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XP Home product key legal question

Posted on 2007-07-23
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Last Modified: 2011-01-19
Ok, I have a custombuilt computer that has an OEM version of XP Home pre-installed on it. There is a valid product key sticker on the PC as well. Problem is I lost the XP CD that came with my computer, so my question is can I "legally" install XP Home on my computer using any generic OEM XP Home CD with "my" product key?
Question by:JordyBoy100
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SheharyaarSaahil earned 400 total points
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you have to contact MS to send you a replacement cd.
using the legal key with anohter cd is not gonna make it legal :)

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fixati0n earned 100 total points
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If you have the product key sticker then you have a license for that software.

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Ok, so even if I get MS to send me another "XP Home SP2 OEM CD", in all technicality whats the difference between that CD and the "XP Home SP2 OEM CD" that I'm using? I mean if both CDs are identical and I'm using "my" product key then what difference does it make?
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SheharyaarSaahil earned 400 total points
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its not the question of "difference" between the discs, its about the fact that MS releases one Product Key per xp cd, which can be used ONLY with this cd, using it anywhere else is against the copyright.
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Pber earned 300 total points
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See this:

Specifically this quote from the above link:

"Another common misconception is that you can transfer a preinstalled or OEM copy of Windows from an "old" machine to a new machine. An OEM software license may not be transferred from and old machine to a new machineeven if that machine is no longer in use. The OEM license is tied to the machine on which it was originally installed and can't be transferred to other machines.
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willcomp earned 200 total points
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In practice, it works. However it is not strictly in compliance with MS EULA. You may find this interesting.


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Wow, y'all have defiantly cleared up this issue for me I appreciate it! I guess the bottom line is that people just need to make the extra effort to not lose their original OS CD if they want to keep things legal.(although thats never gunna happen).

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