uninstall vista from my new machine uninstall vista from my new machine to use xp home sp2
Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:20 PM
Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:28 PM
This is an easy solution.
While you are backing up your data to removable storage (flash drive, CD, DVD, external hard drive) Go out and buy a legal copy of Windows XP (full version or OEM, not upgrade) You may have to go to a website like tigerdirect.com to find a copy of XP.
Install the Windows XP just like you did Vista,
And then install all of your programs,
And then restore the data that you backed up.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:15 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:16 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:19 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:23 PM
You can not legaly use a copy of Windows that is "from" another computer.
You will have trouble activating this copy of Windows.
Knowing that you wish to use a copy of Windows illegaly, I would be commiting a crime if I helped you.
I realy do not need legal problems.
I am sorry.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:39 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:09 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:08 PM
You may not swap anything from one computer to another.
Any program that states in the EULA that it is for one computer can not be swapped to another computer.
The key code that you have is for that one machine only.
It is tied to the motherboard.
You may not use it on another computer.
You do not own it. (you own a one computer license)
When it was installed a number was created based on your motherboard. If the number does not match you can not activate it.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:10 PM
Licensing issues can be tricky sometimes.
Are the re-installation disks you have from brand name machines such as Dell, HP, Compaq, etc...?
If they are, these are referred to as OEM disks. The operating system and key from these disks are tied to the hardware on which it is originally installed and cannot legally be transferred to another machine. Another type of OEM disk is that which is purchased with qualifying hardware. These are usually plainly marked as OEM versions. They, too, are tied to the hardware on which they were originally installed. Essentially, OEM operating systems live and die with the machine they are first installed on.
If, on the other hand, your disk is a retail version that was purchased through Microsoft or another retail outlet, it's licensed to you and not to the hardware. Retail versions can be legally installed on any machine you own so long as it is installed on only one machine at any given time. These disks will be labeled with the Microsoft holographic label.
While a retail version may require a phone call to Microsoft for activation when you transfer it to another machine, it will activate. The registration number for the previous machine will be deactivated and the new one registered to you for the new hardware. You may do this as often as you wish.
As hfcg advised, an OEM version that is transferred from one machine to another will likely not activate with Microsoft...which will eventually lead to the operating system becoming nonfunctional. Even by phone, Microsoft will not activate an OEM version that's been transferred to a new machine. The only way around this is to use the original motherboard...then it will be seen as a hardware upgrade and not a new platform.
So...determining the kind of disk you have will also determine whether you can legally transfer the operating system to a different machine or not.
Does this help or just add to the confusion?
Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:33 PM
and i am sorry if i seemed a little short with everyone. i have just been going crazy cause some of the programs i really liked are not vista compatable (soulseek). and to not stray from the subject, yes wannabe1, you really cleared things up for me. the reinstallation cd was for my old system so i guess i am stuck there. i am stuck with the vista cd i got from new egg for 100 bucks and i am having nat trouble and port forwarding problems. buying a new machine has been one big mistake. thx everyone for the help and listening to how bummed i am!!
Posted 22 November 2008 - 04:07 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:47 PM
From the other post I see that you are using utorrent. may I ask why?
- Click the start button.
- Select control panel.
- Open Network and sharing center.
- Make sure that network discovery is on and password protected sharing is off.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 06:55 PM
Posted 23 November 2008 - 06:56 PM