Question about XP

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Found 17th Mar 2008
I've just peeled my XP home COA sticker off my pc case which i stuck on some time ago as i got a new pc case

I have the genuine cd and the COA (bit crimpled)

Where do i stand with it ?

Can I sell it or just bin it

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Well if this is the OEM version of Windows XP (which I assume it is) then it is legally only ever supposed to be used on one computer. It cannot be legally moved to another computer.

This differs from the retail boxed version which CAN be moved to another PC as long as you remove the software from the original PC.

Although the OEM version is only supposed to be used on one computer, there is a sort of grey area if you decide to upgrade your computer with a new part, such as a new motherboard or CPU. When is a new computer not a new computer.

The problem anyone may have who tries to install this software on another PC is that it will not activate (because the hardware is diferent). You will then have to phone Microsoft and convince them you have just upgraded your PC, rather than that you are trying to put it on a new PC.

I have never done this so not sure how flexible they are.

Selling only the CD with COA sticker is illegal as the OEM licence essentially 'dies' with the hardware it was initially installed on - i.e., it cannot be transferred to another/different computer.

However, you should be OK I reckon if you were to sell the genuine CD+COA alongwith the hardware that the WinXP OEM was initially installed on - mainly CPU, motherboard & hard disk I think.

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Might as well bin it then, it's OEM and I have phoned up before to Activate it when I got my new PC.

So off to the bin it goes ?

I'm not prepared to sell my hardware hehe as I use my pc

Don't bin it! If you were to upgrade any time in the future you can sell it on/give it away with the old components :thumbsup:. I'm sure the recipient will be well-pleased:), especially if you've donated it to a charity that sends computers to Africa for example.

wierdowoss;1732995

Might as well bin it then, it's OEM and I have phoned up before to … Might as well bin it then, it's OEM and I have phoned up before to Activate it when I got my new PC.So off to the bin it goes ?I'm not prepared to sell my hardware hehe as I use my pc



so what license are u using on that hardware?,

Original Poster Banned

XP Pro on this machine

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Keep it as it adds value to the PC.
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