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Can I use my XP disc on a friends PC ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am sure this has been asked hundreds of times before but I cannot find a definitive answer.

    Can I legally use my XP disc to reinstall a friends O/S using the license/COA that is attached to his computer ?
    Windows 7 x64 RC, Asrock K8NF6P, AMD64 3200+, 1.5GB RAM, Palit Geforce 8400GS 256MB, 500GB Maxtor SataII, Asus 1814BLT optical
    Monday, June 15, 2009 8:27 PM

Answers

  • Hello BrowniMFC,

    If your CD is a systembuilder/OEM/small manufacturer CD for XP Pro, your CD will accept the Product Key on the XP Pro CoA on his computer.

    For many reasons, Stephen as a Microsoft employee is not permitted to respond to your licensing question.

    I am not a MS employee, so I can tell you that it will work as I described above.

    Your friend can take steps to acquire either a manufacturer's OS reinstallation/recovery disc if his computer is from a major manufacturer, or can acquire a genuine Microsoft hologrammed XP CD if his computer is from a local small PC builder.  Please see this MS KB article:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/326246
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by BrowniMFC Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:32 PM
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:06 AM
  • Hello BrowniMFC,

    As I mentioned earlier licensing questions fall outside our support scope as well as our area of expertise. I provided additional links where you may visit and get some answers. 


    Take care,

    Stephen


    Attention All Forum Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own which will help minimize confusion. If any post fixes your issue, please click the "Post was Helpful" button for that post. This will help us showcase the threads that best help our customers. Thank you, Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, June 15, 2009 10:50 PM
    Monday, June 15, 2009 10:49 PM

All replies

  • Hello BrowniMFC,


    Thank you for visiting the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program forum. Your post is out of scope for the WGA program forum as well as out of our expertise.  Depending on what XP version you currently have would dictate the transferability and license terms.  Please read your End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). In order to read your EULA, click Start>Run, type winver and click OK, then click on the link for the license terms or EULA.

    Questions regarding Software Licensing Terms can be found at the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/default.aspx

    Volume licensing customers can use the Microsoft Volume Licensing site to find contact information in their locations. See the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx  

    For additional information about Certificates of Authenticity (COA), see the following link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/default.aspx?displaylang=en

    Additional Information:

    For licensing questions, please call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

     

    Thank you for visiting us in the WGA program forum.



    Stephen :-)


    Attention All Forum Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own which will help minimize confusion. If any post fixes your issue, please click the "Post was Helpful" button for that post. This will help us showcase the threads that best help our customers. Thank you, Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, June 15, 2009 8:48 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by BrowniMFC Monday, June 15, 2009 8:51 PM
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, June 15, 2009 9:08 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by BrowniMFC Monday, June 15, 2009 9:09 PM
    Monday, June 15, 2009 8:46 PM
  • Hi Stephen, thanks for your prompt reply.

    There was no issue regarding transferring of license, my friends PC has an XP Pro license/COA and I was was wondering if I could legally use my own XP Pro disc to recover it.
    Windows 7 x64 RC, Asrock K8NF6P, AMD64 3200+, 1.5GB RAM, Palit Geforce 8400GS 256MB, 500GB Maxtor SataII, Asus 1814BLT optical
    Monday, June 15, 2009 8:56 PM
  • Hello BrowniMFC,

    As I mentioned earlier licensing questions fall outside our support scope as well as our area of expertise. I provided additional links where you may visit and get some answers. 


    Take care,

    Stephen


    Attention All Forum Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own which will help minimize confusion. If any post fixes your issue, please click the "Post was Helpful" button for that post. This will help us showcase the threads that best help our customers. Thank you, Stephen Holm
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, June 15, 2009 10:50 PM
    Monday, June 15, 2009 10:49 PM
  • Hello BrowniMFC,

    If your CD is a systembuilder/OEM/small manufacturer CD for XP Pro, your CD will accept the Product Key on the XP Pro CoA on his computer.

    For many reasons, Stephen as a Microsoft employee is not permitted to respond to your licensing question.

    I am not a MS employee, so I can tell you that it will work as I described above.

    Your friend can take steps to acquire either a manufacturer's OS reinstallation/recovery disc if his computer is from a major manufacturer, or can acquire a genuine Microsoft hologrammed XP CD if his computer is from a local small PC builder.  Please see this MS KB article:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/326246
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by BrowniMFC Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:32 PM
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:06 AM