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  • Hello,

    I bought my laptop 5 years ago or so, it came Windows XP Home preinstalled. Is there a way to tell if my key is a valid one or not?

    And my laptop is since broken. Can I install XP on my new desktop, if my key is genuine? If so, how can I find a new CD? I only got some recovery disks with my laptop which I've lost long ago.

    Thanks in advance.

    Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:33 PM

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  • "frontsideair" wrote in message news:db819d51-5047-485a-b7e8-0a88a6215892...

    Hello,

    I bought my laptop 5 years ago or so, it came Windows XP Home preinstalled. Is there a way to tell if my key is a valid one or not?

    And my laptop is since broken. Can I install XP on my new desktop, if my key is genuine? If so, how can I find a new CD? I only got some recovery disks with my laptop which I've lost long ago.

    Thanks in advance.


    If XP came pre-installed on your laptop, it will have been an OEM license, and as such the key cannot be transferred to a new computer under any circumstances.
    You will need to purchase a valid license for whatever version of Windows you elect to put on the new machine. Genuine XP licenses are rapidly becoming rarer than hen's teeth, do not be fooled by the many offers on auction or flea-market sites.
     

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    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Friday, December 17, 2010 11:25 PM
    Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:43 PM
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