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Can I transfer my OS?

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I have a perfectly good Win XP OS from a laptop that a friend gave me. The laptop is crispy now...... My problem is that I'm cheap and don't want to pay for another copy. I want to put this OS on a brand new machine I'm gunna build when I theoreticaly have already bought this copy. Is there a way to load this without complications? Recommendations? Ideas? Is it even possible? And please remember I am slow in the mind so be easy.
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OEM licences legally live and die with the machine they're stuck on - in your case, the laptop. Microsoft licences are distributed on the basis of one machine, one licence. Site licences (with appropriate obscene price tags) are available.
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When windows XP is installed on a machine it creates a unique number based on the hardware and that copy of XP.
This number is stored by Microsoft when the product is activated.
So if you install that copy of XP on a new machine you will not be able to activate it.
You can only use XP for 30 days with out activating it through Microsoft.
Thank you.
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