WPA XP Home OEM...hypothetical situation

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allochthonous

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Hypothetically speaking..

Say a person had an old PC that he or she wanted to sell at a garage sale, and he or she installed XP Home using an OEM key (one that was purchased, not preinstalled) that came off of another older, trashed system that had not been used in years. Windows activated just fine through three reinstallations.

Now, I know that WPA checks on boot for major hardware changes, but once the product has been activated and everything checks out after several reboots, will there be any worry for the potential buyer? The COA sticker will be placed on the PC being sold.

Hypothetically, of course.

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There should be no problem.

Most probably though, if the buyer does decide to reinstall windows xp for a 4th time...they will probably have to do it via telephone...as "online activation" can be quite fussy at times.
 

allochthonous

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Is there something magic about the 4th time?

As a side note, I have swapped out a lot of hardware on many machines (mostly Dell OEM, a couple of retail "upgrade" versions) and have NEVER had any issues with WPA.

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no, its just that from my experience when you do multiple activations (usually over 2) with the same activation key MS's online activation does'nt really work anymore

But everybody will have a different story to tell you regarding activation.
 
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