My computer's motherboard/CPU/PSU died, so I am replacing most of my computer components. I have a copy of Windows XP Home activated on one of my old computer's hard drives--a 12-year-old 20 gig PATA hard drive that I would like to retire. I also have the original OEM Windows XP home operating system on CD. Parts seem to come and go on my machine, but I have kept that old 20 gig hard drive as my C: drive because it would be a pain to move the license.
The new motherboard may not have a PATA connection on it. I haven't chosen the new one yet. Can I somehow move my licensed copy of Windows XP to another one of my hard drives? I do have an adaptor that converts USB to PATA so I can connect my old drive, but as a removeable USB device, even if the replacement motherboard has no PATA on it.
Does a Windows XP license end when old hardware dies? Or does it continue as long as it is not activated on more than one computer? I want to know my rights as a legal owner of a Windows XP license. I don't want to discuss the merits of switching to Windows 7, or how support for Windows XP will soon end. I'd like to know my rights before I make a decision whether I want to switch to Windows 7, Linux, or whatever.
I did talk with someone from Microsoft in 2003 when I first activated the license, and they gave me some kind of code to enter. What can I expect if I try to install it on a different hard drive now? Do I just tell them I deleted it off of the other hard drive, and they give me a code? Is internet activation likely to succeed?
Thanks in advance for any help with this question
The OEM license is only for the single PC it's installed on. If you move it 2 feet to the left, technically you can't transfer it. You may still have it activated it, but according to the licence agreement, you are not allowed to.
The full XP version you can move from PC to PC, as long as it's installed on one PC at a time.
In strict technical terms, Hang the 9 is totally correct but I doubt they'd refuse you in the circumstances. You'll need to do all the work first then telephone the activation line for your country.
If I was doing the job, I would clone the system on to a SATA drive using a third party machine and Acronis True Image 2011. Then delete all the old drivers and any references to the OEM system. Next, pop the drivers for the new motherboard in the new system before installing it into the box.
Give you some feedback on my systems I swap a lot of parts around to get optimum use out of my systems and sometimes my hardware fails or hdd fails or I get a nasty bug that wipes my system out, anyway been through a lot of thing and so far I have noticed that every six months to a year you can reactive your copy of xp with different hardware. I do have multiple systems but I also have multiple licenses.
What I suggest you do is you retire your old pc and install xp on a new one or get the hdd out of the old one and put it in the one you want and activate it, either way it will work.
As long as you are one license per one system you are ok.