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Windows Xp License Question?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lalo_mrv, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. lalo_mrv

    lalo_mrv Thread Starter

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    I have a HP PAVILION computer with WINDOWS XP HOME installed by the manufactorer. I want to upgrade my OS to windows vista. Can I still use the license of WINDOWS XP to install it on a different compurer? please help
     
  2. gamerbyron

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    Your saying that you want to upgrade your HP to Vista?
     
  3. The Hound

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    Yes, you may upgrade to Vista, if your hardware is compliant. As for transferring the license for XP to another system...

    The long answer: (quoted from my Dell OEM installed EULA)

    "The term "COMPUTER" as used herein shall mean the
    HARDWARE, if the HARDWARE is a single
    computer system, or shall mean the computer system
    with which the HARDWARE operates, if the
    HARDWARE is a computer system component."


    "1.2 SOFTWARE as a Component of the COMPUTER - Transfer.
    This license may not be shared, transferred to or used
    concurrently on different computers. The SOFTWARE
    is licensed with the COMPUTER as a single integrated
    product and may only be used with the COMPUTER.

    If the SOFTWARE is not accompanied by HARDWARE,
    you may not use the SOFTWARE. You may permanently
    transfer all of your rights under this EULA only as
    part of a permanent sale or transfer of the COMPUTER,
    provided you retain no copies of the SOFTWARE.
    If the SOFTWARE is an upgrade, any transfer
    must also include all prior versions of the
    SOFTWARE. This transfer must also include
    the Certificate of Authenticity label. The transfer
    may not be an indirect transfer, such as a consignment.
    Prior to the transfer, the end user receiving the
    Software must agree to all the EULA terms."

    I take this to mean that the O/S is licensed only to the machine on which HP installed it.

    The short answer:

    Sorry, no.
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    The answer on using the Windows XP from the HP or anyother name brand computer is NO since the install/recovery disks are modified specifically for that make and model with the processor that is in it and will not function properly on another make computer with a different processor.
     
  5. lalo_mrv

    lalo_mrv Thread Starter

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    Ok thanks for your help. I did alot of searching and found out that its imposible. What I was trying to do is install xp with a genuine xp disk(not copy) and use the key on the sticker on the side of my compurer.
     
  6. Goku

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    As long as you have purchased a genuine copy of Windows and not taken it from the internet or any other illegal source,you may use it.But remember,use it only on one computer at a time.Using it on more than one computer will not be fair thing to do.So in your case,I recommend you upgrade your main computer to Vista and your second computer to XP using your "genuine" key.
     
  7. DoubleHelix

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    If you use Windows XP as a qualifying product for an upgrade to Vista, you cannot use that Windows XP license on another computer and continue to run Vista. At the point XP is upgraded to Vista, the two licenses are bound together to become one license.
     
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    If you are using a RETAIL or OEM disc other than the one that came with your HP machine, the CD-KEY on the side will not work since the CD-KEY will be specific to the HP CDs.

    For example, a CD-KEY for XP HOME is different for a XP PROFESSIONAL, and vice versa.
     
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