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June 21, 2007 1:32:49 AM

I'm building a new computer soon, and I was wondering if I could use the same Windows XP disk that came with the computer I'm currently on to install Windows on my new computer?


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June 21, 2007 1:58:52 AM

why don't you just move what you have now or do want to start fresh?
June 21, 2007 2:00:03 AM

This is kind of the "Family Computer" and I just wanted something better, so I can't really just butcher this one....

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June 21, 2007 3:12:50 AM

if you have the key then the worst case senario is calling ms and getting a new key ;) 
June 21, 2007 3:14:06 AM

I have the key... So are you saying I can just call up MS and they'll give me a new one? Will it cost me anything?

June 21, 2007 3:17:03 AM

no if you can provide proof I think you can get the first 3 to 5 pretty easy after that its gonna be hard.

but if you wait for grumpy he knows much better.

but why don't you go ahead and try and install it, worst case scenario you get stuck at the verification window.
June 21, 2007 12:18:09 PM

You can use the XP CD on as many computers as you want but you need a different XP Product Key for each computer. You can get Windows XP Home for $89.00.

June 22, 2007 2:51:25 AM

So there's no way to get another product key besides buying it?

June 22, 2007 4:54:10 AM

Did you think MS was going to give you one for free?


Of course there are ways of obtaining product keys... but they are not exactly legal. With WGA, it's also a royal pain in the ass because MS keeps updating it, making it necessary to keep cracking it. Even if you do crack it, you still can't download a lot of things from MS's website (IE 7, Media Player 11, Windows Defender as examples)... so to me it's really not worth the hassle. I'd rather pay cash and be legit than to put up with all the BS.
June 27, 2007 9:12:10 PM

By law you are supposed to buy a product key for each machine running. However ,I personally have called MS on vista and xp when needing a new product key. They verified that I had an actual cd, asked why i needed a new key and gave me one. Currently, I have one cd for vista and one cd for xp. But I have three vista product keys all work. The new key I was given for xp has been used on 5 machines. currently it is on 3. All are registered with MS. I dont condone pirating software but it can be done. MS WILL give you one (around 5)for free.

YES one cd will install on both machines. but it must be a real MS cd not a restore cd.

P.S. I bought the machines with xp pro. I just did a clean format because of all the junk that comes on a new computer. I OWN 7 or 8 product keys. I chose to use one because it is easier. If MS needs it I can prove every copy I have or should have. All machines are registered and have automatic updates on.
June 28, 2007 1:52:35 AM

Well, I have a genuine Windows XP disc... would I be able to call MS and tell them I got a new hard drive? Or would i need more than that to get another product key?

June 28, 2007 2:06:11 AM

you mean you lost your product key ;) 
June 28, 2007 2:07:32 AM

yes, that's it :wink: haha.. My friend's dad is a computer tech, so I think i might be able to get a little hook-up, this will be a good plan B.

June 28, 2007 2:27:09 AM

good luck ;)