Installing xp on another computer RRS feed

  • Question

  • The computer i'm currently using is not mine, and i'm going to give it back. However I bought an original xp installation cd.
    Can I just wipe this computer clean and install ixp on another computer??
    If not, what do I need to do??
    Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:02 AM


  • Doni_G,


    The computer that you are going to give back but may use in the interim may have an End User License Agreement

    where only the original Windows/Office setup can be restored and you will run into issues should you install Microsoft

    Windows XP from another CD onto the computer. 


    Retail licenses may be moved from one computer to another, as long as the license is activated on one computer at a time and as long as the previous installation of the license is removed from the previously licensed computer.


    OEM licenses for XP are tied to the first computer onto which they are installed and the license is not permitted to be moved on any other computer.  For the purposes of defining what a computer is, since a computer is really just a collection of parts, Microsoft has established that the motherboard is the base or "defining" component, and the OEM license is permanently tied to the motherboard.



    I hope I have answered your question. 


    Lori MS

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008 9:38 PM