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Anonymous
July 5, 2005 8:58:01 PM

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Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a registered copy
and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but recently i was given
another home build computer with no OS, and was wondering if anyone knew
Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load a registered copy of XP on.
If someone would give me the complete details on this it would be much
apreciated.
Anonymous
July 5, 2005 10:06:49 PM

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In news:98A3904F-08B2-47AA-BB2F-8A86F7D099D9@microsoft.com,
pyro <daryl75052@yahoo.com> typed:

> Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a
> registered
> copy and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but
> recently i
> was given another home build computer with no OS, and was
> wondering
> if anyone knew Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load
> a
> registered copy of XP on. If someone would give me the complete
> details on this it would be much apreciated.


The rule is quite clear. It's one copy (or one license) for each
computer.

There's nothing new here. This is exactly the same rule that's
been in effect on every version of Windows starting with Windows
3.1. The only thing new with XP is that there's now an
enforcement mechanism.

If yours is a retail version, not an OEM one, you can buy extra
licenses (see
<http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/addlic....;).
But it's not generally a good deal. The problem is that Microsoft
sells additional licenses at only a small savings over the list
price. You're almost certainly better off just buying a complete
second copy from a discount source.


--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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Anonymous
July 5, 2005 10:19:08 PM

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copied from the EULA
Installation and Use. Except as otherwise expressly
provided in this EULA, you may install, use, access,
display and run only one (1) copy of the SOFTWARE on
the COMPUTER. The SOFTWARE may not
be used by more than two (2) processors at any one time
on the COMPUTER, unless a higher number is indicated
on the Certificate of Authenticity. You may permit a
maximum of ten (10) ("Connection Maximum") computers
or other electronic devices (each a "Device") to connect
to the COMPUTER to utilize the services of the SOFTWARE
solely for File and Print services, Internet Information
services, and remote access (including connection sharing
and telephony services). The ten (10) Connection Maximum
includes any indirect connections made through
"multiplexing" or other software or hardware which pools
or aggregates connections. Except as otherwise permitted
below, you may not use the Device to use, access, display
or run the SOFTWARE, the SOFTWARE's
User Interface or other executable software residing
on the COMPUTER.
peterk

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"pyro" <daryl75052@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:98A3904F-08B2-47AA-BB2F-8A86F7D099D9@microsoft.com...
> Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a registered copy
> and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but recently i was given
> another home build computer with no OS, and was wondering if anyone knew
> Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load a registered copy of XP
> on.
> If someone would give me the complete details on this it would be much
> apreciated.
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Anonymous
July 5, 2005 11:15:20 PM

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You need to purchase a new Windows XP license for each
installation on a different computer. You cannot use the
same license (Product Key) if you install on different PCs.

Please read your End-User License Agreement by going
to Start > Run and type: WINVER , and hit enter. Then
click on "End-User License Agreement".

From the Windows XP EULA:

1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access,
display and run one copy of the Software on a single
computer, such as a workstation, terminal or other
device ("Workstation Computer"). The Software may not
be used by more than two (2) processors at any one
time on any single Workstation Computer.

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/window...

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"pyro" wrote:

| Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a registered copy
| and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but recently i was given
| another home build computer with no OS, and was wondering if anyone knew
| Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load a registered copy of XP on.
| If someone would give me the complete details on this it would be much
| apreciated.
Anonymous
July 5, 2005 11:44:50 PM

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pyro wrote:
> Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a registered
> copy and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but recently i
> was given another home build computer with no OS, and was wondering
> if anyone knew Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load a
> registered copy of XP on. If someone would give me the complete
> details on this it would be much apreciated.

According to the End User License Agreement (EULA) that you are supposed to
read as you install (and have to click to Agree to) - one license per
installation. And in your case (OEM) once it is installed, it is "bound" by
that EULA to the first machine installed on - and can never be separated -
no matter what happens to the machine (if it burns up in a fire/is stolen -
it is gone just like the machine.)

Read it in all its mumbo-jumboness..
Start --> Run
WINVER
OK
Click on the words "End-User License Agreement"

How to obtain additional licenses for Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814175

Unfortunately - you have an OEM copy and do not qualify - there are reasons
OEMs are cheap....

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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Anonymous
July 6, 2005 12:44:43 AM

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Hi,

According to the license agreement, it's one copy for one pc. For a second
pc, you need another license. An OEM version is generally not transferrable
once activated, you would need another copy of WinXP in most cases.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"pyro" <daryl75052@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:98A3904F-08B2-47AA-BB2F-8A86F7D099D9@microsoft.com...
> Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a registered copy
> and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but recently i was given
> another home build computer with no OS, and was wondering if anyone knew
> Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load a registered copy of XP
> on.
> If someone would give me the complete details on this it would be much
> apreciated.
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 12:57:56 AM

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Pyro,
Same as it has been on all versions of windows, just XP and Win2k3 now
enforce it. Oh, that would be (1) one, uno.

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"pyro" <daryl75052@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:98A3904F-08B2-47AA-BB2F-8A86F7D099D9@microsoft.com...
> Ok I own a copy of microsoft windows xp pro (OEM) and it a registered copy
> and has been working fine for the 6 months or so, but recently i was given
> another home build computer with no OS, and was wondering if anyone knew
> Microsoft's rules on how many pc's you can load a registered copy of XP
> on.
> If someone would give me the complete details on this it would be much
> apreciated.
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