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Using my broken laptops XP Home OEM Serial Number

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Dark One 123

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I have a laptop which broken, I was wondering can I install XP Home OEM onto my Desktop (I have the CD for it) and use the serial number from the Laptop? I know I will need to phone Microsoft to get them to activate it because it won't be able to do it. So can I or not?
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Legally the licence lives and dies with the laptop. The official Microsoft policy is one licence per machine, and the next stage is a site licence which is only going to be a feasible option for business.
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In general, OEM software may not be transferred from one system to another system. However, the computer system can certainly be updated with new components without the requirement of a new software license. The only exception to this is the motherboard If the motherboard is replaced the computer system is deemed "new" and a new license would be required. Other PC components may be upgraded, including a hard drive. Though if the hard drive is replaced/upgraded, the operating system must first be removed from the old hard drive. To restate: the operating system is "married" to the computer system on which it is originally installed.

exactly what part of the laptop is "broken"
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