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    Max Installs for WinXP (WinXP SP2)

    I had an interesting experience today. It raised the question as to whether there is a 'maximum" number of reinatalls for a given copy of WinXP.

    My business PC has been running WinXP since shortly after it was originally released, about 2002 (?). It's now slipstreamed to SP2. As this PC has been maintained and received a couple of new motherboards over that time, the re-authorization of XP has been straight forward--until today. I was notified that I needed to call MS, which I did. I got this nice Indian lady who wanted to know why I was reinstalling this copy approximately every year. (?) I explained that I had just updated the motherboard and though this was technically the same PC (in one way of looking at it), since it now has a new MB, SATA disk, etc, it could be viewed as another PC. She wanted to know how many other PCs I'd instaled this copy of XP on! Only this one, was my reply (Truely, only this one!). I asked her if there is a theoretical "maximum" number of times a given copy of XP can be installed. She said yes there is, but she had no idea how many times that is.

    This all struck me as kind of odd. Maybe I ran into someone who just had a fight with her husband or boy-friend. I had not thought there was any maximum number of times to reinstall the same copy, as long as it's only on ONE PC.

    Has anyone else seen anything like this? Just wondering.

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    Re: Max Installs for WinXP (WinXP SP2)

    If you are talkling about re-activation there is not hard limit. The activation software does a calculation and if the result falls outside some limits then you are required to call MS to explain the situation. This requirement is both time and hardware based. When XP was initially released there was much discussion throughout the Internet about activation. There are probably threads here that you could find if you did a search. BTW, all this is for a retail purchase of XP (either full or upgrade versions). If you have an OEM copy supplied with a PC purchase (not home built) it is likely tied to a motherboard. So, if you change the motherboard then it is a new PC and technically you are supposed to buy another copy of XP.

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    Re: Max Installs for WinXP (WinXP SP2)

    Hi Joe,
    That is what I've always thought and I'm certain you're correct. I was just surprised by the nature of the quesitons I was asked. I always build my own PCs (except for laptops), so this is a commercially purchased copy of XP, although it is one of the first, 2 or 3 months after XP was released.

    Thanks for the clarification. Makes complete sense.

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