how much is a xp professional serial key worth?

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Found 18th Jan 2008
its of my sony vaio that had a faulty motherboard and not really fixed it. Its xp proffesional.

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It probably wont work on any computer. You wont be able to resell it.

Yep, it's an OEM license - tied to the machine it was sold with which means in practice once activated on that machine, it's tied to it (usually via the motherboard). OEM licenses are not transferable, retail licenses are.

John

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oh ok thanks

how much will it cost to repair a sony vaio motherboard its a pcg something.

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oh ok thankshow much will it cost to repair a sony vaio motherboard its a … oh ok thankshow much will it cost to repair a sony vaio motherboard its a pcg something.



pcg? most faults on a motherboard are beyond economical repair. You might be able to install the XP Pro on a new machine but you have to ring Microsoft India up when ever you install it, bit unacceptable to expect a person buying it to ring up and lie they might not be comfortable with that. I installed an OEM XP Pro from an old computer onto a completely new computer, told them my motherboard had broke :whistling: But make sure you tell them it's only installed on one machine only.

Unfortunately lumoruk is correct, many of the laptop components are integrated into the motherboard and it's a custom part as well.

Activating the OEM license on another machine is possible mainly because the MS reps don't really know what they are not allowed to do so it may take a few calls. While it's fine to give that sort of thing a go yourself, unless you make it clear its OEM and may not work (which somewhat devalues the license) then a buyer may not be too happy.

John

Presumably this is true for Home Use Program Machines too? I have one with XP& Office2003 (amongst loads of other software preinatalled) and presumably I can sell the whole machine on as is but not the Hardware and Software separately.

It should activate automatically, if not automated tele call, if not that then speak to person.
This assumes its a vanilla OEM and hasn't been activated in the last 6 months or so.

BTW they trade for about £15 odd on uk.adverts.computer

Worth as much as the motherboard, if the motherboard is useless so is the registration.

During the registration process of Windows OEM, they keys ARE already registered to the auctual hardware and are on record with MS. :thinking: During the regristration processor, serial numbers from the BIOS, motherboard are requested along with footprint of configuration (memory,HDU etc), if these don't match up to what the manufacter originally registered, the registration will fail.
If you carry out upgrades on your PC, this will of course change the registration code, however, you are allow to upgrade a couple of components at a time, any more than 3 (Iam led to believe), then the registration will become invalid. :w00t: Changes won't allow for motherboard replacement, this would have to be done by official dealers who will have to re-register the system board with MS.

Hope this help. In a nutshell, your keys are worth bug*** all ! :thumbsup:

Only Vista restricts use to a single motherboard, Microsoft do not enforce this with XP.

DYOR

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Worth as much as the motherboard, if the motherboard is useless so is the … Worth as much as the motherboard, if the motherboard is useless so is the registration.During the registration process of Windows OEM, they keys ARE already registered to the actual hardware and are on record with MS. :thinking: During the registration processor, serial numbers from the BIOS, motherboard are requested along with footprint of configuration (memory,HDU etc), if these don't match up to what the manufacturer originally registered, the registration will fail.If you carry out upgrades on your PC, this will of course change the registration code, however, you are allow to upgrade a couple of components at a time, any more than 3 (Iam led to believe), then the registration will become invalid. :w00t: Changes won't allow for motherboard replacement, this would have to be done by official dealers who will have to re-register the system board with MS.Hope this help. In a nutshell, your keys are worth bug*** all ! :thumbsup:



This is true for automated registration, but you talk to a rep nicely they will give you the numbers you need as I've stated above.
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