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Removing XP from the old and reinstalling in a new PC


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Hi,
Every four years or so, the university where I work supplies us with new PC’s. We’re given the option to buy our old ‘workhorse’ for about €10.00 (US$14.00).
My home PC has a legitimate and validated Windows XP OS installed. After backing up the important files from my old PC, I’ll format the hard-drive and donate it to an elementary school in the area.
My question is: I wish to ‘re-install’ my original Windows XP in the ‘new’ computer and am wondering what I have to expect from Microsoft. I’m sure MS will not validate the new installation in the new computer – but its a legitimate copy. What can I expect?

Thanks in advance for any helpful hints.
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Howdy:

Totally depends on the version of your old XP cd. Did it come with your old system (is it a Dell, HP, Acer, etc)?

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Hi,
Thanks for the quick reply.

OEM CD (not a recovery CD)
Non A-brand PC
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Hi,
Thanks for the quick reply.

OEM CD (not a recovery CD)
Non A-brand PC


Would be illegal to use it even if Microsoft decides to activate it.

The OEM cd is forever married to the system it was first installed. Even if you junk that system, the OEM cd cannot legally be used on any other system.

I suggest you purchase a retail version of XP. More money but the license can be transferred.

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Thanks for the info. Now I know what to do.

Solved.
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