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hi there,


i hv a desktop with windows xp installed, and A laptop with windows 7 installed.  what i want to do is removing the OS,then installed XP on laptop and win7 on desktop.  since the two licenses were activated already when i first purchased the desktop and laptop, if i install them on different machine now, will i able to activate them?

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the problem imho if you change a desktop to a laptop most of the hardware is different and that will make activation fail as licenses allow a certaian amount of hardware changes without activation
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yes the hardware is al different, so there is no way to actiavte the license?
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no unless you speak to microsoft I believe
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If both OSes were Retail versions, you could do it without too much trouble, but it sounds like these are OEM versions, which are probably "keyed" to the specific  machines.

We need to know what the systems are, to get a better idea.
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both windows come with the machine i purchased. to my understanding, these are OEM version, right? or there is other way to determine whether it's OEM or retail?
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no not really if both machines have a windows 7 pro then you should be "ok" as you have a valid license for that machine but you will need to do a backup to get your my docs etc from both machines before you do the installs
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If it came installed from a company like Dell, HP, Acer, etc. (or many other system builders), then it is OEM.  You will have a sticker on the computer with a Windows product key on it.  If they are OEM, then, as has been stated, XP belongs to your desktop and 7 belongs to your laptop, and the license prevents you from installing one on the other.  It will be a violation of the license, but if they are different brands, chances are you won't be able to install on one with media from the other, as each OEM's media is usually keyed to look in the BIOS for the brand.
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ppl commented above are right. OEM license can't be installed on diff machine.  I tried and it wont allow me to activate.  
Though these are not really the "solution" to my question, but i accept these as "answer" to my question.
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Thank you much.   : )
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