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How to reuse XP product key after uninstall??

Hi,
I installed XP Home on one of my PCs recently but have since decided to put it on another.
I have uninstalled XP from the first computer and have since formatted the HDD, but when i go to activate windows on my second computer, i get the message... we have detected that you have exceeded the limit of installations of windows Xp or somthing like that...
What do i do so i can activate windows?
Cheers
Leon
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LongbowCommented:
You need to call the Microsoft Support.
Check also here :
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307890
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honnieCommented:
One thing to take note. OEM copy of OS cannot be transfer to another box. http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx

Since i am in this topic, let me share something...

You need not to buy a complete set of system to justify for a copy of OEM OS (MS). You can buy the OEM OS with a power cable as well! so... for those who wish to be compliance, you can buy OEM XP with power cable (make sure that all these r in 1 invoice will do).

I got this info from a MS licensing manager....

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TorrwinCommented:
You can type the following into Start Menu -> Run:

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

Then choose activate over the phone, and follow its directions.
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leonpetrieAuthor Commented:
I thought i might add that i didnt puchase the computer with XP installed, i bought the OS separately, if that makes any difference?
So is phoning the way to go? Is it the only way? I am just a bit annoyed also, as i can't email the Microsoft Support people either... which is pretty stupid.
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honnieCommented:
Am i right to say that u bought a retail box OS? IF this is the case, you can transfer the license to another box. Uness u bought a OEM version instead.

Once u r very sure that u r compliance, no harm calling them. I mean, U paid for it, rite? U deserve their assistance.
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leonpetrieAuthor Commented:
Lol, i think i bought an OEM version (didnt come in a box) because it was cheaper.. and i dont think i have compliance or whatever because i can't send MS support an email or anything...
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TorrwinCommented:
Calling them is actually pretty easy.  Basically they ask for the number, and then:

Microsoft: "Are you stealing this?"
You: "No"
Microsoft: "Are you sure?"
You: "Yes"

Just tell them you formatted your hard drive, and the original installation no longer exists.  They've always accepted that from me.
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honnieCommented:
Torrwin is rite.... U jus tell them u jus formatted ure HDD....
Ok.. i had actually bombed the MS licensing manager with OEM limitations...
I asked him can i change every single parts of the system (MB, CPU, HDD...) BUT i remain the Chasis ( the product key sticker is stick to the casing )... He told me NO... but.. he said that they will not go to check till this level... at the end of the day, if u do own a license (be it OEM, retail, upgrade etc)... they will treat u as their valued customer and give u the support that u ask for... Ofcuz... provided u r a home user and not on business side...
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leonpetrieAuthor Commented:
OK thanks for that honnie and torrwin, i will ring them this week.
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