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Can I use Windows recovery cd's to boot windows on another PC

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tiffanyj87, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. Tiffanyj87

    Tiffanyj87 Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2007
    Hey, I've burned my recovery discs off my laptop and i was wondering if i can use them
    to put windows on another pc. Im helping my friend build a new pc, but he can't afford to also go buy windows xp oem, and i dont have it.

    I dont know anyone with a copy, and i was just wondering if its possible to use the recovery discs i burnt for my laptop.?

    If so, how would i go about doing that. Ive never had to boot an operating system from scratch. I know how id do it on an oem version because it directs you lol, but if its possible to use my backup discs, how would it work?

    Sorry im only now been getting into putting my comps together myself, when i had to change my computer case once. its fun! :p
  2. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
    Besides being illegal, it probably won't work. Your recovery discs are probably tied into the hardware it came with.
  3. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hi Tiffanyj87 - Sorry we cannot help you with what you asked about, but TSG rules forbid helping with software piracy, which you have unknowingly or not, asked about. With XP, it's one license to one machine except for multiple licenses, like system builders and corporations have...

    The advice you were given is right in that most of the bundled Recovery installs are tied to a certain setup and won't even install.

    Your friend is not even close to sympaty since you openly asked about installing onto a new build!

    The friend will just have to buy an OEM copy, which is the least expensive.....but, if they are a student, they may have some options that can reduce the cost, have they looked into that?

    Microsoft makes available a lot of software this way, if this person can verify that they are registered in a full time, school or training and/or their school participates. Ask a teacher, or in the Tech department of the school.


    Have the friend check with their school, as sometimes they can even provide a discount, for an operating system, for example:


    I am going to have to close this thread so that no one posts
    advice that would be illegal for you to follow.
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