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Windows XP Activation - new pc

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dbonyad, Jun 23, 2006.

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  1. dbonyad

    dbonyad Thread Starter

    Jun 23, 2006
    I'm buying a new computer tower with no OS installed, but I have XP installed on my current tower. Would it be possible to just tell Microsoft I've upgraded and use the same key and activate successfully. The licence is still stuck to the side of my current computer with the number on.

    I have the full installation CD. I realise that it's "tied" to this computer. But when you significantly upgrade hardware, you need to reactivate. So what makes the PC the PC - how much can you upgrade before it becomes a different PC?

    Obviously, I'm technically buying a new unit, but how do MS know that?

    Simply because, whats the point in buying a whole new XP when vista comes out start of next year.
  2. dickyboy


    Jun 23, 2006

    Not liking your chances too much

    If the current version is on a OEM pc then it will tied to the bios of that motherboard and you will not be able to activate it

    If you have a full version bought standalone then you will have to call microsoft at activation as the hardware will be completely different. I don't think they will take too kindly to it.
  3. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    I agree with the above. OEM is tied "for life" to the motherboard on which it was first installed.

    No, if you were just replacing *that* motherboard they might allow acivation on the new motherboard, in the "old PC" if asked nicely, but technically they would not have to.

    There are some interesting legal cases floating around re this however.

    You can make up to about 5 "major changes", but the motherboard itself would exceed that, as its a new BIOS as well.
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