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    XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    Gift machine (old) has W98SE. I'd like to upgrade it to XP Home with the real XP Home CD. I've used it once on another (old) machine. Rumor has it that the CD can't be used for more than one machine.
    What to do?
    Andy

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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    According to my understanding of the licence:

    Is the installation you used it 'once' on still active?
    If so, then no - you can't use it again.

    Is the XP Home CD an OEM one? (i.e. from Dell or other manufacturer?)
    If so, then no - again you can't use it again.

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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    The rumor is TRUE.
    One machine, One copy of XP.
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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15>

    hey... there's always Linux!
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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    Tell that to Ladimer, the original poster! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>
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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    The machine first using my WXP Home (upgrade) is a dead duck.

    The WXPH is not an OEM CD.

    How does MSoft handle machines destroyed with the original XP on it?

    Tnx for reply

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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    I haven't ever had to do it, but what I think you do is install the OS on the "new" machine and make the call to MS, explaining the demise of the old hardware. From what I've read, they're not likely to give you a hard time. Certainly worth a try...

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    Re: XP on second Machine (XP Home)

    Second posting in case you rely on email notices. Here's the lengthy MS article that should contain your answer: Microsoft Product Activation: FAQ. From the article:
    <hr>Is it possible to transfer a license to another computer?

    Consumers should refer to the terms of their license agreement to determine whether or not it is legal to transfer a license to another computer. But in those cases where it is allowed, the product must first be removed from the previous computer. Users may be required to complete the activation on the new computer by placing a call to the Microsoft Activation Center. <hr>

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