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My neighbors got a free version of XP Professional through there work and gave it to me around 4 months or so ago. I installed it on my laptop which came with XP Home Edition. And I'm just wondering if I'm in the middle of building a new computer (ordering the parts that is) can I install this XP Professional if I uninstall it off my laptop? Haven't really messed with much switching operating systems and all. I'm assuming you can but would like some clarification first. If I can't I guess I might as well buy Vista Home Premium 64 bit.

Edit: Ignore my system build for the moment, it's just what I'm working out in my head.
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You should be able to install it on another system without a problem. I have the same copy of windows pro on 2 of my computers.
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nice. curious though, can it read 4 gbs of ram or whats the cut off?
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Ive installed my copy on numerous of my computers.
But only on one running computer.
If it doesnt activate then just call the number and explain how the motherboard went south and you had to buy a new one.
They will give you a set of numbers that will activate the os.
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This is all wrong information (legally).

If it is an OEM copy of Windows, then it is limited to ONE motherboard, and one motherboard only....PERIOD.

If it is a retail copy of Windows, you can install it on as many motherboards as you'd like...but only one at a time.

What everyone is suggesting to you is illegal and is against TOS here. Does it work? Probably. Its still illegal though.

Also:
Windows XP is a 32bit OS (unless you bought the 64bit which is a waste of money since it has NO driver support). 32 bit operating systems can handle a TOTAL of 4GB of memory. That includes graphics memory and something else too. So you'll be limited to roughly 3GB of total RAM. If you want 4GB of RAM, just get yourself Vista HP 64bit.
 
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
This is all wrong information (legally).

If it is an OEM copy of Windows, then it is limited to ONE motherboard, and one motherboard only....PERIOD.

If it is a retail copy of Windows, you can install it on as many motherboards as you'd like...but only one at a time.

What everyone is suggesting to you is illegal and is against TOS here. Does it work? Probably. Its still illegal though.

Also:
Windows XP is a 32bit OS (unless you bought the 64bit which is a waste of money since it has NO driver support). 32 bit operating systems can handle a TOTAL of 4GB of memory. That includes graphics memory and something else too. So you'll be limited to roughly 3GB of total RAM. If you want 4GB of RAM, just get yourself Vista HP 64bit.
I had an Alienware pc that the motherboard went bad.
I installed new motherboard and loaded windows.
The same windows that came with the pc .
When it got to windows it wanted activated.
I had to call and they asked why I reinstalled.
I told them the motherboard went bad and they happily activated my copy.
The windows coa is on the case not the motherboard.
If its illegal then microsoft aided and abetted my crime.
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Hold up here. What I'm saying is if i have xp pro installed on a comptuer at this moment, but it didn't come with it, can i uninstall it and put home edition back on the computer ( which came with it ) and then instal that xp pro on my new build? If I can't thats really a waste of money to go out and buy a whole new operating system. Microsoft ripping us off again...
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post #8 of 8
The simple answer is yes.
Id say to try at least before you buy new os.
But Ive personally done this without issues.
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