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Ext User(Patrick Keenan)
01-06-2007, 09:23 PM
"john" <john@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1C224462-C5E4-44F8-A657-3584C2FCD5A9@microsoft.com...
> thanks Patrick
> so i can put my xp upgrade disk in an be ok
> ms will take my xp # an get rid of hers was a oem #

Well... not really, if your XP license is installed on another machine.
When you go to activate it, and you must, the activation servers may very
well detect that you've previously activated using that key, and refuse
activation.

You should be given a chance to phone (you'll be given a number, usually
toll-free) and discuss with a person who can, if you are using that upgrade
license on one and only one machine, issue an activation code you'll have to
type in.

Otherwise, you'll need to get another license, as all XP Home and
retail/OEM/upgrade versions of Pro are licensed for single machines only.

The only exception is the Volume License version of XP Pro, which starts at
five licenses, all of which will use the same key.

HTH
-pk

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> "Patrick Keenan" wrote:
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>> "john" <john@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:C62BD512-A40D-4EF9-BA58-B5FEF8DD3D45@microsoft.com...
>> >
>> > Patrick it was what i was asking
>> > how can i save or use the hard drive to use on my old computer
>> > the hard drive is only 1 month old her mother board went bad she had a
>> > xp
>> > oem disk
>>
>> And you just want to attach and use the hard disk? Or do you want to
>> boot
>> from that disk?
>>
>> > i dont i have a xp update disk on this computer
>> > hers was a new seagate hard drive with a 5 year warranty 120 gb
>> > i only have a 40 gb hard drive
>>
>> If you have a working XP install and don't care about the data on the
>> larger
>> drive, just attach it as a secondary drive, setting jumpers
>> appropriately.
>> Once installed, you can partition/format/use the disk as you see fit.
>>
>> However, if you have no WIndows install or recovery CDs, you should find
>> a
>> way to make them. Check with the manufacturer of your system.
>>
>> HTH
>> -pk
>>
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>> > "Patrick Keenan" wrote:
>> >
>> >> "john" <john@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:D74AA3A2-33F3-486F-A549-D9439AA04551@microsoft.com...
>> >> > id like to put my xp update on it an use it in my computer
>> >> > can i put my cd in an do a repair
>> >>
>> >> I'm still not sure what you're asking, but if your system was
>> >> originally
>> >> an
>> >> OEM version of XP, and you have a retail upgrade disk, no, this won't
>> >> work
>> >> because the retail CD will not accept the OEM install key on your
>> >> system -
>> >> and vice versa.
>> >>
>> >> If that isn't what you meant, could you rephrase your question with
>> >> more
>> >> details?
>> >>
>> >> HTH
>> >> -pk
>> >>
>> >> >
>> >> > "Patrick Keenan" wrote:
>> >> >
>> >> >> "john" <john@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> >> news:019A1840-1482-46AC-A83F-651A9E098D82@microsoft.com...
>> >> >> > it has a oem xp on it 120gb lost the mother bord
>> >> >> > i only have xp upgrade 40gb
>> >> >>
>> >> >> Unfortunately your question is just a bit vague. What is it you
>> >> >> want
>> >> >> to
>> >> >> achieve?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> -pk
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