires applications which are only available on windows. I was wondering if i could use boot camp on the mac to install one of the versions of windows on boot camp with the authentication keys and install discs.

     

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:31 PM

Answers

  • Unfortunately, Windows OEM operating system licenses cannot be transferred to a different computer, so you'll be unable to reuse those Windows OEM licences on a MAC running Boot Camp.  You would need to purchase a "Full Retail" edition of Windows 7 for installation on a MAC running Boot Camp.
    Carey Frisch

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:54 PM
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  • "Carey Frisch" wrote in message news:eabbfd21-6c0d-4632-92f8-a54abd78d601...
    Unfortunately, Windows OEM operating system licenses cannot be transferred to a different computer, so you'll be unable to reuse those Windows OEM licences on a MAC running Boot Camp.  You would need to purchase a "Full Retail" edition of Windows 7 for installation on a MAC running Boot Camp.
    Carey Frisch


    ... and there's also the minor fact that there's no such thing as 'xp starter' or 'xp home premium'

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:22 AM
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  • Unfortunately, Windows OEM operating system licenses cannot be transferred to a different computer, so you'll be unable to reuse those Windows OEM licences on a MAC running Boot Camp.  You would need to purchase a "Full Retail" edition of Windows 7 for installation on a MAC running Boot Camp.
    Carey Frisch

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011 11:54 PM
    Moderator
  • "Carey Frisch" wrote in message news:eabbfd21-6c0d-4632-92f8-a54abd78d601...
    Unfortunately, Windows OEM operating system licenses cannot be transferred to a different computer, so you'll be unable to reuse those Windows OEM licences on a MAC running Boot Camp.  You would need to purchase a "Full Retail" edition of Windows 7 for installation on a MAC running Boot Camp.
    Carey Frisch


    ... and there's also the minor fact that there's no such thing as 'xp starter' or 'xp home premium'

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:22 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Carey or Noel,

     

    My computer which run Windows XP OEM Licenses just crashed and I though I had to reformat it but unfortunately I lost my Windows CD. My friend who used Windows XP offered me to use his Windows XP CD. Can I use that CD and install it with my original serial number in the same machine? Thank you.

     

     

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:33 PM
  • "Sumodiardjo" wrote in message news:60c329ef-06fe-4632-93ac-68684f966eb9...

    Hi Carey or Noel,

     

    My computer which run Windows XP OEM Licenses just crashed and I though I had to reformat it but unfortunately I lost my Windows CD. My friend who used Windows XP offered me to use his Windows XP CD. Can I use that CD and install it with my original serial number in the same machine? Thank you.

     

     


    Yes - provided that it's the same edition (Pro/Home) as yours, and that the Service Pack level is at least the same as yours.
    It should also be an OEM System Builder disk - but it's possible to get away with a Retail disk at a pinch, with a bit of fiddling.

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:43 PM
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  • I had to restore my computer, same computer & software, and now my XP Serial code is not valid.  any fix for this?
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:15 PM
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    Carey Frisch
    Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:47 AM
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