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I recently bought a cd key for a retail version of windows xp pro off of a friend of mine who upgraded to vista. Is there any problem with me using any windows professional disc to install it on my brothers machine? I saw a post from not too long asking the same thing, except with an OEM copy. Thanks in advance
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As long as you have a Key, using a different disc to install it is fine.
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That was probably my post you remember reading!

I think if you get right down to the license agreement, you cannot take an OEM product key and transfer it to another computer. 'Another computer' refers to a new machine (duh) or even a substantial upgrade like a motherboard swap.

Retail, if I remember correctly, can be transferred from machine to machine so long as it's only installed on one at a time. If you have a retail product key, I'm almost positive you will need the retail disc associated with it. I'm not sure how retail key/OEM disc works out but I don't think OEM key/retail disc will work at all.

Sorry for all the uncertainty, I just want to lead you down the wrong path.
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As long as you have a Key, using a different disc to install it is fine.
I think so, but in another thread I also read that you can't download that "different disk."

So basically you can use another disk, but you can't download it online.

I'm honestly tired of all this licensing bull crap... lol

But seriously, the rules and everything... So sick of it.
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I recently bought a cd key for a retail version of windows xp pro off of a friend of mine who upgraded to vista. Is there any problem with me using any windows professional disc to install it on my brothers machine? I saw a post from not too long asking the same thing, except with an OEM copy. Thanks in advance
As long as he hasn't installed it and activated it. It's fine. XP is locked into the hardware configuration of the first computer that activates it. ~JadeMiner~
    
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As long as he hasn't installed it and activated it. It's fine. XP is locked into the hardware configuration of the first computer that activates it. ~JadeMiner~
Not true, that's only for OEM copies of XP, which would have been illegal to sell.
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Not true, that's only for OEM copies of XP, which would have been illegal to sell.
Unless Microsoft has changed it's policy. Each version of XP (OEM OR retail) is locked into the hardware configuration of the first computer that activates it. It uses a points system. Once too many of the pieces of hardware are changed (like a different computer, or a motherboard CPU ram upgrade) it triggers the CD Key NOT to allow activation on that computer. To say a retail version of XP can be activated with the same CD Key on ANY computer after being activated is simply not true.
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Even if it was OEM, you just call in, and answer a couple questions. Usually they ask "how many other machines has this been installed on". At this point, I answered just one, I just swapped out my mobo and some parts. And Voila.

Granted, your situation is different, but i see no legal issues whatsoever.
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Even if it was OEM, you just call in, and answer a couple questions. Usually they ask "how many other machines has this been installed on". At this point, I answered just one, I just swapped out my mobo and some parts. And Voila.

Granted, your situation is different, but i see no legal issues whatsoever.
It's a widely known fact the Microsoft often violates its own EULA through the phone activation service. If they don't care and activate it, then you shouldn't care.
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Unless Microsoft has changed it's policy. Each version of XP (OEM OR retail) is locked into the hardware configuration of the first computer that activates it. It uses a points system. Once too many of the pieces of hardware are changed (like a different computer, or a motherboard CPU ram upgrade) it triggers the CD Key NOT to allow activation on that computer. To say a retail version of XP can be activated with the same CD Key on ANY computer after being activated is simply not true.
That has always been the case more or less, but there is a very large difference between the two.

With a retail XP, you could sell it on the street, and they could reactivate and use it legally.

With OEM XP, you can only install it on one machine, and can't ever use it on a different one. Basically once you trip the hardware change thing, you have to buy a new OS.
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