Found 27th Jul 2010
I have a pc that died on me, on the side is a windows Key code, as the pc is no good to me any more and neither is the code, am I able to sell the code?

I am sure i can as i am the owner of it. And will it be any good for someone else to use?

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Possibly not, the licence number is sometimes associated with the serial number of the mother board / cpu upon activation...

Would all depend if it was an OEM licence...

if it wad pre installed on computer then no! it will not work another computer

Original Poster

That is great guys thanks for the info,

It would work, but the person you sold it to would have to call Microsoft, and tell them they got a new computer as their old one died, so they want to transfer the license.

really? was not aware you could do that?

What do you mean by died? Someone may buy the complete pc as it is to repair it?

Original Poster

well I do not know if any of what is left works so i would feel bad about selling it. it is a AMD quardcore cpu, no ram just the processor and board remain.

As far as i'm aware Microsoft purge their system of your PC setup associated with licence key after three months of non use but this may only be hearsay.

Having said that I am currently on a PC I built to replace a one that died six months ago and i'm happily using the old copy of XP and it activated with no problems.

Seen this question asked lots of times and the answer always seems to NO. The COA sticker on the PC or laptop is not transferable . Well , maybe not legaly ,But I've used the stickers from old Pc's and laptops that have been disposed of at work and used them on second hand Pc's and laptops that were not supplied with genuine operating systems .No problems , whatsoever . Put the sticker on the case , install the required OS and register on-line .It's as simple as that.

Theres two isseus here - does it work and is it legal.

Taking the second one first - the COA sticker supplied with your PC is almost certainly an OEM licence, which is absolutely non-transferrable. You have no legal right to use this COA code on any other PC other than the one it was bought with.

Also as stated above some manufacturers (Dell, for example, and maybe more of the bigger companies) did build in some extra checks into the windows install disks and thy wont install on non-Dell hardware.

However, If you dont have one of these, when you install and try to activate it will fail and the installation will give you a phone number to call - tell them your motherboard died and you had to replace it and they will almost certainly give you a new code over the phone - type this in and away you go. I have done this many time when upgrading friends and colleagues PCs.

So, in summary its very likely that it will be usable on another PC as long as you accept you don't have the legal right to do so !

You could sell it as faulty. As long as you are honest about the condition and fault then I'm sure somebody will buy it without feeling ripped off. Even more so if it is a quad core cpu, some people will chance the motherboard being faulty and not the cpu or the other way round.
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