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    Installing XP on another machine

    I have an old desktop (1GHZ processor - 512 RAM - 300gb HDD) that I would like to upgrade to XP from Win ME.

    I have a 1yr old Dell laptop with XP (but no XP disk) can I make a copy and use it to install on the desktop?

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    if you have the licence key, then technically you could borrow someone else's XP disc and just use your key

    Think each XP disc is linked to its own key and not transferable, can always buy a cheap oem from ebuyer:idea:

    err in simple terms, You could use your laptop code yes.............But (and it needs to be said unfortunately)

    That would be illegal and both machines should have their own unique COA....

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the responses - I was under the impression that I could copy a Microsoft OS to one other machine as long as it was for my own use.

    I thought the only problem would be in getting a copy of XP and the key code from the laptop (any ideas?) - again presuming this is legal.:whistling:

    i doubt microsoft would care if you made 1,000 copies if you had 1,000 keys,but no xp is only liscensed not owned so its 1 key 1 machine.hell just install a copy and use mublinder theyve got enough money.

    p.s. no discs arent linked to each key imagine having to do that for the 900 million liscenses whew.

    This is an interesting article for you to read: ]http//ww…tml

    If you want to install XP on another machine have a look at Scan or ebuyer for an OEM copy, so long as you buy qualifying hardware that will be used as part of the finished system, then you can legally buy an OEM copy (items like RAM, Hard Disk, Keyboard, mouse etc should qualify) This works out cheaper than paying £190 for the full retail version or £80 for an upgrade. ]http//ww…053

    charliebrown

    Thanks for the responses - I was under the impression that I could copy a … Thanks for the responses - I was under the impression that I could copy a Microsoft OS to one other machine as long as it was for my own use.I thought the only problem would be in getting a copy of XP and the key code from the laptop (any ideas?) - again presuming this is legal.:whistling:



    You can legally make a back up copy of the original Software Disk (for your own use, if you had it), but using the software on another PC is against the EULA agreement that you accept as part of the installation terms as it is only licensed for 1 PC. With this being a volume licence from Dell it is unlikely that you could use it's key on another machine anyway as they are usually locked to the BIOS of the computer they are installed on, sorry.
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