installing XP Pro

I bought a non upgrade Windows XP Pro SP2.  I installed it on both a desktop and a notebook.  I purchased a new desktop.  I intend to install the XP Pro over the OEM XP Home that is pre installed on the PC that was just bought.  When I register the XP Pro, will microsoft tell me I am installing the XP Pro on an additional PC and require me to telephone microsoft and explain I am installing the operating system on a replacement PC rather than another PC?  I reinstalled the OEM XP Home on the older desktop PC.


dastaubAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

PUNKYCommented:
You have to call M$ to activate windows, though.
0
David-HowardCommented:
If you have installed and registered the XP Pro software and attempt to install it on a different machine you will be required to reactivate it.
You can most likely correct the activiation issue by contacting Microsoft and explaining the process.
Microsoft Activation via phone.
Microsoft @ 888-652-2342
David
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
              Hi dastaub
                       If you havent activate windows with this key recently, microsoft wont ask you that and will accept activation. If you installed and activated this key many times, then you will have to activate it via telephone as David mentioned.

Regards
0
Upgrade your Question Security!

Your question, your audience. Choose who sees your identity—and your question—with question security.

dastaubAuthor Commented:
>>If you havn't activated windows with this key recently

How much time does Microsoft accept as 'recently'?
0
dastaubAuthor Commented:
Found this explanation of the process:
Windows XP sends a numeric identifier generated from ten of your system's components to Microsoft's server, which in turn sends you a certificate activating your copy of Windows XP on that particular machine.
If you have a network card and leave it alone, you should be able to remove or replace up to six other signature elements (including the display and IDE adapters, the CPU, the amount of installed RAM, the hard drive, and the CD-ROM/RW or DVD drive) without triggering activation. Otherwise, you can still change up to four other elements before having to contact Microsoft. Adding components never triggers a challenge.

More importantly, WPA resets after 120 days, considering whatever you have to be the activated configuration. That means that after four months you can install XP on a second PC, activate it, and keep the first one operating without running afoul of WPA.

Doing so would violate the software license, but Microsoft is probably wise to cut us all some slack here.
0
David-HowardCommented:
My comment should not have included recently. If you have used the key and registered with Microsoft you will need to do so again. It has been my experience that Microsoft will generate a new key for you.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Legacy OS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.