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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Does anyone know if i can re use my Windows XP disk on another computer as i installed it on my laptop which is now broke and wondered if i cvan install it on another PC?
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
i thought i read somewhere you can install xp on 3 machines within a household without any problem, but not 100% sure about it, if i find any info will let you know.
#2
Is it a OEM version or retail?
#3
rob200375
i thought i read somewhere you can install xp on 3 machines within a household without any problem, but not 100% sure about it, if i find any info will let you know.


NOT TRUE. The only thing I know of that you can install on 3 PCs in the home is "Office 2007 Home and Student edition".

Windows XP should only be installed on ONE PC at ant one time.
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It depends which version of XP it is (and I DONT mean if it is Home or Professional).

Microsoft produce a number of different packaging and pricing options for Windows XP, and it does depend which one yours is (which is why harlzter asked).

The two main versions that concern us here are RETAIL and OEM.

The Retail version is the full boxed version you get from PC World etc. This can only be installed on ONE PC at a time, but if you remove it from one PC you CAN install it on another PC.

If you bought a laptop with XP already installed on it (and it had the license sticker on the bottom) then this was the OEM version (if you are a PC builder you can buy the OEM version from Amazon, PC World etc). The OEM version does not come with the box or any documentation.

The official rule from Microsoft is that the OEM version of Windows DIES when the PC dies and CANNOT be installed on another PC (for ANY reason).

The OEM version is cheaper than the Retail version which is why Microsoft say this (although I think it is like your car maker saying you cannot use your car tyres on another car if your car happens to be written off in a crash which is a bit of a nerve)

So if it is the OEM version you CANNOT put it on another PC, if it is the Retail version you CAN as long as you are not using it on another PC.

If you have the OEM version but dont mind breaking the licensing rules then you could install it on another PC BUT when you come to activate it Microsoft may ask you why the hardware is not the same as the original hardware it was installed on. You could say the motherboard blew up and you had to put a new motherboard in the PC. They may accept that.
#5
Thanks guys for all your help much appreciated


Anyone know where i can buy lightscribe from?
#6
kate50dadford;2398619
Thanks guys for all your help much appreciated


Anyone know where i can buy lightscribe from?

Recorder or discs? I know play.com do cheapish lightscribe recorders from £17.99 http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/4376185/LG-20x-GSA-H55LBRL-DVDRW-Internal-IDE-Lightscribe-Drive/Product.html

Discs? Try svp for a guess.
#7
harlzter
Recorder or discs? I know play.com do cheapish lightscribe recorders from £17.99 http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/4376185/LG-20x-GSA-H55LBRL-DVDRW-Internal-IDE-Lightscribe-Drive/Product.html

Discs? Try svp for a guess.


i'm really idiot where this is concerned but it sounded good!! is it hard to install and use?
#8
guilbert53
NOT TRUE. The only thing I know of that you can install on 3 PCs in the home is "Office 2007 Home and Student edition".

Windows XP should only be installed on ONE PC at ant one time.


i have it on 2 computers and its fine
#9
vicknanth
i have it on 2 computers and its fine


well you shouldn't mr gates won't be able to buy Antigua now,, go sit on the naughty step ;)
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kate50dadford;2399135
i'm really idiot where this is concerned but it sounded good!! is it hard to install and use?

are you looking to replace an existing drive or add another? If replacing then just undo the two screws on each side of the drive, unplug the cables at rear and slide forwards, to install just reverse the procedure, if adding as a second firstly check you have a spare molex (power connector) and a spare connector on the ribbon cable leading to your existing one, most pc's have seperate ribbon cables for the hard drive and the optical drives, then just install the same way as the existing one is and connect the cables. Really simple. GUIDE

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