Swapping os between computers RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have one computer running Vista and one running XP pro. I want to swap the operating systems between these machines. I believe that the OS is registered to the machine itself (somehow) and I'm concerned that if I just do a swap without correcting the registrations, the registrations will flag the installs as illegitimate.
    What do I have to do to swap the operating systems between these two computers and still be legal and get updates?
    Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:35 PM


  • Hello Scott,

    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.

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


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    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:50 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Stephen Holm Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:50 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Stephen Holm Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:50 PM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, July 1, 2009 6:49 PM
    Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:50 PM